13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2012 1:51 PM by noondaywitch
Lindam9 Level 1 Level 1
Model Name:MacBook Pro
  Model Identifier:MacBookPro2,1
  Processor Name:Intel Core 2 Duo
  Processor Speed:2.33 GHz
  Number Of Processors:1
  Total Number Of Cores:2
  L2 Cache:4 MB
  Memory:4 GB
  Bus Speed:667 MHz
  Boot ROM Version:MBP21.00A5.B08
  SMC Version (system):1.14f5

I want to update without having to buy a new lap top is this possible?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    Your computer isn't supported because OS X Mountain Lion needs a Mid 2007 MacBook Pro or newer, and you're using a Late 2006 MacBook Pro. If you want, call Apple to purchase OS X Lion > http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57 Make a backup before upgrading and check if your programs are supported > http://www.roaringapps.com

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion



    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.


    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         Snow Leopard General Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and

               terms apply.


    Upgrading to Lion


    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.


    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.


         Lion System Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,

               or Xeon processor

           2. 2GB of memory

           3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

           4. 7GB of available space

           5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.


    Upgrading to Mountain Lion


    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.



         OS X Mountain Lion - System Requirements


           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion


             1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

             7. Xserve (Early 2009)


         Are my applications compatible?


             See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.


         Am I eligible for the free upgrade?


             See Apple - Free OS X Mountain Lion upgrade Program.


         For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

  • Michael Black Level 7 Level 7

    So that is a late 2006 MBP, right?  In that case, no sorry, the installer is never even going to let you download it from the app store.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    According to MacTracker, it will run ML.


    Original OSMac OS X 10.4.8 (8N1037, 8N1051, 8N1430)
    Later OS--
    Maximum OSLatest release of Mac OS X
    Hardware TestAHT 3A116
    Bundled SoftwareiLife '06 (includes iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork '06 (30-day trial), QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition, Comic Life, FileMaker Pro trial, Omni Outliner, Photo Booth, Front Row



    FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
    Firmware UpdateMacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5.1"
  • Michael Black Level 7 Level 7

    I wouldn't know about that. I do know it does not meet Apple's stated minimum system requirements for ML.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Nope. 10.7.5 is maximum version. It is not a mid/late 2007 model. That's the bottom for Mountain Lion.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    Accepted. Had more time to research this morning and all other sources agree with that.

    Looks like MacTracker needs an update.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    But that's where I got it.


    Screen Shot 2012-12-12 at 11.22.14 AM.png

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    My copy and paste above is from MacBook2.1.


    Just followed the 'latest OS' link through to the next page and it only goes as far as 10.7.2 though, so I think I must be missing an update somewhere.


    btw, your screenshot isn't appearing.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Yeah, I see about the image. A forum disaster.


    For a MacBook 2,1 (Mid-2007):


    Screen Shot 2012-12-12 at 4.00.38 PM.png


    For a MacBook Pro 2,1 (17" C2D):


    Screen Shot 2012-12-12 at 4.02.06 PM.png


    The Mid/Late 2007 is MacBook Pro 3,1 15" or 17" model that can run Mountain Lion. But neither of the above do.


    A MacBook must be Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer. MacBook Pros must be Mid/Late 2007.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    Just discovered why I've not been updated; the latest update won't play on anything earlier than 10.6.8.


    Looks like MT's usefulness to me is diminishing.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Or how Mountain Lion's usefulness is becoming greater. A matter of POV.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6

    Indeed. Mountain Lion is of no use at all to me.