Need Help!! Software Updates for iMac

Discussion in 'Mixing & Editing' started by hereholdmygun, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. This may have been in another forum, but after looking for a while I couldn't find an answer.

    I just purchased Digital Performer 6 and some of the minimum requirements will force me to update my iMac's memory and OS X. Right now I have OS X v 10.4.11 (even though I have installed all updates since I purchased it in Aug. 2007) and DP6 requires a minimum of 10.4.4 or higher. It also requires 2GB of memory or more and my iMac has only 1GB standard.

    Now i know i need to buy more memory (i'll just get another 1GB or 2GB). That's a given.
    **) Should i buy the same exact type of memory? And upon buying it, is it easy to self-install or should i take it somewhere?

    Even after searching i still can't find a downloadable update of 10.4.4 or higher. They all seem to be 10.5 or higher with a requirement to already have OS X 10.5, which i dont.
    **) Are there any sites other than that will give me access to OS X 10.4.4 or higher so i dont have to purchase leopard?

    These may be elementary questions for some of you, with very rudimentary answers, but I'm fairly new to the computer side of digital recording. I just dont want to spend lots of money or waste lots of time on these simple steps.

  2. FlyBass

    FlyBass Active Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    Central Indiana, USA
    If you have OSX 10.4.11, that is above the minimum, so you should be fine. There is no way around it, you have to buy Leopard for 10.5.

    Buy the same type of memory; as far as I know only one type will work based on your model iMac. Before you buy the memory, check to see what you have, ie. number of slot(s), size of memory in slot(s). You may have to replace what's there to increase your memory, not just add to it.

    And the memory is easy to install if you have any minor skill with a screwdriver. Just follow the directions.
  3. I guess i got thrown off by the OS X numbers. I eventually found an update on apple and upon trying to update it, a screen popped up and told me i didn't need it... go figure.

    But thanks man, i appreciate it.
  4. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    If you visit Apple dealers on the internet, perhaps you can nick the RAM specs and hop over to Newegg or so and get it a bit cheaper. It is possible to find out what you need, but don't fool around with specs. Macs are very picky in this area. If your machine takes DDR2 then it should be cheap. In fact, if you can afford it and if your Mac will support it, why not 4GB?

    It is not unusual to have 2GB when making music on a Mac. I upgraded my MacBook to 2GB (from 512MB) when DDR2 wasn't even cheap, but I really enjoyed a smoother MacBook since then.
  5. Yeah i am actually going to upgrade to 4GB of DDR2. I've found a deal for 2 2GB at

    Thank you for the replies!

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