New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.0 - New to mac... help me?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
zxc

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 5
zxc is on a distinguished road

zxc is offline
So my friend gave me her old mac computer. She couldn't remember her password to log in, so I just reinstalled the operating system. The cd said "Mac OS X install" on it, and when the computer starts up it says OS X.

It won't seem to let me download and install firefox 2, or safari 1.2 though. The firefox website says, "MAcOS 9 and earlier not supported," and won't even let me download.

Safari downloaded, but when I try to install it, it says "This software requres Mac OS X 10.3 or newer."

The main reason I accepted this computer was so I could test my websites I make in safari.

So what can I do about this? If I sound stupid, forgive me... I've never really done much with macs before.

And I'm not sure if that "prefix" I had to select is correct, by the way.
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
you'll need to figure out what kind of mac it is and what os it's running.

my guess is you'll need to find a newer os.

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
zxc

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 5
zxc is on a distinguished road

zxc is offline
How do I find that out?

And what's the newest os for mac?
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
well, is it a notebook, or imac, or powermac? what does it look like? does it have any printed info anywhere on the mac itself (even under the battery if it is a notebook style mac).

it would be hard to tell if OS X 10.4.x (Tiger) would even run on a machine without knowing what it is.

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
zxc

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 5
zxc is on a distinguished road

zxc is offline
Well, it says imac on the monitor. It's like a half dome, with the monitor sticking off the top of it.
QUOTE Thanks
eric

 
eric's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Location: twin cities, mn, usa
Posts: 8,801
eric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond reputeeric has a reputation beyond repute

eric is offline
sounds like an imac g4.

should easily run 10.3 (panther) or 10.4 (tiger). you could check craiglist or ebay for used copies. should be able to find them cheap.
not sure if there are separate versions for ppc macs and intel macs, but if you see different versions, make sure you get the ppc version.

i'm sure someone else will be by soon to give even more detail...

Please participate in our Member of the Month polls. Every vote counts! And remember to use the user reputation system!
["Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." - Note by Homer Simpson]
QUOTE Thanks
zxc

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 5
zxc is on a distinguished road

zxc is offline
Yeah, it looks like that's what it is. Thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
Brown Study

 
Brown Study's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 11, 2004
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 1,964
Brown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to all
Mac Specs: G4 Tiger and OS 9

Brown Study is offline
Go to the blue apple in the menu bar and choose About This Mac. That will tell you the OS version it's running. Then click on More Info. The newest version OS is 10.4.10.
QUOTE Thanks
zxc

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 5
zxc is on a distinguished road

zxc is offline
Yeah, I found that. It says it's 10.1.5. I don't see a "more info," though. It tells me in this screen about the memory and the processor, but nothing else about it. I'm curious if it would tell me anywhere how many GHz or MHz it is?
QUOTE Thanks
Brown Study

 
Brown Study's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 11, 2004
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 1,964
Brown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to allBrown Study is a name known to all
Mac Specs: G4 Tiger and OS 9

Brown Study is offline
That's a very old version of OS X, relatively speaking. It's not all that stable, and fewer and fewer applications will run on it. Safari won't, as you discovered.

You should update the OS as high as you can through the Software Update Preference. Not sure how high you could take it. Maybe up to 10.3x, which would be a vast improvement. Even 10.2x would be much better. You might end up having to buy Panther, the last big OS jump, on eBay, or Tiger, the current OS, at an Apple store, to make the machine usable.

If About This Mac has no info on the amount of RAM installed or the processor speed, I'm not sure where you'd find it with version 10.1. Maybe in the Preferences somewhere.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« "Disk Images Fail to Mount/ OS X 10.4.10" | how to reset the operating system »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Has The Mac Been Hacked...... MaDDoG Apple Rumors and Reports 5 05-01-2007 07:06 PM
Switcher Article in Today's Times studio34 Switcher Hangout 9 08-11-2006 03:10 PM
Upgrade/buy new/sell old Mac questions: Dennis.G Apple Desktops 3 08-06-2006 11:06 PM
It's called a Mac iSheep Schweb's Lounge 22 10-13-2004 05:35 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:03 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?