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Why can't I upgrade from SL 10.6.8 to Mavericks?

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I recently inherited a Mac Pro (I believe it's 2009) with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 installed, Configuration is 16 GB RAM,  2.66 CPU, 500-plus GB of free hard drive space. I downloaded Mavericks and tried to install. Mac lPro starts updating but after 24 h

I recently inherited a Mac Pro (I believe it's 2009) with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 installed, Configuration is 16 GB RAM,  2.66 CPU, 500-plus GB of free hard drive space. I downloaded Mavericks and tried to install. Mac lPro starts updating but after 24 hours, I still get grey screen with twirling icon thng. Nothing is happening--the Mac seems to be in limbo. I've searched extensively here and elsewhere and I can't figure out what's wrong. There may be apps on the machine that might be causing a problem, but I have no idea which of those, if any, are an issue.
Any recommendations on what to try now? Is it the apps that are installed and if one is suspect, how do I figure out which one(s) to uninstall?
I want to upgrade OS and then install a new graphics card (the GX 120 is installed now). I tried two GeoForce cards with Snow Leopard and neither worked. I assume t has something to do with not being able to upgrade. I tried a GeoForce GT9900 and GTX460.

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I scanned the drive with Disk Utility and and it checked out okay. I've given up trying to update the OS on this particular drive. Right now, I'm in the middle of installing SL on a new drive and then will update and then try to install Mavericks. We'll let you know how that works out. I'm hoping to be able to use Migration Assistant to port my apps over to the new drive.
The graphcis card was never an issue. I have the original GT120 installed. I want to upgrade my OS so I can get a new card, complete with the drivers I need.
Thanks.

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