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Snow Leopard for mac

Post by polremy » Tue 27 Jul 2010 15:19

Before I connect my new printer/scanner I thought it might be the right time to instal Snow Leopard.
I've had the disc since last October would you believe.
Just been too scared to change over - stories of losing all sorts of stuff.
Truth is I'm not too sure which things I should be backing up - is it just all my folders?
Could I possibly lose my contact lists on facebook and yahoo?
I have an external 80gig hard drive (from when I had my old iMac and began to run out of space) and I thought of saving a copy of all my folders to that.
Is that the right idea?
I'm on mac OS X 10.5.8 at the moment if that means anything to someone out there.
Feeling brave now - think I will think about opening the case.
Someone give me some encouragement por favor.

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Post by Marguerite & Steve » Tue 27 Jul 2010 16:00

Good luck, if I don't hear from you on Facebook, I will look you up.. :lol: :lol:
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Post by opas » Tue 27 Jul 2010 16:14

Bye Pol, It was nice knowing you :lol: :lol: :oops:
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Post by Marguerite & Steve » Tue 27 Jul 2010 16:21

Pol......are you still there... :shock:
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Post by polremy » Tue 27 Jul 2010 17:21

Yes yes yes.
We have lift off.
Now trying to spot the difference!

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Post by russell » Tue 27 Jul 2010 17:33

That must have gone smoother than installing Windoze!

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Post by polremy » Tue 27 Jul 2010 17:37

russell wrote:That must have gone smoother than installing Windoze!

Russell.
Even an idiot could have done it.
Hang on, an idiot DID do it.
The only problem came when the screen told me it was installing and would be 45 minutes so I went downstairs.
Came back to see a message on the screen asking me to allow something to connect with something and the whole process was waiting for me to press ALLOW.
So I had to wait another 45 minutes.
The only difference I can see so far is that everything happens sooooo quickly.
In fact it has probably submitted this post already!

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Post by Colin L » Tue 27 Jul 2010 17:51

Phew! Too late to advise that you have everything backed up elsewhere before installing a new operating system, but all seems well.

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Post by polremy » Tue 27 Jul 2010 19:29

Yes. Thanks for worrying about me!
The only problem is that I have slowed down a bit and the computer has sped (speeded? spode? spidden?) up.
Now have to sort out how to use this new printer.

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Post by Colin L » Tue 27 Jul 2010 21:58

No wonder it is so fast. I have just read that the Finder has been completely rewritten in cocoa.

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Post by polremy » Wed 28 Jul 2010 09:56

Colin L wrote:No wonder it is so fast. I have just read that the Finder has been completely rewritten in cocoa.
But surely the cocoa would slow it down?
It certainly used to help mother-in-law get to sleep.

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Post by taniyadennison » Sat 28 Aug 2010 21:38

Sorry to have missed your transition to Snow Leopard... has it continued to go well? I am considering making the leap.....
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Post by polremy » Wed 01 Sep 2010 12:59

Yep. It's fine. Really fast. I didn't lose any stuff at all.
Spent ages backing things up just in case but it proved unnecessary.
I had the Snowleopard disk for at least 9 months before I dared to use it!
It always seemed the wrong time should there be a problem.Good luck if and when you pluck up the courage.

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Post by Colin L » Wed 29 Sep 2010 13:04

Oh bugger! I have just installed Snow Leopard and find there is no printer driver available for my Lexmark Z515 here in Baho. For just about every other Lexmark in the known universe, yes, but not for the Z515. :roll:

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Post by polremy » Wed 29 Sep 2010 13:18

Colin L wrote:Oh bugger! I have just installed Snow Leopard and find there is no printer driver available for my Lexmark Z515 here in Baho. For just about every other Lexmark in the known universe, yes, but not for the Z515. :roll:

I had terrible trouble trying to get my new Epson Photo PX650 to talk to my mac on Snow Leopard.
Tried all sorts of things and asked on the mac forum.
It worked eventually.
Keep trying. Sure there's a solution somewhere.

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Post by Colin L » Wed 29 Sep 2010 13:34

The solution may be to get a Brother laser printer. Brother I think is good with Macs and a laser would resolve the other problem (the one I was trying to fix when I discovered my Lexmark doesn't support Mac OS 10.6) of the ink jets drying out while we aren't here.

Or I'll just use an internet cafe for printing our return boarding passes which is about all I use a printer for here. Cheaper that way!

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Post by taniyadennison » Thu 03 Feb 2011 09:26

Well - I eventually did it. Upgraded to Snow Leopard - no problems & it's pretty damn good.

