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lion on a 4 year old macbook

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Jul 31, 2011 5:32 AM



I have got a 4 year old macbook and recently upgraded to snow leapard. Now I wonder if I should upgrade to lion. I have read some of the problems people are having, but my concern is more if my computer is ready for all the new things like swipes etc or do I also need to get the MacPad and other things.

and suggestion is welcome


  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:35 AM (in response to benturpin)

    Either you are going to have to compare your hardware specs to the requirements of Lion or post them here so that we can. Without that information there is no way to help you.



  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:18 AM (in response to benturpin)



    A little bit more info is needed.

    We need the model of the Macbook.

    Select the Apple at the top of the screen, the select About this Mac

    Now Select More Info

    The System info is now displayed and under Hardware, the model of your Mac is displayed.

    This is mine

    Screen Shot 2011-07-31 at 11.14.34 PM copy.png


    What Model Identifier is your mac?

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:55 AM (in response to benturpin)

    benturpin wrote:


    I got a 2 GHZ intel Core 2 Dup processor and 4 GB of Ram memory and the 10.6.8 OSX.

    That will run Lion fine. I am using a virtually identical machine with Lion right now.


    These forums are a good place to get technical support for specific problems. They are a very poor method for planning upgrades or purchases. People who aren't having problems aren't going to come here and complain about it. If you believe what you read here, you would think that the most reliable products are always whatever hardware and software has most recently been discontinued. That is essentially correct. You aren't going to have any surprises with last year's computer or last year's operating system. If you don't need and don't want any of the new features in Lion, then you don't have to upgrade. But if you don't rely on PowerPC software from 2006 and aren't incapacitated by small changes in behaviour, you may enjoy using Lion.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,970 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:39 AM (in response to benturpin)

    If you have the two button trackpad you won't be able to use the swipes feature in Lion. You need the buttonless multi-touch glass trackpad for the swipes. With MacBooks it's only the Late 2008 model 5,1 Aluminum Unibody and the Late 2009 model 6,1 and Mid 2010 model 7,1 White Unibody that have the buttonless multi-touch glass trackpad.

    The Early 2006 model 1,1 through Early 2008 model 4,1s plus the Early and Mid 2009 model 5,2s had the 2 button trackpads


    The buttonless multi-touch glass trackpad

    Multi-Touch Trackpad.jpg

  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,970 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to benturpin)

    No I haven't upgraded to Lion because I still have Power PC applications that I use almost daily. Like Epson Scan for scanning and MicroSoft Office 2004 for Word.

    2.16GHz Black MacBook 3gb RAM with Windows XP on a 32gb Boot Camp partition, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Mid 2007 Model 2,1
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 10:28 AM (in response to frederic1943)

    I would never let Word prevent me from upgrading.


    There are free alternatives to it that are Lion complient.



  • actionmarker Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 1:00 PM (in response to benturpin)

    Hi benturpin,


    You are correct, your computer will run fine, but will only benefit from the new gestures with an additional trackpad.

    I beleive yours handles two fingers, so its only the 3/4 finger gestures that you will not be able to perform.

    These actions can still be carried out with the keyboard, so its not as if you cannot use it without.


    Also as others have posted, PowerPC support in Rossetta has gone, so you need to make sure that any software on your computer that you rely on is going to be compatiable.


    I have not had any issues with the upgrade, all has gone smoothly and am happy with what I have. Yes there are a few bugs hanging around, but you will always get that in a .0 version, but the few I have seen are more anoyance things than anything else, nothing has caused my computer or applications to fail.


    Hope this helps



    PS, Thanks for the star.


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