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    A relative has a black Macbook that she bought used from usedmac. I am reasonably certain that it came with OS X version 10.4 or 10.5. It currently has 10.6.7.

    So my question is, is this from updates? If so, then at what point, if ever, do you need to purchase a newer version?

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    No, 10.6.7 was not available as an update to 10.5. 10.6 is Snow Leopard and 10.6.7 is the current version. Someone will have had to have bought SL and installed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar John View Post
    at what point, if ever, do you need to purchase a newer version?
    To go from 10.4 to 10.5 or 10.5 to 10.6, etc. but not from 10.4.1 to 10.4.2

    If ever? Money keeps them coming, not altruism.

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    I guess usedmac must have installed 10.6 before they shipped it then, because she hasn't purchased any updates. Used mac's usually don't come with any install discs.

    Thanks for the info.

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    They do if you insist on them John. Suggest she wait for the release of Lion OS X.7 shortly and buy a copy of that subject to what model MacBook she purchased. The install disc is the best trouble shooting utility available.
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    Usedmac doesn't actually state what version that they install prior to sale. I know that the used Macs sold by Powermax are all 10.4 or 10.5, so I guess I just assumed that these would be the same.

    I know the "blackbook" hasn't been available since around 2008(?). She likes it a lot, and I may buy her the upgrade to 10.7 when it comes out so that she has a disc.

    Buying used hasn't been a bad experience, but I still think that if I get one for myself, I'll go with a new one, probably a 13 or 15" MBP.

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