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upgrading from OS10.2.8 to Tiger

I'm fairly illiterate when it comes to technical things like this. If I attempt to do this upgrade on my fairly old iMac, will it work? And if it does, will it wipe out old files on my computer?

thanks in advance

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Upgrading to Tiger

In reply to: upgrading from OS10.2.8 to Tiger

"fairly old iMac" is not exactly detailed specs to elicit a decent answer.

Basically, the G3 iMac, would settle out at 10.3.9 while the G4 iMac would be happy with 10.4 (Tiger)

Some of the later G3 iMacs would handle Tiger but would not give a decent user experience.

As to the actual upgrade, if you do an "Upgrade", then all our files should remain intact and usable after the upgrade

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Yes and no...

In reply to: upgrading from OS10.2.8 to Tiger

depending on your iMac's specifications. If your iMac happens to have a G4 processor featuring a clock speed of 867Mhz or higher, you could consider Leopard, but Tiger is more than adequate on any previous models. My own G4 is running Leopard with its 1Ghz processor and 1.25GB of RAM, and it runs okay. Could be better, but it was better than expected.
Unless you want to wipe out your computer's files, you should choose to upgrade the system. Erase and Install will do away with your files. Choosing the archive option will move your current files away.

Considering that you are using an older iMac, and OS X Jaguar as well, I think that this would be a good time to backup your data and install a clean version of OS X. If you're gonna make the upgrade, it may help to start out fresh. That's just what I would do to make sure that it will work, but you can choose either way. Good luck.

-BMF

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