11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2012 10:19 AM by MHN
JJDDSS Level 1 (0 points)

Is it advisable to install mountain lion on my mac book pro, bought in october of 2008 (first generation aluminum body), or will it not work/work very slow?

An search on the internet gives different outcomes..

 

thank you!

  • mende1 Level 10 (92,176 points)

    Welcome to Apple Communities

     

    Do a backup and update all the programs because PowerPC programs aren't compatible. Open App Store, buy it and install

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 (25,865 points)

    I would max out the ram or at least install 4gb to make sure it runs smooth.  I would only install it if there is something with Mountain Lion that you really want or need.  I don't find it that impressive.

  • AppleIpod60GB Level 1 (10 points)

    Wouldn't bother on 4 year old hardware, it will be sluggish and not perform to its best either.  Power PC apps will not longer work since Intel was put in Apple computers.  Requirements: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5444 (NOTE: these are minimum requirements only).

  • whatevera Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi,

     

    You need 2gb RAM, 8Gb space on hard drive minimum.  Your hardware will support ML if you have the RAM and space.

     

    ML is a great bit of software BTW...

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 (22,595 points)

    JJDDSS wrote:

     

    Is it advisable to install mountain lion on my mac book pro, bought in october of 2008

     

    The date of purchase is not a reliable indicator that your Mac Book Pro meets the requirements for Mountain Lion.

     

    Check out exact technical informaitons for supported models here:

     

    http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

     

    Even if your computer meets the requirements for Mountain Lion doesn't necessarily mean it's advisable to do so. For example, if you rely on applications that are not compatible with Mountain Lion.

     

    Matt

  • Tom in London Level 4 (1,610 points)

    It isn't "advisable" or not. The decision is up to you. Your MacBook Pro should be able to run Mountain Lion (see this link) - although on some older computers, a few minor, not-very-important features of ML may not work.

     

    As ML runs best on a lot of RAM, it would be highly advisable to max out the RAM or you may find that everything runs slow.

     

    RAM isn't too expensive these days and isn't particularly difficult to install. Just make sure that the RAM you buy is of good quality, e.g. from Crucial.

  • whatevera Level 1 (45 points)

    I have ML on my mid 2007 iMac and it is a vast improvement on Lion!

     

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  • AppleIpod60GB Level 1 (10 points)

    Can't believe people are keeping computers for 5 years, its rediculous, and then expecting Apple to support ancient hardware.  I would not support hardware older than 2 years.

  • Tom in London Level 4 (1,610 points)

    AppleIpod60GB wrote:

     

    Can't believe people are keeping computers for 5 years, its rediculous, and then expecting Apple to support ancient hardware.  I would not support hardware older than 2 years.

    I can believe it. It isn't ridiculous.

  • whatevera Level 1 (45 points)

    I rather think that it is testiment to the build quality myself!

     

    Must be nice to have a boss who will change all your toys every 24 months, got any positions vacant I can apply for?

     

    BTW 5 years is becoming the standard for hardware refresh as hardware quality improves

  • MHN Level 1 (85 points)

    I also have a late 2008 MBP Unibody.  I just received it back from my son, who needed to get a Win laptop for his scholl's engineering program.  (For the stupid "ridiculous" commenter:  paying for college tuition -- a good, not-ridiculous reason to continue using a perfectly usuable Unibody MBP! :^P)

     

    I installed 8 GB of ram (after verifying the firmware was the latest version, supporting 8GB) and replaced the original 250GB HD with a 500 GB hybrid HD (small amount of SSD on front of the HD). 

     

    I then installed ML and Bootcamp Win 7.

     

    Long story short:  Absolutely fine -- ML is quick (not "quick enough" - quick).  A 1st-gen Unibody MBP is perfectly ok w/ML.