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Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard
Nov 27, 2007

Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard

Start on the right foot with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard!

Little is more exciting and unnerving than a major operating system upgrade for your Mac, but thousands of people have upgraded to Panther and Tiger calmly and successfully with the advice in Joe Kissell’s previous hit Take Control of Upgrading… titles. Joe’s expert guidance, developed over innumerable test installations, walks you through the six steps necessary before upgrading, which of Leopard’s three installation options is right for you, how to perform the actual upgrade, and
post-installation checking and cleanup.

Want help with installing a later version of Mac OS X? Check our catalog for new editions of this ebook that will help you with later upgrades.

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Worried that something might go wrong? Joe provides in-depth discussions of what exactly each installation option does (and does not do), how to restore missing files, practical troubleshooting tips for the most common problems, and even step-by-step instructions to downgrade to your previous system if necessary. You’ll also find tips on a few things that may surprise you, including special notes on Spotlight, Apple Mail, Keychain, and Time Machine. Bonus Section! Direct links to software update sites for FireWire hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, video cards, audio equipment, common utilities, and more.

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

  • Will my Mac and peripherals work with Leopard?
  • Which upgrade method should I use?
  • Should I partition my hard disk before upgrading?
  • Which files aren’t copied by Archive and Install?
  • What if I can’t print after upgrading?
  • Do I need new versions of my utilities for Leopard?
  • What should I do if my Mac refuses to boot under Leopard?
  • What should I do if Time Machine wants me to let it start backing up?

Before I go to the effort of buying this ebook, can you tell me if my Macintosh is fast enough to work with Leopard?

Sure! Leopard requires an Intel processor, a PowerPC G5 processor, or a PowerPC G4 running at 867 MHz or faster (a dual-processor Mac whose processors add up to more than 867 MHz won’t do the job; you need a processor that is at 867 MHz or more).

Update Plans

July 5, 2012 – We don’t plan to update the Leopard edition of this ebook again, but check the Take Control catalog to find similar titles about later versions of OS X.

Posted by Tonya Engst

  1. Giga Designs Kaput

    On page 11, I mention Giga Designs, manufacturers of CPU upgrade cards for Macs. The company has apparently gone out of business, and the URL I included no longer works. Therefore, I would not recommend trying to install Leopard on a Mac that uses a Giga Designs processor upgrade, as you may have trouble getting it to work initially and will be unable to get any support in the future.

    Posted by Joe Kissell (Permalink)

The Author

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He also runs Interesting Thing of the Day and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.