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I recently came into ownership of a used MacBook that had OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installed when it was shipped to me. I haven't purchased a license for Apple's latest operating system, however, so I installed the most current version of OS X I do own, 10.5.8 Leopard.

The browsers that are available for Leopard are extremely limited. The latest version of Safari that I'm able to install is 5.0.6, which was last updated in 2011 and is very unlikely to be updated again. The latest version of Opera I'm able to install is 12.15. I'm unable to install the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox.

When I try to watch video on my cable provider's website, I receive the following message:

The minimum required version for this video is: 11.1.0

Uh-Oh...You need to update Flash and Mac OS!!

We have detected that your computer needs an updated version of Adobe Flash Player to properly view Xfinity TV.

However, you also appear to be running an older version of Mac OS (Mac OS 10.5) which is not currently supported by newer versions of Adobe Flash, starting with Flash 11.1. You may actually need to upgrade your Mac Operating System before you can update Adobe Flash.

Are there any other browsers available for Leopard? On my PowerBook G4 I was able to use a browser called TenFourFox, which is a fork of Mozilla designed to keep aging PowerPC-based Macs as up-to-date as possible. Unfortunately, TenFourFox isn't developing a fork of Mozilla for Intel-based Macs.

asked Jul 15 '13 at 09:21

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edited Jul 21 '13 at 06:50

I don't understand, if the copy of Mountain Lion was on it when you bought/were given it, then that licence is yours? Why did you have to get rid of it?

(Jul 16 '13 at 08:57) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

No, the previous owner of the MacBook owns the license to Mountain Lion. This MacBook was originally sold with Leopard. Since I own a family pack of Leopard licenses, I'm able to legally install the OS, but not Mountain Lion.

(Jul 16 '13 at 10:11) Harold Harold's gravatar image

Oh, if that's the case then yes, but I don't think there would have been any harm in not wiping it, unless explicitly asked to?

(Jul 17 '13 at 10:06) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

That's not it, Tim. Call me a purist (or whatever term it is I'm looking for here) but I like to own my copy of an OS. It's not that I'm so squeaky-clean that I don't dip my toes in the waters of torrent trackers from time to time (I've even tried building my own "Hackintosh" before). It just makes me feel better to have licenses for the OSes I have installed on my various systems.

(Jul 17 '13 at 13:23) Harold Harold's gravatar image

According to this post on the Google Product forms you can use and old version of Chrome. Hope it helps!

Here's the download link: http://www.oldapps.com/mac/google_chrome.php?old_chrome=9921

answered Jul 20 '13 at 15:59

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Thank you, Raymond. So it appears the last version of Chrome was available just under a year ago. I wonder how insecure it is... Anyway, thanks for the info. There's even a browser on there I've never heard of before (though it looks like it was never available for Leopard), something called Maxthon.

(Jul 20 '13 at 16:50) Harold Harold's gravatar image
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