You would need more RAM. Have a system with almost identical specs as yours in my "waiting on parts" collection at work. I can tell you that things like the DVD player will skip and stutter if you try running I'd say your best option really would be to get a new computer, the MacBooks were a tempermental bunch to put it mildly, but if you're on a bit of a budget, you'd need at least another MB of RAM.
So, make sure you have a backup if your only option is a clean install. You should really have a backup regardless, but make sure it's up to date.
HOW TO: Upgrade 10.4 (Tiger) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Yes to what Jimmy said but no to the rest. You have an intel processor, you'll be fine. Most important thing though This is the only way to upgrade from Tiger to SL.
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Hope this helps. Maybe 2GB, but that would likely be it. It would definitely be worth verifying the system will even take 4GB of RAM before you go buying it just to find out it doesn't.
If the OP were to call Apple, even though that system is long out of warranty, they should be able to be able to have someone tell them how much RAM it will accept. But based on the specs, it's got to be one of the first generation MacBooks. No younger than , but quite possibly an 06 model. Purchase the "box set" from Apple and you'll be at SL. Good luck. Thanks everyone for your advice - much appreciated. I'll give apple a call if I can in Singapore for the next couple of months and they don't seem to have apple stores here.
I'll probably end up putting a bit more RAM on my notebook. So no one thinks that I can just download Leopard os x I'm not sure that the apple online store sells Leopard anymore so may need to find somewhere to download it on the net I think they do sell Not really sure what the "box set" is, considering there's only one retail distribution of any Apple OS.
There won't likely be any system restore discs for your model, and those are all keyed to specific system types so not like you can just grab one, pop it in, and go. There are ways around it, but it wouldn't be legal in your particular case. Same with downloading It could be done, but it would be a pirated copy and should you choose to pursue that particular course of action then this discussion will come to an abrupt end because that sort of thing isn't tolerated here.
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I'd also be a bit wary about trying to put more RAM in the system than it's designed to handle. Especially on an older system, you never know what the results are going to be. I work as an Apple repair tech, and a good chunk of what I do is deal with older systems. They tend to get cranky in their old age. You're of course free to completely disregard that advice and push your luck as much as you want, I'd just wait until you're out of a region that is known for counterfeit goods.
Hopefully you didn't buy that iPod in Singapore, because people in that region have been known to go dumpster diving at factories and sell units that didn't pass quality testing for one reason or another that they "liberated" from the dumpster. Tough as it may be, it might really be best to simply wait until you're somewhere where Apple has a retail presence before doing anything.
That way you can be reasonably certain what you think you're buying is what you're actually buying.
Okay, but it still doesn't answer the question of how that's magically going to work when just the straight retail OS disc won't. Especially considering they're going to be exactly the same thing. Pressed at the same facility from the same master image, just put into different boxes. But, if someone thinks there's a difference, then maybe they'd be interested in this bridge I have for sale. Heck of a deal I even recently had an exterminator in to clear out all the trolls living under it! My post told you what it was. For some reason, if you call Apple and tell them that you want to upgrade from However, the OP was not under such an illusion, just the one poster who may have been informed by an Apple Store employee.
HOW TO: Upgrade (Tiger) to (Snow Leopard) | MacRumors Forums
It might be that they figure some old incompatible version of iLife would be installed. Or it's just a classic upsell technique. Tell people you need this, and only if they ask if they REALLY need all that, tell them about the cheaper alternative. Which walks a mighty fine line between sleazy but legal and bait and switch. Then again, it might just be that some of the people at the Apple stores are idiots.
Let's face it, retail rarely attracts the best and brightest, and if one of those people happens into the job, they're usually out of there as soon as anything even moderately better comes along. This ensures that your Mac will be able to run all the Apple tools as well as Snow Leopard. Before you even think about installing the new operating system, be sure to perform a full backup of your system.
With Snow Leopard, Apple has made the installation process cleaner and more reliable than ever; the installer can even finish an installation properly if your Mac is unexpectedly powered off during the process. Nevertheless, a good backup is always prudent. If you've been using Time Machine in Leopard, you've probably got one already.
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