My laptop is just a regular MacBook, the white one from 2008 or 2009, it's not the MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air. I saw that my laptop in pretty sure is capable of downloading mountain lion and snow leopard,what I am wondering though is if mountain lion runs faster or if snow leopard runs faster? Like which would be better for my laptop in terms of everything?
For the benefit of everyone in this thread who's giving you a hand here, please post in here:
1. What MODEL NUMBER your Macbook is (instead of guessing by year & type of case, etc. -- your Macbook is in the manufacturing range where Mountain Lion *might* work efficiently [IF your MB has enough RAM] or it might not work at all. Gotta tell us the exact model number to know for sure.), and
2. AND how much RAM your Macbook currently has (click the Apple icon, top left of screen, click on "About This Mac").
Go to this Apple Knowledgebase page: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1635
for help in finding your MB's model number.
And when/if you find your MB's model number/year & time of year manufacture, etc, & want to do some DIY researching, then go here:
to find out if your MB can handle Lion and/or Mountain Lion.
But with either one of those, L or ML, I'd say that your MB should have a minimum of 4GB of RAM for comfortable use of your MB.
Or just go with Snow Leopard, Jess... 10.6.8. Much simpler. To get that, all you'd have to do is purchase just one O.S. -- *any* version of 10.6.xx on disk, install that, & then inside your new Snow Leopard v??, download & install the "Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1" from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399 & then install that. That will take whatever version of 10.6 you initially installed all the way up to Snow Leopard version 10.6.8. After installing that Combo Update though, you should run Software Update under the Apple menu to completely update your 10.6.8. When you run Software Update it will tell you you that you need to install the Security Update 2012-004, among other things. Java's another one. You can skip the Java, but do install the 2012-004 Update. *BUT* prior to installing that Update, **DO NOT** move the Mail.app email application from the Applications folder to any other folder. Because if you do, you will be right back on here with a new problem.
And after running Software Update, if you're really set on someday having Lion or Mountain Lion, download & install the "Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update" from here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1429. What that Supplemental Update does is it readies & optimizes the personalized items you've got in Snow Leopard 10.6.8 for migration into Lion/ML when & if you upgrade your SL to L / ML.
Lots here, but essentially you've got to decide if Snow Leopard's good enough for your needs (which I believe w/ 99% certainty that it will be), which means that you'll have to buy only one OS: Any version of 10.6 on disk.
Or if you want to take the time, expense, effort & possibly some troubleshooting time too to go all the way up to Lion/ML, then that means that you've got to buy BOTH 10.6.xx, install that, update that, and then go buy the Lion/ML disk & install that on top of your fully-upgraded Snow Leopard. You cannot upgrade to Lion/ML straight from 10.5.xx. Gotta get it up to 10.6.8 first.
I hope this all helps you in your decision-making...
Step 1 though........ MODEL NUMBER, Jess. And RAM amount.
UR Welcome, Jess
If you'd like to have more help info from us, post your MB's model & RAM info in here when you get a chance.
And it would be helpful too if you have made a conclusive decision whether you want to go with installing just 10.6.8 Snow Leopard & maxing that out with all the updates Apple makes available for SL, or Snow Leopard & then on top of that after it's been fully upgraded, Lion or Mountain Lion. IF your MB is capable of handling ML, that is.
My serial number is W8******0P0 and this is the info I got when looking for my model number:
Intro Date: February 26, 2008*
Disc Date: January 20, 2009
Order No: MB402LL/A*
Model No: A1181 (EMC 2242)
Subfamily: Early 2008
Model ID: MacBook4,1
Std RAM: 1 GB Std
VRAM: 144 MB
Std Storage: 120 GB (5400 RPM)
Std Optical: 8X "Combo Drive"*
Complete MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.1 13" (White-08) Specs
When I looked for ram this is what I found: 1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
But honestly I think I'm just going to go for snow leopard, it seems like all I need.
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Mountain Lion is Not an option for your Mac...
Snow Leopard will be just fine.
Increase your RAM to 4 GB and away you go...
See here for RAM ...
It is important to get the correct and Matching RAM.
See here for how to Install...
Thank you Limnos - your information was very useful for me in what I had to do next to upgrade my OS X from 10.5.8 (Leopard) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard). I have the late 2008 (alumin(i)um) MacBook with core duo processor.
I called Apple Support (following your links) and they are sending me the 10.6 DVD for approx. $20. It can be used on up to 5 computers.
I am about to upgrade to Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 and then update to 10.6.8.
I have checked the model and RAM and my MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.1 13in Early 08 should work.
I will also increase the RAM as you suggest (correct and matching).
I am thinking I need to increase the RAM first, or would you recommend the Snow Leopard Upgrade first?
Hi Kevin - I have a similar memory & sorftware upgrade question related to an issue I have w/certain Applications not responding (the little circular disk delays me constantly so I find myself having to Force Close Safari, Word or whatever (and sometimes I only have 1 application open).
Anyway, below is my computer's info you may need (& then some!) to answer my question... I guess I want to know if you think the probable issue is that I'm just lacking memory and, if so, would you recommend that I buy a 2GB or 4GB memory card, as well? With the idea that I'd like to upgrade the Software if that would help my computing capabilities...?
I've also included the info I found under "Memory", because it says that I have BANK 0/DIMM0: (w/info under it) and BANK 1/DIMM1: (but says it's all empty). Does this mean that I have 2 slots for memory cards, but my computer just came w/the 1GB card & there's room to add another? Ifso, is the simple solution that I just buy/install the 2 or 4GB & that it would = a total of 3 or 5GB's of memory on my hard drive?
Thanks in advance for helping me w/my Q's, & A's needed!!
Model: iMac - Version OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard)
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: IM81.00C1.B00
SMC Version (system): 1.29f1
Hardware UUID: 29466946-783A-50E3-8EFD-878EC06544E7
Intel ICH8-M AHCI:
Product: ICH8-M AHCI
Speed: 3 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
Capacity: 232.89 GB
Model: WDC WD2500AAJS-40VWA1
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk0
Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Capacity: 232.57 GB
Available: 78.21 GB
File System: Journaled HFS+
BSD Name: disk0s2
Mount Point: /
Size: 1 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 800 MHz
Part Number: 0x48594D503131325336344352362D53362020
Serial Number: 0x0000201F
Part Number: Empty
Serial Number: Empty
Hi allisonswonderland, your Hardware Overview that you posted on Feb. 28 shows something I'm struggling with right now. The Macintosh HD seems to be stored within another drive called WDC WD2500AAJS-40VWA1. Are you using or did you try to use a Western DIgital external hard drive recently? I bought one, being told they were mac friendly, and ever since, I've had problems. It didn't work, I returned it, and now I've got misery. Were you able to correct your issues? If so, HOW? This is completely out of my league. Thanks for any advice!
hi there jess what mac book is it? is it a macbook Unibody? and is it a core 2 duo? and what graphics does it have if it has Nvidia GeForce 9400M then yes it is supported as long as it has a core 2 duo with a nvidia GPU and not a intel GMA3100 or 945GMA then it will work with 10.8 and 10.9 as i have a macbook 2009 and 2010 version white unibody let me know what specs
hope i can help you
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