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    problem with upgrading form OS x10.5.8
    Anybody who can give a hint on the following issue. I want to take my iMac 2.66 MHz early 2008 model from Leopard 10.5.8 to Mountain Lion. According to Apple webpage I need to upgrade to the latest version of Leopard before i can jump do Lion which is the 10.6.8. The install program of this ver 10.6.8 does not start and gives a message that I need to upgrade first to 10.6.0. I cannot find this version anywhere. I will appreciate any help on this.

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    Snow Leopard is no longer available from the Apple Store. You have to call Apple customer service and order it direct from them. They'll send you 10.6.8 on DVD. $29.99 plus local tax and shipping. Once you have 10.6.8 installed, you can access the Mac App Store and buy - download Mountain Lion for $19.99.

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    my problem is that I live in south america and not able to order a dvd. i need to upgrade online

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    You can't upgrade to Snow Leopard on line. Doesn't Apple have a number to call in South America that you can order from? If they don't, have someone you know who lives in the States order it for you and then mail it to you.

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    well if this is the only solution I will follow your advise. One last question . II assume an other option is to go for a clean install of Mountain Lion, can I?

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    You will need Snow Leopard upgraded to version OS X.6.8 and go to the App Store and purchase Mountain Lion. This is a huge download so trust you are using broadband. Prior to running the Installer, burn a copy to an 8GB USB thumb drive. Lion Discmaker is perhaps the pick of software for this job.

    Make a backup on an external drive using Time Machine, SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner. Boot from the thumb drive, erase and format the hard drive and do a clean install.


    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39701/lion-diskmaker
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmaduro View Post
    well if this is the only solution I will follow your advise. One last question . II assume an other option is to go for a clean install of Mountain Lion, can I?
    You can install Mountain Lion clean from a flash drive. Make the flash drive installer before installing Mountain Lion. Follow the directions given here.

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    On other question on this subject.Is the version of Mountain Lion that is shown in Apple Store OK for a clean install. The ad talks about upgrading. I am referring to the one advertised for $ 19.99

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    There is no such thing as an upgrade version or full version of Mountain Lion. They're the same. And yes, you can do a clean install with the version downloaded from the Mac App store.

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