Up and Running with Mac OS X Mountain Lion
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System requirements


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Up and Running with Mac OS X Mountain Lion

with Chad Chelius

Video: System requirements

Before you make the final decision to purchase Mountain Lion, you want to make sure that your Mac meets the minimum system requirements needed to run Apple's latest operating system. You see as new features are added to the Mac OS, more processing power is required to make these new features work properly. Because of this some older Mac computers may not have the hardware necessary to run the OS. If you've purchased a new Mac recently, you're probably in good shape, and if your new Mac already has Mountain Lion installed, then you could probably skip this video and jump to the next one.
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
  2. 6m 38s
    1. What is an OS?
      1m 18s
    2. What is Mountain Lion?
      1m 24s
    3. System requirements
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 43s
    1. How to get Mountain Lion
      4m 58s
    2. Installing Mountain Lion
      4m 10s
    3. Keeping your Mac up to date
      2m 35s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. The purpose of user accounts
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a user account
      5m 23s
    3. Logging in to a user account
      4m 41s
    4. The Home folder
      5m 10s
    5. Setting parental controls
      6m 36s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. The Finder
      3m 26s
    2. Finder windows
      7m 30s
    3. Customizing the Finder window toolbar
      4m 50s
    4. Finder preferences
      5m 3s
    5. Working with files and folders
      8m 38s
    6. Sharing files between users
      5m 6s
    7. The Dock
      7m 51s
    8. Setting the desktop and the screensaver
      7m 50s
    9. The Dashboard
      5m 27s
    10. Mission Control
      8m 7s
    11. Launchpad
      6m 3s
  6. 17m 54s
    1. Connecting to the Internet
      3m 52s
    2. Safari fundamentals
      6m 26s
    3. Top Sites
      4m 1s
    4. Using the new Share feature
      3m 35s
  7. 13m 52s
    1. Setting up an email account
      3m 45s
    2. The Mail interface
      3m 14s
    3. Working with messages
      6m 53s
  8. 32m 25s
    1. Contacts
      6m 31s
    2. Calendar
      5m 39s
    3. TextEdit
      5m 9s
    4. Preview
      4m 18s
    5. QuickTime player
      4m 50s
    6. Installing applications
      5m 58s
  9. 27m 2s
    1. Reminders
      6m 42s
    2. Notes
      3m 57s
    3. Messages
      5m 6s
    4. Notification Center
      4m 34s
    5. Dictation
      6m 43s
  10. 7m 32s
    1. Backing up with Time Machine
      5m 2s
    2. Restoring files with Time Machine
      2m 30s

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3h 31m Appropriate for all Oct 24, 2012

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Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of Apple OS X, adds more than 200 new features to the operating system. In this workshop, author and expert Chad Chelius shows you how to take advantage of all the power that Mountain Lion puts at your fingertips. After learning how to install and set up the software, create and work with user accounts, and find your way around the interface, you'll get tips on using Mountain Lion to surf the web, send email, play audio and video, and much more. And you'll be introduced to new features like dictation, the Notification Center, and the Reminders, Notes, and Messages applications.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Creating and logging in to a user account
  • Setting parental controls
  • Customizing the Finder window toolbar
  • Sharing files between users
  • Browsing the web with Safari
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Installing applications
  • Using Reminders, Notes, Messages, and the Notification Center
  • Backing up and restoring files with Time Machine
Subjects:
Business video2brain
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Chad Chelius

System requirements

Before you make the final decision to purchase Mountain Lion, you want to make sure that your Mac meets the minimum system requirements needed to run Apple's latest operating system. You see as new features are added to the Mac OS, more processing power is required to make these new features work properly. Because of this some older Mac computers may not have the hardware necessary to run the OS. If you've purchased a new Mac recently, you're probably in good shape, and if your new Mac already has Mountain Lion installed, then you could probably skip this video and jump to the next one.

Let's take a look at exactly what you need to run Mountain Lion. The following models of Mac computers are able to run Mountain Lion. The iMac from mid 2007 or newer, the Mac book from late 2008, the Aluminum version or early 2009 or newer. The MacBook Pro from mid to late 2007 or newer. The Macbook Air from late 2008 or newer, the Mac Mini, from early 2009 or newer, the Mac Pro from early 2008 or newer, and the Xserve from early 2009.

Your current operating system needs to be Lion, which is OS 10, 10.7 or at a very bare minimum Snow Leopard with the latest OS 10, 10.6.8 update. If you're running Snow Leopard, you want to make sure that you install this latest update before you install Mountain Lion. Hardware requirements for your current computer include, you need to have a minimum of two gigabytes or more of memory, and a minimum of eight gigabytes or more of available hard drive space.

Some of the additional features of Mountain Lion include additional hardware requirements, which I won't go into detail at this time. But you can find out specifics on these requirements at the following URL. Now, you may be wondering. how do I find out this information on the computer that I have? Well, it's pretty easy to do. What you'll do is simply come up here to your Apple menu. Click on that and choose, About This Mac. This initial screen is going to give you some very basic information, and you can find out the information about your memory or RAM right here, but to find out more details, simply click on the More Info button. Now this is actually showing me the About This Mac dialog in Mountain Lion. And you can see right here it's telling me that I'm using the Mac Pro from mid-2010, which of course meets the requirements.

Now in older operating systems, you may need to click on the System Report or the More Info button again. And that'll show you a detailed report. So within here in the hardware section it'll tell you what model you're currently running and it will also allow you to click on Memory to see how much total memory you have. You can click on Memory to see how much total RAM you have. You just add these up and that'll give you the total. And you can also click on the storage section which is going to be under the serial ATA category.

Now in my case I have several hard drives but I'm going to click on the one that I'm using to boot this machine. And if we scroll up, we can see that it'll show me the different partitions on this hard drive. You can see that Macintosh hard drive, which is what I'm booting from, has a capacity of 269 gigabytes, and I have 260 gigabytes of available. So, you could see it's pretty easy to get the information about your Mac. I'm going to go ahead and quit out of this, and once you've verified that you have the minimum system requirements to run Mountain Lion, you can get going and install it on your machine.

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