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Upgrade Macbook Air from 10.6.8 to El Capitan, or is that a mistake?

I have a Macbook Air that is happily chugging along on OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). Obviously, I haven't upgraded the OS in, well, ever, which hasn't really been a problem. However, lately, I'm starting to get little issues here and there, where I can't use a particular app or software because my OS doesn't meet the minimum requirements, etc. My biggest concern about upgrading is whether my computer has enough oomph to handle the newer, bigger OS or if it will just get bogged down. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Feb 14, 2016 - 19 answers

Can you help me update OS X?

My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Thinking about buying an older Macbook pro— is that a terrible idea?

I’m thinking about finally making the switch to a Macbook, but an older version. Is there any reason why this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Aug 12, 2015 - 20 answers

How to best upgrade my 2006 MacBook Pro?

I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and can no longer upgrade the OS. What do I need to do to get it to run Yosemite? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Feb 23, 2015 - 20 answers

2006 Mac Pro - what should I do with it?

I have a 2006 Mac Pro 1.1 (specs below the fold) which I understand can't be upgraded to current OS versions without a CPU replacement. I'm not sure if I can replace the CPU, or if that would even be sufficient to upgrade to a current Mac OS. How hard would it be to change the CPU, and what is my best option if I can't / won't change it? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Oct 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Which OS X version is best for a MacBook Pro from 2009?

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009, with a 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo and 8 GB RAM. I am running Mavericks on it, but I find that it can be slow when it is accessing the disk a lot, and it runs hot. It meets the minimum spec for Mavericks but I am thinking that I am over-stretching it. I am planning to upgrade the 500GB HD to a 1TB hybrid. Would this be better able to run Mavericks or should I think of stepping back to something like Snow Leopard when I change the hard disk?
posted by Grinder on Jun 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Compatibility with OS X Mavericks

Tell me from your own experience if any of the following software has compatibility issues with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions on Oct 22, 2013 - 16 answers

SSD:OSX:SUV::

I would like to upgrade the harddrives on my dad's 2008 macbook pro and my wife's 2010 macbook to SSD. I have questions? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Jun 26, 2013 - 16 answers

How to upgrade Mac iTunes library from v6 to v11?

Computer #1 runs iTunes 6, and uses a library that's on a remote SAMBA share (NSLU2, if it matters). I want to move the library to a local drive on Computer #2, which came with iTunes 11. What do? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I take advantage of $40 Windows 8 if I don't have an older Windows?

I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 19, 2013 - 5 answers

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Thinking of selling my 15" Macbook Pro

I’m thinking of selling my 15" Macbook Pro ("Early-2011"), but I’m wondering what’s the best (safest) way to do so—and if it would even be worth what I might get for it. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jun 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Upgrading and buying new Apple gear.

In what order should I make my Apple purchases? Any advantages or disadvantages to buying an iPad now and waiting on an iPhone 4s till July? Should I swap the order? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Dec 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Thank you for making my MBP faster

What's an appropriate thank you gift for a friend who will be upgrading the memory in my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

How fixer-up-erable is this iBook?

How upgradable is this iBook? A friend has an old iBook G4 he's indicated he'd be willing to let me have pretty cheaply. I use an iMac at home, but could use a nice portable laptop for occasional travel. The iBook as it is seems a little slow and sluggish to me - I'm just wondering, how "upgradable" is this model, for how much money, etc.? (details inside.) [more inside]
posted by dnash on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

The processor cost of upgrading

Upgrading from OS X 10.4 to 10.6: Does it use more CPU? [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis on Dec 14, 2009 - 14 answers

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro?

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Oct 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Apple third-party repair shops in the Bay Area?

What's the Bay Area equivalent of TekServe? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Aug 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Upgrading a neglected Mac computer.