What swayed me was the requirement for Snow Leopard to access the new Mac App Store... well worth the effort. You can upload Aperture 3 there for £44.99, rather than £180 for the CD's! I can highly recommend it if you are a Mac user. :D
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Post by russell » Thu 03 Feb 2011 10:46

taniyadennison wrote:You can upload Aperture 3 there for £44.99,
What advantage does Aperture 3 have over Picasa (for organising photos) and The Gimp (for editing them)? Both are free.

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Post by Marguerite & Steve » Thu 03 Feb 2011 12:40

Look I am blonde, but what is "snow leopard", we have a MAC.
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Post by Roger O » Thu 03 Feb 2011 16:21

Marguerite & Steve wrote:Look I am blonde, but what is "snow leopard".
Facetiously, I only know the much more handsome original:
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Post by Colin L » Thu 03 Feb 2011 17:20

It's the name of the most recent Mac operating system. 10.6.6 at the moment

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Post by taniyadennison » Thu 03 Feb 2011 17:24

Marguerite & Steve wrote:Look I am blonde, but what is "snow leopard", we have a MAC.
Marguerite & Steve - Snow Leopard is the name given to the newest Mac Operating System (OS) - OS X 10.6. If you click on the Apple symbol in the top left of your screen, then click on 'About This Mac', you will get a box telling which OS you currently run on. You don't have to upgrade - I just decided to in order to get access to the Mac App Store, where you can download software rather than ordering it in boxed CD format.
russell wrote: What advantage does Aperture 3 have over Picasa (for organising photos) and The Gimp (for editing them)? Both are free.
Russell - I'm afraid I can't help you with your questions, as I have never used Picasa or The Gimp. One of the main reasons I like Aperture (& iPhoto before that) is that it is an Apple product & therefore perfectly compatible with all the other software that I use for our web site (iWeb) and films (iMovie). It is also an extremely powerful photo editing suite - on a par with Photoshop Elements in my (non-professional) opinion.

An example of what you can produce with iWeb in the comfort of your own home is our own web site:
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Post by taniyadennison » Thu 03 Feb 2011 17:26

Roger O wrote:Facetiously, I only know the much more handsome original:
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Roger - much more beautiful than a CD, I grant you!! :D
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Post by Marguerite & Steve » Thu 03 Feb 2011 23:07

taniyadennison wrote:
Marguerite & Steve - Snow Leopard is the name given to the newest Mac Operating System (OS) - OS X 10.6. If you click on the Apple symbol in the top left of your screen, then click on 'About This Mac', you will get a box telling which OS you currently run on.




Mine is Mac OS X 10.6.5 ????
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Post by taniyadennison » Thu 03 Feb 2011 23:11

That's OK. You have Snow Leopard, but just not the very latest update. If you click on 'Software Update', also under the Apple Symbol your system will check for the latest updates. But you don't really need to even bother with that unless you really feel the need to have the latest version...
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Post by Colin L » Thu 03 Feb 2011 23:31

taniyadennison wrote:That's OK. You have Snow Leopard, but just not the very latest update. If you click on 'Software Update', also under the Apple Symbol your system will check for the latest updates. But you don't really need to even bother with that unless you really feel the need to have the latest version...
Bit of disagreement here! I think it is well worth keeping up with all updates. Updates are provided for a purpose - often to fix glitches and problems in the programme which have been discovered by users. If you don't update you still have the glitches and the problems. Updating costs nothing and you should be prompted automatically when new updates are available. Is this prompt not happening?

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Post by taniyadennison » Thu 03 Feb 2011 23:40

Colin - I agree with you entirely. It's just that some people don't feel confident downloading updates if they are not into their computers - easy though it is, particularly with Mac. I should have elaborated in my earlier post.
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Post by Colin L » Thu 03 Feb 2011 23:49

Yes it should be so easy on the Max. Automatic software update window pops up, click the button and it is done - usually with an automatic restart. For all I know, it is just as easy on a PC!

Marguerite - is this not happening on yours?

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Post by russell » Fri 04 Feb 2011 17:35

taniyadennison wrote: An example of what you can produce with iWeb in the comfort of your own home is our own web site:
http://web.me.com/taniyamorris/CaTs_Itchy_Feet
Nice website Taniya;

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Post by Marguerite & Steve » Fri 04 Feb 2011 22:10

Colin L wrote:Yes it should be so easy on the Max. Automatic software update window pops up, click the button and it is done - usually with an automatic restart. For all I know, it is just as easy on a PC!

Marguerite - is this not happening on yours?

ooops don't tell Steve, I just ignore them :oops: :oops: I will look out for it next time and tell him.(Cheers Colin)
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