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Who still has the white Macbook 2,1 late 2006??

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AHMuse11 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Apr 30, 2012 1:23 PM

Hi all,

If you still have the white plastic Macbook 2,1 late 2006.....in working order........I am curious to know a few things, as I am in the process of doing a massive (for me) upgrade.

My specific model is the 2.0ghz 13" Core2Duo.

RAM has been upgraded to 4GB (though technically 3GB). I will be changing the HD to a bigger 7200rpm drive. Also, making the jump from Tiger to Snow Leopard (or maybe even Lion).

My Macbook is still in really good shape, so I would rather just spend $245 and upgrade a few things than junk it for a new one. Plus I don't have THAT kind of money right now.

 

My questions are:

Those who went with Lion, how did it work out? (what kind of work load are you putting it through?)

Anyone switch back to SL from Lion cause they hated it?? or too many problems??

Anyone love SL so much they wont touch Lion?

Those who have a 7200rpm hard drive, how is it?

 

And other bits you would like to add, that is specific to this model PLEASE DO!!

Thanks!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Macbook 2,1 Core2Duo 3GB RAM 2.0ghz
  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to AHMuse11)

    Hi, AHMuse11

     

    I have the 2,1 although it's 1.87MHz. The only question I can directly

    respond to regards a 7200rpm drive, which gave a def. snappier feel.

    There's a smal amount of vibration but not unpleasant, and no noise.

    Screen shot 2012-04-30 at 1.59.38 PM.png 

    The drive came with a five yr. warranty. I haven't checked to see if they

    are available right now but the monsoon damage in Indonesia - or was

    it Malasia  - interrupted the supply of 2.5" HDs. Today I'd look at 1TB

    but they might be prohibitivly expensive.

     

    I've perfectly happy with my MacBook. I will upgrade only because

    Mountain Lion will not run on the 2,1 and there are certain streaming

    features in ML I'd like to have - but no hurry.

     

    I also installed this WD drive along with Lion on a client's MacBook,

    that was a new machine in 2011 and not the Pro. She's never had

    a whiff of trouble with Lion and I'd expect you to have none either.

     

    Dud to laziness I'm still coasting along on SL and loving it - but I'd

    never go back from Lion as Lion is req'd to install Mountain Lion.

    Good luck and all the best, Tom

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:59 PM (in response to AHMuse11)

    The problem might be that users don't necessarily think of

    the terminology 2,1.

     

    Thanks for commenting of the Lion memory required - I

    actually hadn't noticed that. Never having had the

    slightest hint of slowdown moving from Leeopard to SL

    (.5 to 1.0G req.) I'm leery of starting now. As things are

    I often find 8 or 9 apps open, however no slowness.

     

    Spoiled as I am I may just hold off until the new hardware

    is available. My System Profiler shows 4 but I'm persuaded

    by more tech types that 2,1 can only address 3GB. ML

    will narrow the margin . . .

    Tom

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 5:27 PM (in response to Tom Meade1)

    I have the Black MacBook model same as yours (2,1) and I just upgaded it.........WOW what a major diference.  Here's what I did.

     

     

    1.  Ohter Work Computing (OWC) 4 GB's RAM $61.79

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/5300DDR2S4GP/

     

    2.  Crutial M4 SSD 128GB (Amazon) $124.99

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref =sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335831087&sr=8-1

     

    3.  Fresh install of Lion 10.7.3 $29.99 

     

    (If your going to use iCloud or upgrade to a SSD drive I'd say upgrade to Lion for sure)

     

    BTW I enabled TRIM for the SSD drive.  Instructions here I think for Lion only.

    http://www.storagereview.com/how_enable_trim_nonapple_ssd

     

    I also have a MacBook Air which I also love but increasing the RAM to 4 GB's and installing a SSD drive (highly recommend the one I installed) on my Black MacBook really notice a huge speed difference.

    Boot time is about 19-22 seconds....everything is really much more enjoyable.

     

    Any question I'd be glad to answer!   Good Luck!

     

    BTW, tried a 7,200 RPM drive and really didn't see a performance increase that was worth the cost.....the SSD drive is worth the cost...trust me.

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to Mini-Mac)

    I like Mini-Mac's upgrade a lot - but the days of living in 128GB of storage

    are long gone. Who was it who said "Give me 500GB or give me death?"

  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 9:31 PM (in response to AHMuse11)

    "Mtn Lion wont even work on our Macbook version"

     

    True.  published this.

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    May 1, 2012 4:09 AM (in response to Tom Meade1)

    Tom Meade1 wrote:

     

    I like Mini-Mac's upgrade a lot - but the days of living in 128GB of storage

    are long gone. Who was it who said "Give me 500GB or give me death?"

     

    I thought the same thing when I got my MacBook Air (Late 2011) with a 256GB's SSD.  I have nearly 500GB's of media that I put on a external 1TB HD, and connected to my Time Capsule (2GB HD) that I can access anywhere as long as I have internet access.  Cloud computing is the future, not huge internal laptop hard drives.  "Put that in you pipe and smoke it."

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    May 1, 2012 4:53 AM (in response to AHMuse11)

    AHMuse11 wrote:

     

    SSD? Nice! Dont have the money for that right now. I bought a new internal and a HD for external back up. That was really important. Tiger does not have Time Machine, so I have gone all these years (since 2006) with nothing bad happening. Probly got lucky. I guess with the SSD I figure they have made such a change with Lion (all the gestures, mission control, and launch pad) I would do something to tie me over, cause I thought I read somewhere that Mtn Lion wont even work on our Macbook version. Have no idea how true it is though.

    So even with the max of 3GB of RAM (with 4GB installed) yours is going like a champ with Lion??

    Is there anything not working with Lion? How did you work around the gesture features?

     

    Lion is running fine....no issues.  There is a possibilitily our 2.1 MacBook's will work with Mountain Lion, we simply won't know until it's released by Apple.

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