MacBook Pro     17-inch: 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo running on OS X 10.6.8, can I update to Lion or Mtn Lion?  thanks  ed c.

MacBook Pro
17-inch: 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo running on OS X 10.6.8, can I update to Lion or Mtn Lion?  thanks  ed c

A Core Duo(not Core 2 Duo) can't be upgraded past 10.6.8.

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