Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 1:37 PM (in response to Karine R)
1gb is the minimum RAM for Snow Leopard. You should increase the RAM.
These are good online stores for RAM
Crucial Memory http://www.crucial.com/
Data Memory Systems http://www.datamemorysystems.com/apple-memory.asp
Here are instructions on replacing RAM in a MacBook with a removable battery. http://homeoffice.consumerelectronicsnet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=444042.16GHz Black MacBook 3gb RAM with Windows XP on a 32gb Boot Camp partition, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Mid 2007 Model 2,1 250gb hard drive
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 2:03 PM (in response to frederic1943)
Thanks Frederick but I have 2Gb RAM - so its not that.
Is an Intl Core Duo 1.83 GHz - I know its an older model, but not that old. & was working really well prior to upgrade yesty.
Is it possible that SL is not appropraite for this model?
If so how do I retreive Tiger??
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 2:36 PM (in response to Karine R)
Snow Leopard should work fine on your system. First, if you're still at 10.3, install the 10.6.8 combo update from: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399 . Use Disk Utility to repair permissions, then install the combo update, then repair permissions again.
Next, you have 15GB empty hard drive space ... you want 10% to 15%+ free for systems usage. If it's below 10%, then you need to free up space, otherwise the system will crawl.
Download Smart Utility from http://www.volitans-software.com/smart_utility.php . It will give you insight into the health of your hard drive.
Run the Apple hardware test to see if there are any obvious hardware issues. Find the original OS X disks, and insert the one that says 'AHT Version x.x' in small print on the label. Reboot holding the alt/option key down (might work holding the D key down too), choose the Apple hardware test, and when prompted choose the extended test. While in the extended test, you might push command and L to make it loop several times. Sometimes hardware issues don't show up on one run.
This FAQ may help too: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/performance.html
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 2:53 PM (in response to BGreg)
I'll try that now & get back.
Q first - what do you mean - if you are still at 10.3 ????
I guess you have to treat me a little like an idiot. I am quite computer literate but because the mac has always worked so well I haven't had to learn much about it or how it operates.
I don't really know about the ultilites functions etc
[I know lots about the PC tho - cos I've had to!]
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 3:02 PM (in response to Karine R)
My apology, meant 10.6.3, not 10.3 (long day, lol).
DIsk Utility is on your hard drive in applications/utilities.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 4:03 PM (in response to BGreg)
Hey there again BGreg
Understand long days! At beginning[ish] of day here in Oz & my fingers are behaving as if it were midnight.
OK here is what I will do
I just checked for software updates - just in case there are other updates I should have - got an error but will try again.
Am Downloading 10.6.8 update as we speak
Disk Utility I can get to. I opened the it and inserted the original Tiger Disk with the AHT on it. But then what? Do I reinstall it? or do I reboot on that disk? [I said treat me like an idiot - who knew that my lovely macbook would have anything wrong - it's been perfect for 3+ years]
Will download Smart Utility once 10.6.8 is downloaded
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 4:52 PM (in response to Karine R)
Oops being an idiot!
Just found the Repair Disk Permissions.
Maybe I should go to bed too - but is 1150am here.
Will engage concentration now
Am still downloading 10.6.8 - we have a very slow satellite conx - most of the time broadband in rural Australia is not much better than slow old fashioned dial up - & today is slower than usual
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2011 6:22 PM (in response to Karine R)
It's been a few years since I've been in Oz, look forward to returning one day ....
If you're able to get to the Apple hardware test, go ahead and run it, Insert the disk, hold the alt/option key, and reboot. Choose the Apple hardware test, and when prompted, choose the extended test, which may take awhile.
Good you found Disk Utility. You'll need to repair permissions before you install the 10.6.8 update, as well as after. Disk Utility you can use off your hard disk, you don't need the TIger disk for that.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 3:08 PM (in response to BGreg)
Good Morning BGreg - or evening in your part of the world
It took 14 hours for the update to download. It finished sometime in the middle of sleeping time. I must have hit my daytime download limit along the line. I have just installed and then rerepaired the permissions.
the hardware test is best achieved with the D key held not the Alt/opt key BTW. no errors were found - so good news.
The computer seems to be faster now. Programs opened faster. Haven't done any work yet. I will give it a good workout for the next few hours. Have some graphics to devise...
Your assist is most very appreciated!
Do you think that I should upgrade to Lion? Is it approp for my machine?
PS where in Oz did you visit?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 4:12 PM (in response to Karine R)
The hardware test can be done either way ... good results are helpful!
Key to a Lion upgrade is knowning that PowerPC programs will no longer run, as the Rosetta emulator is not included in Lion. If your programs are universal or Intel then you'd be fine. If you click on the apple on the menu bar, then about this mac, then more info, then software applications (give it a few momemts), then click kind, you'll see if you have any PowerPC applications.
I've read where comparative test show Snow Leopard as being marginally quicker than Lion. Key to that is with Lion, you really need 4GB of memory vs the minimum 2GB.
I currently am running a dual-boot system, with the internal drive being Snow Leopard 10.6, and Lion installed on a a partition on an external hard drive. I do have some PowerPC-based progarms that I need, so while I evaluate Lion, this dual-boot configuration is OK.
While in Oz, we visited Cairns, and Northwest into the rain forest, Townsville, and Sydney. We were there during the last US Presidential election, and were very impressed that people we talked with were more informed about the election than many in the US.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 4:45 PM (in response to BGreg)
No upgrade for me then.
I run Office for Mac aps and have the Adobe suite, which are all PowerPC aps
I must say tho, for graphics I use GIMP - which I like, and it has a great support network, just like this.
Altho I had to download Rosetta separately to SL to get Office to run. If that possible for Lion?
Play time for me. Hopefully this has resolved the SL issues.
Do you know if this Macbook can sustain an upgrade of RAM from 2Gb to say 3 or 4?
& what is with the points system???
We are north of Sydney by c 300km [ c200 miles] - subtropical. altho we haven't really started summer yet. the temp has barely broken 25C. Usually summer is very hot 40C+ - I prefer the cooler clime!
& yes Australians tend to be politically aware. It's because we are a [population] small country operating in a big world, & we tend to have some influence at the big boys table being a developed nation, plus voting is compulsory here, so you have to know what is going on both locally and in the world.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 5:40 PM (in response to Karine R)
No Rosetta for 10.7 Lion.
Make sure your Mac can run Lion.
Your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor to run Lion. Find out if your current Mac has one of these processors by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, then choosing About This Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 5:44 PM (in response to Karine R)
No, if your MacBook is the 1.83Ghz Core Duo model 1,1 it's at its limit of 2gb of RAM and it can't run Lion. Here's the specs on your machine http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/stats/macbook_1.83.html
Before Mac switched to Intel processors they used Power PC processors from 1994 to 2005. Power PC 601 through 604, G3, G4 and G5. Applications written for the Power PC processors need an application called Rosetta to run on Intel processors. This was part of the Operating System in 10.4 and 10.5 but was an optional install in 10.6. With 10.7 Lion Apple dropped support for Power PC applications.
The points are a way of keeping track of how helpful a member has been. https://discussions.apple.com/static/apple/tutorial/ask.html