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Topic # 184014 6-Nov-2015 14:07
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Be gentle guys....

Is it possible to upgrade a macbook running 10.6.8 to anything higher?

The reason is that i see there are a few issues it seems with the latest version El Capitano ?

So I was going to go up to yesomite?




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  Reply # 1422408 6-Nov-2015 14:15
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Depends on the macbook what the latest OS version is that it can run.

Apple menu -> about this mac - will tell you precisely what model you have. From there, should be able to tell what OS it can run.

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  Reply # 1422428 6-Nov-2015 14:39
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https://support.apple.com/en-nz/HT201475

The only thing is you'll have to download Yosemite from an alternate source as the only version available via the App Store is El Capitan afaik




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1422434 6-Nov-2015 14:44
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Well since you're running 10.6 Snow Leopard, we know that you at least have an Intel based Mac (since Leopard was the last to support Intel and PPC). This means you should be able to update to some extent but maybe not all the way to El Capitan (depending on what hardware you have).

According to Apple, the following Macs can run OS X El Capitan:

 

     

  • MacBook (Early 2015)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Going to the Apple menu then About This Mac should tell you what model you have. 

To update, visit the Mac App Store which should already be on your system. Install any and all updates it gives you, then try to download El Capitan by searching for it in the App Store. AFAIK it should tell you if it isn't compatible. If that happens, try the lower versions (Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion etc, though I'm not sure if they're all still available). 




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  Reply # 1422448 6-Nov-2015 15:05
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If you can't get it another way, I can download the Mavericks or Yosemite install from my Mac and send it to you on Dropbox or something. Let me know.



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  Reply # 1422455 6-Nov-2015 15:19
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Thanks guys for all the helpful replies

the mac is

2.4ghz  intel core 2 duo
4gb

It is one of those classic black ones love em

anyho
when i went to upagrde via the appstore couldnt see anything other than elcapitano
which said no go but in apple speak

originally I was having an issue installing kodi  but i found a earlier version and it installed like a bought one!

I will follow up on the rest of the info and let you know how high i got




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  Reply # 1422457 6-Nov-2015 15:27
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It's probably an early 2008 model, in which case OS X 10.7.5 is the most recent it will run.

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  Reply # 1422488 6-Nov-2015 15:49
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10.7 was a bit "unpolished", and I think it was a paid upgrade so you're probably better off sticking with 10.6.8.



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  Reply # 1422530 6-Nov-2015 17:10
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I had a air before and didn't think about the upgrade possibilities when i got hold of still lesson learnt

Not that its a great problem I would be interested to find a reference guide which my friend google is bound to know where it is

Thanks again guys

Update

http://eshop.macsales.com/guides/Mac_OS_X_Compatibility




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  Reply # 1422598 6-Nov-2015 20:10
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Behodar: 10.7 was a bit "unpolished", and I think it was a paid upgrade so you're probably better off sticking with 10.6.8.


That's one way of describing Lion.  Snow Leopard was possibly the best OS X release so far in my opinion - I'd probably even run it on my current MacBook Pro if I could.

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  Reply # 1422690 7-Nov-2015 08:21
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http://www.mactracker.ca/

An app with all the specs for quick reference



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  Reply # 1422871 7-Nov-2015 15:36
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This all starts to make sense now as to why some apple models are turning up for sale at what seem like bargain prices. Its because they can not be upgraded.

Thats a shame for me that always was a selling point for apple it maintained its resale value

Would be nice if there was a way to warn all the poor suckers who are going to get caught out

Mind you what do they Carpe Diemen ? is that it Buyer Beware?




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  Reply # 1422872 7-Nov-2015 15:41
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gnfb: This all starts to make sense now as to why some apple models are turning up for sale at what seem like bargain prices. Its because they can not be upgraded.

Thats a shame for me that always was a selling point for apple it maintained its resale value

Would be nice if there was a way to warn all the poor suckers who are going to get caught out

Mind you what do they Carpe Diemen ? is that it Buyer Beware?


I recently heard about someone that bought a 2010 MacBook Air for $800. A brand new one is only $300 more expensive, and doesn't have 5 years of usage. Some people just don't have any sense.



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  Reply # 1422873 7-Nov-2015 15:41
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RunningMan: http://www.mactracker.ca/

An app with all the specs for quick reference


Hmmmm... That may be interesting just getting for a look now




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  Reply # 1422874 7-Nov-2015 15:41
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gnfb: Mind you what do they Carpe Diemen ? is that it Buyer Beware?

Caveat emptor :)

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  Reply # 1422875 7-Nov-2015 15:43
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In very generic terms, the cutoff for the current Mac OS's is having 64bit hardware. Depending on the exact model, this was about 2009.

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