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MacBook3.1 upgrades

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RTBill Calculating status...
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May 14, 2012 8:54 PM

I have a 13" ibook with a 2GH processor and currently running two 512 MB modules.  I would like to max out the memory, install a larger SATA HD, and finally upgrade the OS to Lion.  Question regarding the memory is a total of 2GB max?  Question regarding the HD is what is the max for this computer.  I would like to go as large as 500GB.  Question on the OS is I have been told that with more memory I can run Lion.  Any info on these three questions would be appreciated.

One last question, does anybody have any idea how the old keyboard will respond to Lion and the multi touch built into Lion, well what the result will be.  I am thinking I will have tobuy a special touch mouse.  Also this would only be speculation but if this will run Lion does anybody have and reason to believe that it would not be able to run "Montain Lion" when it is available?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    May 14, 2012 10:22 PM (in response to RTBill)

    Your Topic title and the text that follows contradict each other, in terms of the computer that you have.  If you have the "MacBook 3.1," then you should re-post your topic in the designated MacBook Forum.  If you have an "iBook," as indicated in your first sentence, you should re-post your topic in the iBook Forum.  This Forum typically deals with pre-1998 desktop computers and peripherals.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,970 points)
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    May 15, 2012 9:19 AM (in response to RTBill)

    The Late 2007 model 3,1 has the GMA X3100 graphics processor. OS 10.8 Mountain Lion no longer supports ATI's Mobility Radeon X1600 or Radeon X1900, Intel's GMA 950 or GMA X3100, or NVIDIA's GeForce 7300 graphics processors.


    The multi touch requires a no button glass trackpad which didn't come in until Late 2008. You can get an external Magic Trackpad from Apple for $70


    These are good online stores for Mac compatible RAM. The model 3,1 can use up to 6gb of RAM.

    OWC - They offer Mac tested RAM at very good prices.

    Crucial Memory - good place to buy RAM from all over the world. They also have an excellent memory selector that allows you to choose memory based on your computer's model

    Data Memory Systems - another good, cheap place to buying RAM if you live in the U.S.

    Here are instructions on replacing RAM in a MacBook with a removable battery.


    If you don’t have the tools to open up the MacBook OWC has a set for $5


    For a new hard drive try ives&Order=PRICE

    Or OWC

    Here are instructions on replacing the hard drive in a MacBook with a removable battery.


    To transfer your current hard drive I like the free application Carbon Copy Cloner. It makes a bootable copy of everything on your hard drive You'll need a cheap SATA external hard drive case. Put the new drive in the case then partition and format the new drive and clone your old drive to the new one. Check that it's set up right by booting up from the external drive. Then replace your old hard drive with the new one and put your old one in the external case.

    Here's a cheap SATA external hard drive case on Amazon. ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332118549&sr=8-1


  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,970 points)
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    May 15, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to RTBill)

    You can buy Lion for $29 from the App Store with at least a model 2,1 MacBook so your model 3,1 can run Lion. Lion will require at least 2gb of RAM but really needs 4gb to run smoothly.


    As for third party programs see this list for compatibility with 10.7


    Also Lion doesn't run any Power PC programs. To see if you have any Power PC programs go to the Apple in the upper left corner and select About This Mac, then click on More Info. When System Profiler comes up select Applications under Software. Then look under Kind to see if any of your applications are listed as Power PC. Universal and Intel will run under Lion.

    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 the 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 all support for Power PC applications.

  • BeeAlexandra Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2012 7:50 AM (in response to frederic1943)

    Just yesterday at a garage sale I picked up a pristine, perfectly perfect working Macbook 3.1 with identical specs and WAS planning to upgrade my RAM to 6GB (from OWC).  Am also considering upgrading the hard drive to 240 GB (OWC Mercury Electra). 


    Your post about OS 10.8 has me reconsidering. I am a business user and my primary computer is my desktop MAC, which run Microsoft Office for MAC 2011 (With mixed results, btw. I abandoned Outlook after a few months. Too clunky.)  Mostly I use Word and PowerPoint.


    My questions are:

    1.     Can the 2GHZ processor handle the above upgrades.

    2.     What is the implication for daily use that the OS 10.8 does not support the GMA3100 graphics card?  Does it mean some or all application software won't work?  

    3.     If I install OS 10.7 on the Macbook, my MAC computers will be compatible. What happens when I upgrade the desktop MAC to OS 10.8?


    Thanks so very much!

  • anthony.califano Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2014 5:16 AM (in response to RTBill)

    Your maximum RAM potential is 6GB, not 4. Check out

    Lion will run on your system.


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