Upgrading Mac OS X 10.2 to at least 10.3 on a dual boot machine. [more inside]
posted by wiretap on Jun 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Can I rebuild it? Better than it was before? Better, stronger, faster?

iMacFilter: Upgrade or find something new? That is the question. But, as is often the case, there's a bit more... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Apr 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Older Photoshop Upgrades

Are there any upgrade paths for Photoshop that don't require a version of CS? [more inside]
posted by alan on Jan 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Okay, so plate spring on vocals only?

Please help get my old iBook to be as fast as possible! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Dec 5, 2008 - 17 answers

can my mac handle leopard?

Yet-another-Mac-Leopard-upgrade question: Should I do it on my older machine? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Dec 21, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I put Leopard on my G4s?

I'm concerned about making my computers sluggish by "upgrading" them. Should I install Leopard on older G4 Macs? [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on Nov 5, 2007 - 9 answers

dual-display & more RAM vs. new iMac?

Which would be more beneficial for a Photoshop user: dual-display + more RAM, or a new iMac with a faster processor? [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Nov 2, 2007 - 18 answers

Leopard ate my Apache

Upgraded to Apache 2.2. Then I upgraded to Leopard. Suddenly Apache isn't working. What can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Leopards and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

Mac Leopard upgrade trouble: So I took your advice and got an IMac and I'm happy as a pig in shit. I even got a Leopard upgrade disc for $10 for buying at the wrong/right time. I put the disc in, click what I have to do, it closes and restarts and then... [more inside]
posted by jennydiski on Oct 31, 2007 - 14 answers

Powerbook Hard Drive Upgrade

What should I know before I upgrade the hard drive in my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jan 22, 2007 - 14 answers

iTunes problem

I recently upgraded an old Mac G4 733mhz to iTunes 7. Yeah, big mistake. Beachballs galore. Is there a way to switch back to the previous version? Or could I install a faster processor (If I had read the system requirements it called for 1 ghz chip or faster)? This is a secondary computer that was basically used as a music player, so some light tinkering would be acceptable.
posted by vronsky on Sep 28, 2006 - 13 answers

$1099 Macbook: am I selling myself short?

Will I be at any disadvantage if I buy the most basic of the Macbooks? What would I NOT be able to do that I might have to do? This would be my first laptop, I'm on a limited budget (less than $1300), and I live both inside and outside the United States, so I have a few (sub-)questions. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 24, 2006 - 17 answers

iBook G4: from computer to doorstop

From iBook to MacBook. [more inside]
posted by matteo on Jul 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Should I upgrade my Sawtooth G4's CPU for Logic?

Does it make sense to do a CPU upgrade to a Sawtooth G4 for Logic? [more inside]
posted by jeb on May 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me turn $3500 into $100 or more

Upgrade my PowerMac 9500/132, sell it, or sell as parts? Or something completely different? [more inside]
posted by mumeishi on Feb 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Can I use my iMac integrated monitor as a MacMini monitor?

Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 10, 2005 - 10 answers

Old Mac Memory

Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
posted by armoured-ant on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

How do I move files from my ancient Mac?

My mother is upgrading from an ancient (pre-USB, pre-FireWire, OS 9) G3 to a much more recent G4, but I'm not sure how to transfer her files. The G3 doesn't have a CD burner, and the G4 doesn't have a zip drive. Is there a quick and easy way to connect the two computers via Ethernet or file sharing so that I can copy her files to the new computer?
posted by jed on May 30, 2005 - 15 answers

OS X-tative

Help me convince my boss to upgrade to OS X... [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Apr 7, 2005 - 18 answers

Ethernet on a PowerMac 5500

I recently got hold of a PowerMac 5500/2275 (the black one with the TV tuner), but the ethernet port has been upgraded, and is now a modem. While this is all very nice, I'd much prefer it to have LAN functionality. What, exactly, am I looking for on eBay to equip this Mac with a network card, and how difficult are they to install?
posted by armoured-ant on Feb 25, 2005 - 3 answers

DVD Burner

I'm replacing the zip drive in my 450MHz AGP "Sawtooth" G4 with a DVD burner. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 24, 2005 - 8 answers

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