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Macbook Pro early 2008 Mountain Lion

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  • MikeG Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to jpdap)

    Did you do the install of the SSD yourself?


    Where did you buy it and how big did you go?


    I am still liking MT Lion although I do notice it running a big warmer which is kind of nice in the winter.

  • jpdap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to MikeG)

    I went for 250 Gbs - same as the stock HDD I pulled.

    I got that from Novatech - here in the UK.

    There were some great walkthrus online about setting lion ready for the SSD. Have a look and follow them - some of the info is spurious but the main things to bare in mind are:


    1) disable "put hardrives to sleep when able" in system prefs


    2) DO NOT enable TRIM support by any third party software - the Samsung SSDs have all the garbage collection built in.


    3) Do a clean install of lion using the make USB Boot disk hack - if you can - it's well worth it.


    On point 3 above I originally upgraded to the SSD with Lion installed over Snow Leopard installed over Leopard.


    A few weeks past and although I didn't get any of the issues to do with heat and battery deformation and beechballs that others have posted about I felt the old girl could still benefit from a fresh install of the OS.

    I wasn't wrong. The minute I booted into the fresh install it was very obvious the machine was much happier than it had been for a couple of years.

    Good luck

  • LT.Apple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 11:55 PM (in response to Serpico)

    Hi I have a Early 2008 MacBook Pro that came stock with 4GB of Ram. Saving up for 1TB SATA internal HDD. I have been using Mountain Lion for a while and my computer hasn't lagged out or frozen once. I recommend downloading it because it also puts you on the supported list for OS X Mavericks (because of the new 8x Architecture). hope this helped

  • Chad Smalley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 11:13 AM (in response to LT.Apple)

    Cool! Thanks very much for the info. I'm going to be getting a new Mac soon, but it would be fun to try and keep this old clunker up to spec. I just had the logic board replaced last Fall, so it'd be great to get at least one more year out of it.

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