iMac Intel 2.4Ghz 10.5.8 will not update

Hello I have an iMac with Intel 2.4Ghz 2GB memory, and over 200Gb free hard drive space it has OS 10.5.8. I can't install Chrome or really app that they need in the office everything states it not compatibly with this version of OS I  have tried to update the mac but it states no updates are available ... any suggestions
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I am afraid you are in a bit of a pickle. Apple sort of expects you to upgrade incrementally and you are still at OS 10.5 Leopard, whereas the newest version is 10.10 Yosemite. The intermediate versions, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 are no longer easily available.

Also, you have only 2 GB of RAM which will not run 10.10 Yosemite satisfactorily.

If you had upgraded to 10.6 earlier, it would be less of a problem as the upgrade from 10.6 to 10.10 is free.

As it stands, in order to upgrade, you will first have to buy a OS 10.6 DVD (perhaps from eBay), install it, upgrade to 10.6.8 over the internet, then upgrade to 10.10.

However, you should be aware that a lot of your old software will likely not be compatible with OS 10.10

In other words, trying to upgrade won't be easy and there is no guarantee that you will be satisfied with the result.

I am guessing from the specs that your iMac is getting close to 8 years old, so it is probably time to think of getting a new one and passing to old one one to someone who doesn't need the new software that you do, or use it as a second Mac.

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Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Strung is right. My suggestion is to upgrade that machine to 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and leave it there. You'll need to find the DVD somewhere but it should be $20 or less and is a very solid version of Mac OS.
With something that old, it's probably more worthwhile to just get a new system.   You're going to spend a lot of time just trying to upgrade the OS, then upgrade the software.  You'll also need to add RAM and change your disk to SSD to make it perform reasonably well.

If you aren't going to buy a new system, you might just want to install Windows, if possible, or Linux on it to get an updated versions of Google Chrome on this hardware.
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David AndersTechnician Commented:
Deerek11Author Commented:
I want to upgrade the memory on the iMac memory it has 2GB do you know what the max of memory I can add ? and is it worth it?
I recommend that you don't go that route it's not very worthwhile.  You might get 6 months of usefulness out of it, before you need to buy a new mac anyway.  El Capitán is due to come out soon and makes it even less worthwhile.

You can look up your Mac model to find out which Mac you have and what it's capable of upgrading to.

Here's a list of iMac models.

If your model is too old, you won't be able to go beyond 10.6.

You can get refurbished Macs directly from Apple with a full warranty.
David AndersTechnician Commented:
Other World Computing carries used Macs, 90 day warranty.  Several clients have purchased there.
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