I have a four-year old MacBook Pro that has the silver keyboard and originally came with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. A few months later, I upgraded my Mac to Snow Leopard and everything worked out fine until I realized my battery life decreased dramatically, which I'm sure many of you have experienced it before. About two months ago, I upgraded my Mac to Lion and that was when I had a lot of issues with my Mac. Google Chrome crashed, keyboard stopped functioning and the computer became slow altogether.
Frustrated, I downgraded my Mac back to Leopard and now, everything works out fine. However, I noticed that I'm missing a lot of things that I took for granted such as FaceTime, App Store, more features and other useful stuff.
My question is should I upgrade back to Snow Leopard or should I just stick with Leopard? I want to upgrade to Snow Leopard but I'm afraid of having the same issues all over again. Has Apple fixed the Service Battery issue and other problems? Is it safe for my 2008 MacBook Pro to go to Snow Leopard? My specs are:
Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Appreciate if you can also answer this question: I also seem to have a problem with my CD Drive. It seems that it can't read certain discs, mostly music CDs. Is it worth paying it for a replacement or should I get a new Mac altogether?
Well your hardware determines your choice
1: Leopard - computer runs fine
2: Snow Leopard - reduced battery life (can be fixed)
3: Lion - crashes.
I've got the same machine as yours and this is what I did
A backup of files, a complete erase and "fresh install" method on 10.5, update, then upgraded to 10.6 and updated to 10.6.8 (remain there) install programs and last of all, performance robbing files returned last, in that specific order to maintain performance.
Fresh install gives you a new software, 10.5 is needed for the free iLife, 10.6 offers graphics speed improvements, I think your battery life will be back to normal with the fresh install.
Far as Lion goes, just leave that sick kitty alone for the next hardware upgrade cycle.
I've put a wealth of information all in one post here, knock yourself out.
Also consider a SMC reset, could be related to your battery issue as well