Solved Where can I get a software to upgrade my MAC

July 31, 2011 at 03:44:54
Specs: Windows 7
I have a Powerbook G4 17" with Power PC G4 (1.1) CPU Speed: 1.5GHz 512 MB DDR SDRAM with a MAC OS 10.3.9. I would like to upgrade the OS to Mac OS 10.4.4 to make it workable with today's browsers, etc.

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August 3, 2011 at 01:23:07
"Used" generally just means that the disk has been used before but is now no longer required by the owner. Perhaps they have installed a newer version of the OS. If it is a "used" copy of a full retail disk then there should be no problem using it to upgrade your Mac. Knowing Apple it's possibly against their Terms and Conditions to resell disks in this way, but as far as I know there are no online checks done when installing.

One thing that you should be aware of is that the disks supplied with Macs (as opposed to the full retail versions) tend to be specific to the model they were supplied with. So you should establish that you are buying either a full retail version or one that is specific to your model. You might want to check what, if any, returns policy a vendor has in case the disk should prove unsuitable for your Mac.

You will be able to either upgrade or reinstall from scratch. In either case it is advisable to make a backup copy of any important files (you never know, things can always go wrong); a lot of people use a new version as a reason to start over with a nice clean new install.



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July 31, 2011 at 08:36:21

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August 2, 2011 at 01:27:37
OK I will placed an order for the 10.4. However, I will appreciate your advise as to what a "used" software disk are? Will these disk be surely usable and will work as an install or upgrade without any problems? Once I get the discs, should I then just install the Mac OS 10.4 or should I upgrade/convert my 10.3.9? Sorry, I am not too familiar with this and the Apple support here in Manila is not entertaining "vintage" software. Thanks in advance.

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August 2, 2011 at 01:29:33
Hi ijack, OK I will go ahead and placed an order for the 10.4. However, I will appreciate your advise as to what a "used" software disk are? Will these disk be surely usable and will work as an install or upgrade without any problems? Once I get the discs, should I then just install the Mac OS 10.4 or should I upgrade/convert my 10.3.9? Sorry, I am not too familiar with this and the Apple support here in Manila is not entertaining "vintage" software. Thanks in advance.

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August 3, 2011 at 01:23:07
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"Used" generally just means that the disk has been used before but is now no longer required by the owner. Perhaps they have installed a newer version of the OS. If it is a "used" copy of a full retail disk then there should be no problem using it to upgrade your Mac. Knowing Apple it's possibly against their Terms and Conditions to resell disks in this way, but as far as I know there are no online checks done when installing.

One thing that you should be aware of is that the disks supplied with Macs (as opposed to the full retail versions) tend to be specific to the model they were supplied with. So you should establish that you are buying either a full retail version or one that is specific to your model. You might want to check what, if any, returns policy a vendor has in case the disk should prove unsuitable for your Mac.

You will be able to either upgrade or reinstall from scratch. In either case it is advisable to make a backup copy of any important files (you never know, things can always go wrong); a lot of people use a new version as a reason to start over with a nice clean new install.


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August 3, 2011 at 02:06:25
Very helpful indeed! Thank you ijack!

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