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  • sorka95032 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For me it's not a matter of if they bring back the 17" but if they bring back the macbook pro. Since the 17" is the only useful form factor to me, it's the only macbook that exists. As such, the last mackbook made is the one I have from october 2011. I'd *like* to buy a newer model, but until the start making them again, I'm stuck with this one.

  • Mystakill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got two 17" MBPs that are ready for replacement.  The 15" offerings are not acceptable replacements primarily due to the smaller display (no, Retina in HiDPI mode is not acceptable).  The loss of user-replaceable RAM is solely to put MBP pricing in line with iPad/iPhone pricing at various tiers; I'm not happy about it, but I could live with it if the 17" display were to return.

     

    However, if a new one isn't forthcoming in the next year or so, I'll have to resort to finding a suitable laptop which could be made to run OS X, or just switch back to Linux.  Windows is not an option.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,355 points)

    Mystakill wrote:

     

    However, if a new one isn't forthcoming in the next year or so, I'll have to resort to finding a suitable laptop which could be made to run OS X,

    Only Apple hardware can run Apple operating systems, any other hardware constitutes a violation of the licensing terms.

  • Mystakill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Which I'm well aware of...

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,355 points)

    So no need to discuss "finding a suitable laptop which could be made to run OS X"  then,

  • bonibee Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Exactly my feelings.  I wish I could put in a custom order for a 17" Macbook Pro.   Mine is from early 2008, and I am afraid to upgrade even to Lion, no less Mavericks, which they said I could do.   I use Parallels to run Vista and then within Vista, I run Virtual PC 2007, where I run DOS and WPDos5.1, for my court reporting transcripts.   Talk about archaiec!!!   But that's their requirements, not mine.  

     

    I too would love to buy a newer model, if it was new and available.  No refurbed stuff for me.  Why can't we just custom order something, just like I can build my own PCs to my specs and order a PC notebook to my specs and needs.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (42,355 points)

    bonibee wrote:

     

    I too would love to buy a newer model, if it was new and available.  No refurbed stuff for me.  Why can't we just custom order something, just like I can build my own PCs to my specs and order a PC notebook to my specs and needs.

    You can't order that which is not manufactured, custom or not.

  • bonibee Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I'm well aware of the fact if it's not manufactured, it cannot be ordered.  It's just my wish which it seems will never come to be! 

  • sers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It might still come to pass, as the desire for it remains strong & perhaps it may be more feasible at some point.  While I"m waiting, though, I'm trying to milk as much life out of my 17" MacBook Pro 5,2  as possible.  I have upgraded the RAM and am planning on putting in a SSD. Also, does anyone have good experience of running Mavericks OS on the 5,2 MacBook Pro?  I've read different reports, some of them very negative about slow performance on the MacBook Pro 5,2 with Mavericks, but a few positive and some even saying it sped things up. I'm reluctant to try it without being able to find the cause for the different outcomes, as I don't have time now to fix difficult problems if the thing goes poorly...

  • Jerome Olivier Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm running Mavericks on a MBP 3,1 (17" 2.4GHz w/ SSD & 4GB RAM) and it runs great.  I plan on installing Yosemite when it's released.  If people are having problems with their computers, the issue isn't OS / Hardware.

     

    Maxing out RAM and getting an SSD does help make a Mac run A LOT faster.  Highly recommended.

     

    Message was edited by: Jerome Olivier

  • sers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't have the SSD yet.  Do you think that this will make the performance inferior to what I now enjoy?  I'm happily using 10.6.8, but it is time to upgrade.  But perhaps I should wait until I put the SSD in?

  • Jerome Olivier Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Only way to find out is to try it.  I installed an SSD and did a clean install of everything and my MBP runs faster today than it did when I bought it.  SSDs are awesome.  My 27" iMac still runs off of a HDD and it's dog slow in comparison.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,650 points)

    You should upgrade to the Maximum of 6 Gigs of RAM.

  • sers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For 17" MacBook Pro 5,2, the maximum is 8 gigs, & I have already upgraded it from 4 to 8.  You can find the memory for the upgrade here.  The SSD will help more.  I'm 50/50 on upgrading to Mavericks.  I've read online of people having trouble even after a clean install.  It would be good to have more confidence, but reading about trouble after a clean install concerns me.  And, of course, I wish I could avoid the hastle even of the clean install, but if that works so be it.  Can't understand why so many people seem to have had problems with that, though (judging from online comments and queries for help)...  Of course, if Apple would *just* bring out a new one, I would jump through their hoop with a dollar bill in my mouth.  I do hope they bring it back soon...  But probably the SSD will go in in a couple months (other expenses before then!).

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (5,650 points)

    My response was directed to Jerome Olivier. He has a MacBook Pro3,1.