OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is on its way, and we’re all looking forward to all the new features and tweaks that this latest version offers. Unfortunately, not every Mac user is going to be able to ugrade to Mountain Lion, though. While Macs generally have a long “active support” life, every iteration of OS X leaves a generation or two behind and Mountain Lion is no exception.
The big thing this time around is 64-bit compatibility. Your computer needs to not only have a 64-bit capable processor, but also 64-bit capable EFI boot firmware. Some Macs, like the 2006 and 2007 Mac Pros, have 64-bit processors, but their EFI firmware is only 32-bit capable, so they won’t be able to run Mountain Lion.
According to Apple, the following computers will be able to run 10.8 Mountain Lion. If you don’t know how to find your Model ID, we’ve got a guide that will show you where to look. Article Continues…
Upgrading your machine is a great way to bring out the best in it and allow it to do what you need it to accomplish. Over the years, there have been some common problems that keep popping up. Though most of you probably know them already, it sometimes slips by the wayside in eager anticipation of getting all those benefits the upgrades will bring.
To help avoid the most common problems, here is a compiled list of reminders that we like to call “The Golden Rules of Upgrading.” We’ve broken it into two parts: things to consider before buying your upgrades and things to consider after you have received the new goodies and are ready to put them to use.