Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 3:50 PM (in response to RileyUrso)
You really need to add more RAM - to at least 4GB.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 8:58 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Thank you so much for replying back so prompt. I figured I needed to upgrade RAM. Do you have any idea where I can buy a new RAM for cheap? If not, no worries.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 1:22 AM (in response to RileyUrso)
Don't go for 'cheap'. Decent RAM costs little these days.
Google for OWC and Crucial.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to Klaus1)
This is Phoebe Darlington of Portraits in Pencil in the USA. My 22 yr old daughter is a recent college graduate with a mountain of school loans with a 2008 Mac laptop OS 10.5.x she got as a freshman. It is antiquated and I'd like to upgrade it for her but can't afford to get her a new one. Can we essentially rebuild hers by getting additional ram from Crucial and upgrading the OS or do we need to take it to an Apple store and have them update it before we add more ram? Any recommendations? I'd appreciate your feedback. Many thanks, dPhoeb
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 2:50 PM (in response to dphoeb)
Installing more RAM is the easy part, that can only speed up her Macbook. As for upgrading the OS from Leopard would depend on the exact specifications of the Macbook and whether it can actually handle Snow Leopard 10.6, and this is independant of the RAM question.
One thing to consider is: can the present Macbook do what she needs? If the answer is yes, then leave it as it is - except for more RAM. Is the hard drive big enough to contain whatever applications and files she needs?
Start by checking if it can run Snow Leopard:
Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
If yes, investigate whether the applications she currently has will run on Snow Leopard and, conversely, if any new applications she might need can run on Leopard or if they require OS 10.6 or above.
OS 10.6 Snow Leopard is once again available from the Apple Store:
Once it is running Snow Leopard You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion from the same number (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2012 4:28 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Thanks Klaus! I'll have her look into it. She's in Virginia and I am in New Jersey but she'll be home for the holiday so it may have to wait until then. Thanks loads for the detailed instructions.
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