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    Wanting to update from Leopard; which feline should I choose?

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    Question Wanting to update from Leopard; which feline should I choose?
    So I am running OS X Leopard (version 10.5.8) on this 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 21" Desktop iMac with 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

    I would like to bring my computer out of the year 2008 (we purchased it in 2007), but am unsure as to what Operating System I should choose to upgrade to for this computer.

    I would like to at least move one grade up to Snow Leopard, but am thinking something a little more "current" would be preferred. My biggest issue, though, would be to upgrade and lose any data as a result of the upgrade -- I recently had to say good-bye to my hard drive and have a new one installed due to the degradation of the prior drive. A sweet $170 later and I've got a 320 GB HD in my computer that is nearly factory-model as a result.

    My question is, what is best for this desktop iMac? The specs of the computer are cut and pasted below.

    By the way, I'm still having trouble

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...-10-5-8-a.html

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/int...-settings.html

    with this computer randomly dropping the wireless signal for our home wi-fi network. It even did it the day after I took this computer back home from the shop a week or two ago after getting the new hard drive installed. As far as I can figure, it is interference from other devices in the home, but at the same time, this is why I want to upgrade out of Leopard. My search in research found several incidents where the users who experienced similar problems to mine believed it to be a potential Leopard issue with the OS software.



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    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM81.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.29f1
    Hardware UUID: C67B299D-7FF5-5CD3-B894-BFDEBBDD492A


    Intel ICH8-M AHCI:

    Vendor: Intel
    Product: ICH8-M AHCI
    Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported

    WDC WD3200AAKX-001CA0:

    Capacity: 298.09 GB
    Model: WDC WD3200AAKX-001CA0
    Revision: 15.01H15
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
    Volumes:
    Mac HD:
    Capacity: 297.77 GB
    Available: 280.08 GB
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk0s2
    Mount Point: /


    Memory Slots:

    ECC: Disabled

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 800 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000


    BANK 1/DIMM1:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 800 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x2C00000000000000




    ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9583
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B2250L-259
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.259
    Displays:
    iMac:
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Built-In: Yes
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

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    Wanting to update from Leopard; which feline should I choose?
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    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Before you upgrade your computers OS...you should:

    - take inventory of the important (and possibly costly apps. you use).
    - verify if the versions of these apps. you own are Snow Leopard and/or Lion compatible.

    If some apps are Snow Leopard compatible...and some are NOT Lion compatible (and you don't want to purchase newer Lion compatible versions)...then don't go any further than Snow Leopard.

    If all your important apps ARE Lion compatible...then I would say upgrade to Lion.

    Lastly...Lion is primarily a "download" only OS upgrade. To download Lion...you need the "Mac App. Store" app. installed...which you need Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed to have it. Then you create a Mac App Store account...then download Lion.

    Snow Leopard costs $29...and Lion costs $29 (total of $58).

    Alternatively...a Lion on USB stick can be purchased for $69 bucks (thus skipping the Snow Leopard install step).

    HTH,

    - Nick
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    Wanting to update from Leopard; which feline should I choose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Before you upgrade your computers OS...you should:

    - take inventory of the important (and possibly costly apps. you use).
    - verify if the versions of these apps. you own are Snow Leopard and/or Lion compatible.

    If some apps are Snow Leopard compatible...and some are NOT Lion compatible (and you don't want to purchase newer Lion compatible versions)...then don't go any further than Snow Leopard.

    If all your important apps ARE Lion compatible...then I would say upgrade to Lion.

    Lastly...Lion is primarily a "download" only OS upgrade. To download Lion...you need the "Mac App. Store" app. installed...which you need Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed to have it. Then you create a Mac App Store account...then download Lion.

    Snow Leopard costs $29...and Lion costs $29 (total of $58).

    Alternatively...a Lion on USB stick can be purchased for $69 bucks (thus skipping the Snow Leopard install step).

    HTH,

    - Nick

    Thanks for responding. Well, all of my apps are pretty much what come with OS Leopard. I haven't installed anything new yet except for Yahoo Messenger, Skype, MSN Messenger and Safari browser. I haven't had anything else installed as of yet - I've only had the 'new' computer with hard drive back from the shop for about ten days.

    I have just ordered Microsoft Office Home and Student '11 for Mac (I am a student at a technical college and can use it for school and personal use) and Apple iLife '11 (with GarageBand, iMovie, etc.). I'm trying to "upgrade" as much as I can, but fear limited capability with the Leopard Operating System.

    How could I check to see if anything that was installed with Leopard is Snow Leopard compatible? I assume it would be given the prior version?

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    Wanting to update from Leopard; which feline should I choose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexanderC View Post
    Thanks for responding. Well, all of my apps are pretty much what come with OS Leopard. I haven't installed anything new yet except for Yahoo Messenger, Skype, MSN Messenger and Safari browser. I haven't had anything else installed as of yet - I've only had the 'new' computer with hard drive back from the shop for about ten days.
    Good...that probably makes things much less complicated. Many times folks have apps. like older versions of Adobe Creative Suite (which can cost thousands of dollars initially to purchase)...and VERY expensive to upgrade. Or they may have specially written apps. from their university or workplace that may not be compatible.

    If you don't have any of these...then that makes things much less complicated.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexanderC View Post
    I have just ordered Microsoft Office Home and Student '11 for Mac (I am a student at a technical college and can use it for school and personal use) and Apple iLife '11 (with GarageBand, iMovie, etc.). I'm trying to "upgrade" as much as I can, but fear limited capability with the Leopard Operating System.
    You shouldn't have any trouble with these apps...in regard to Snow Leopard or Lion compatibility.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexanderC View Post
    How could I check to see if anything that was installed with Leopard is Snow Leopard compatible? I assume it would be given the prior version?
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility table - Snow Leopard Compatibility
    App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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