7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2013 3:34 PM by BDAqua
DanBrownSAFC Level 1 (0 points)

I've got an old macbook 13" 2008 model which needs upgrading to 10.7 so that I can download and run both icloud and various CS6 software for a new client.


First question is can i upgrade straight to 10.7 without having to uprgrade to 10.6 first?


Secondly if I do manage to upgrade to 10.7 will I be able to run the required software? Some of the system requirements are as follows:

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7 (64 bit) or v10.8 (64 bit)
  • 1GB of RAM


But i'm unsure as to whether or not my macbook meets these requirements? Macbook spec:


Hardware Overview:


  Model Name:    MacBook

  Model Identifier:    MacBook4,1

  Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:    2.1 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    1

  Total Number Of Cores:    2

  L2 Cache:    3 MB

  Memory:    1 GB

  Bus Speed:    800 MHz


Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hi Dan,


    You'll really want more RAM if using those, & if you want 10.7/Lion, you have to call Apple for it, only 10.8 is availble normally after you install 10.6.8




    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.


    Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...



    It's been pulled from the online store & Apple Stores, so you have to call Apple to buy it, last I heard.


    Call Apple Sales...in the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273


    Other countries...



    10.6  install it & update to 10.6.8 so you have the App Store to buy & download the huge 10.8 Installer

  • DanBrownSAFC Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply.


    This particular job is just a few days work initially so I'm trying to minimise any expense as it'll not be cost effective; so, in essence as long as I upgrade the OS i should be able to run the relevant CS6 software? However for optimum performance though I should look in to upgrading the RAM. I just didn't want to go through the rigmarole of upgrading everything only to find out the machine wasn't capable of running CS6.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Well, here's Adobe's sys reqs...


    Mac OS

    • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
    • Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 3.2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
    • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)*
    • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.†

    * 3D features are disabled with less than 512MB of VRAM. Read the Help article.


    So you're going to be very short on the VRAM side...


    144 MB144 MB
    Details:Apple reports that "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB (an additional 16 MB is required when using an external display). This results in 880 MB of system memory available" with the default 1 GB installed.
    13.3" Widescreen1280x800


    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/macbook-core-2-duo-2.1-white -13-early-2008-penryn-specs.html


    Even if it would still run, it'd be like molasses in January just using the OS with i MB of RAM.

  • DanBrownSAFC Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help again. Personally do you think I should upgrade the RAM then? As i understand it the VRAM can't be uprgraded so i'm potentially still going to encounter running problems / or should I just bite the bullet and accept it's probably time to upgrade to a newer macbook?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Well, I don't even know if tyou can run CS6 with that little VRAM at all, but if you were going to attempt it, you'd really want to max out the RAM to 6 GB.


    Money is tight for most of us, but I think I'd have to wait for a newer MacBook.

  • DanBrownSAFC Level 1 (0 points)

    Just to let you know I decided to splash out on a new machine after all, thanks for your help!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Great to hear, have fun, & good luck!