10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2013 3:27 AM by Eustace Mendis
Nato61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 2008 MAcbook pro 17". 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB  667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

 

  Will my macbook benefit from upgrading to Mountain Lion or should I just keep my Snow Leopard? Thanks for your suggestions. : )


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Cant click on FACEBOOK
  • 1. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    CT Level 6 Level 6 (15,535 points)

    "Benefit"? It depends on what you want to do with your computer. Mountain Lion would probably run ok, although 4 GB is a little light in the RAM department.  Personally, with that particular machine I believe 10.6.8 is the sweet spot.

  • 2. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,355 points)

    The main reason to upgrade a machine that old would be if you had some specific applications you wanted to run that require 10.7 or 10.8.  Do you have any of those?

     

    If not, your machine is 5 years old.  You'd probably get more benefit by buying a new machine, when you can afford it ;-)

  • 3. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    peterbats125 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My thoughts... You should always upgrade a mac... Every time it gets better and better

  • 4. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,940 points)

    I have a 2008 MAcbook pro 17". 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB  667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

     

    So do I. I have 10.8.5 on it. But before I went to 10.8 I installed a SSD, so my experience may not apply to you.

     

    The performance is outstanding, notwithstanding the modest 4 gB RAM.

  • 5. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Nato61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  I see that the upgrade is only $20 in the app store. A new laptop Macbook Pro is a few dollars more than that. This thing runs fine. I may just clean the slate one of these days. And then hopefully I will get a new one and hand this one to a family member. All I do is manage my music, surf thee interent, email, watch videos, and share my bad jokes with friends. Sometimes it just seems slow. I thought I would backup, and then erase everything , then upgrade to the Mountain Lion and see if this thing would behave like it used to. Maybe that should be my question. How do I make this Macbook Pro run like when I got it?  But thank you all for being so helpful!

  • 6. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Nato61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Eustace? So your laptop was pretty much identical to mine? What SSD did you use? I would like to look into doing that because my laptop had a lot of work done to it, new screen and other main components , and it will be a while before I look to spend $3000. : ) I am told that 4 Gb of ram is max as well but , never thought about the benefits of a solid state drive.

  • 7. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,940 points)

    I selected this on price alone - the local Tigert Direct had a 50% off promotion.

     

    Intel ICH8-M AHCI:

     

      Vendor:          Intel

      Product:          ICH8-M AHCI

      Link Speed:          1.5 Gigabit

      Negotiated Link Speed:          1.5 Gigabit

      Physical Interconnect:          SATA

      Description:          AHCI Version 1.10 Supported

     

    INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GN:

     

      Capacity:          160.04 GB (160,041,885,696 bytes)

      Model:          INTEL SSDSA2M160G2GN                   

      Revision:          2CV102M3

  • 8. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,940 points)

    I made the switch to SSD after I read an article in Macworld on how to soup up a Mac Mini. In a nutshell, the article said increasing RAM was effective. No surprise. But the reviewer was blown away by the boost an SSD provided.

     

    I went ahead and installed an SSD in my Mini. I too was blown away. So it was a no brainer to upgrade the MBP as well.

     

    And you do know Apple no longer offers a 17" portable?

  • 9. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Nato61 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes,, I guess 2011 was it for the 17" . I suppose I use an extra monitor just the same even though I own a 17". But I think that bigger is better . I see that they sell refurbished 17".

    Thank you for that info on the SSD . I will check it out. I dont have any discs for my MBP. I think I will need it wont I to replace the drive? I am so not up to speed with this stuff sorry. : )

     

      Thanks Eustace

     

    Dave

  • 10. Re: Should I upgrade to Mountain lion with my 2008 MAcbook pro?
    Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,940 points)

    Post back when you are ready to do the switch. No, you won't need the OS disks (10.6) since the easy way to do this is to clone the existing drive. You will need an inexpensive (~ $10) piece of hardware to temporarily house the new drive. And when you upgrade to 10.8 you will have to buy that, cost is $20.00.