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Has anyone been able to update their 2008 Macbook to Mountain Lion?

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I have a macbook from 2008 and would like to upgrade to Mountain Lion, but the requirements say that it needs to be 2009 or newer.  Has anyone successfully upgraded? I'm not sure if this is a hardware problem or if they just want me to buy a new computer.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (50,335 points)

    If the requirements state 2009 or newer, then that's what it is. The decision to purchase a newer model is purely yours.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)

    It's mainly the video card. The Models 2,1 through 4,1 have video cards with non-upgradeable 32bit drivers. The model 5,1 Late 2008 and newer have at least the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 64bit drivers. Mountain Lion requires 64bit native drivers. Mountain Lion no longer supports Intel's GMA 950 or GMA X3100 graphics processors.

    While Lion used some 32 bit and a lot of 64 bit code, Mountain Lion is pure 64 bit, which excludes more systems than Lion did. It's not something you can add memory to, for example, as it involves the base architecture. icture-for-mountain-lion/?tag=mncol;txt


  • White-1 Calculating status...

    It is possible to upgrade.

    There are many many tutorials out there how to updrade and it'll work perfectly (except you'll have brightness and sleep issue - you cannot lower the brightness. It's always on maximum and you can't put it to sleep) . I still use Snow Leopard 10.6.8 , but I tried on educational purposes.

    Apple is just screwing you. I honestly see why it couldn't be officially supported, if it works fine. It worked very fine for me, except those two issues.

    I got a computer from 2004 that can run Windows 8, so um…Soon I'll consider of buying a PC laptop though, because I dont believe that you can force 10.9 to run on your white MacBook 2008.

    Wish you luck.

    If you want, then I can search better tutorials for you, but remember that I only do it for educational purposes.


    If you want my email or any help, just ask. We can do it together, but hopefully tutorials will help you. (NB! Don't uninstall Lion or Snow Leopard or whatever you have. Make a new harddrive in disk utility and install Mountain Lion on it, because you are going to need files from Lion(10.7) (which you hopefully have, because it didn't work for me when I tried to install it from 10.6.8, because you'll need files from 10.7.


    If you use your MacBook on a battery often, which I do every day for schoolwork and as I am a web designer I need to run my computer on a battery every single day, which means I have to use a low screen brightness.


    I don't recommend you to buy a new MacBook, better buy a good and a stable PC for that money. Windows on nowadays is more secure than Mac OS X if you worry about the viruses. I do learn IT and my dream is to become a security specialist, so I really know those things well.

    Windows is a really great operating system and if you haven't tried Windows 8 I recommend you to do so.


    Also, my girlfriend's HP's screen was broken as it fell and she had to pay 60€ for the repairment. My MacBook's case from the back was broken and I had to pay like 111€.

    PC's are better.

    Personally, I do recommend to do just like me: Use 10.6 / 10.7 as far as possible and then there is 10.8 out for unsupported macs, which is way improved and everything will work and after that go to PC World. You cannot use Leopard 10.5.8 very well anymore, but for example you can still use XP very well, which came out in 2001. Your choice.

  • uguna Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is not the best informed contribution that amounts to a poorly written advertisement for Windows. I went to a Macbook Pro a yeara ago after running a G4 Cube for ten years with no problems updating to the latest Mac OS. If you want second best go to Windows.


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