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Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Are there any options for those of us who have older MacBooks (13-inch late 2007), who need to upgrade to a higher OS X version, but cannot because the latest version is incompatible?


I'm at the point now where some of the software I need to download will not run on 10.6.8. I did not upgrade to 10.7, and now I'm three versions behind. I cannot afford a new MacBook.

MacBook (13-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,235 points)

    You can still upgrade to OS X 10.7 Lion.

    system requirements for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.


    OS X Lion system requirements

    To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM

    If your Mac does not meet these requirements, you will need to upgrade your Mac before installing Lion.

    You can purchase an email code to download and install Lion from the Mac App Store.


    I would advise installing more RAM into your MacBook as versions of OS X after Snow Leoaprd really require, at least 4 GBs of RAM.

    Your MacBook year and model can take a total of 6 GBs of RAM.

    I'd advise purchasing and installing the full 6 GBs of RAM.

    Correct and reliable Mac RAM can be purchased from online Mac RAM sourceOWC (

    They are the only RAM seller that have the 6 GB RAM kit for your MacBook.

    Good Luck!

  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks... that's encouraging.


    I've been considering adding some RAM anyway, as performance is starting to lag.


    Obviously I will have to by a new MacBook -- or an iMac -- at some point. One of my biggest pet peeves with the entire computer industry is the race to continually upgrade, especially when developers work with the latest and greatest in both hardware and software, while us mere mortals try to make our systems last the better part of a decade.

  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmm. Just checked the Apple Store website... apparently memory is NOT available for my machine...

    3rd Gen, MacBook 2, 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
    Oh well.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (7,150 points)
  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,235 points)

    I referenced where you can find the 6 GB RAM Kit for your MacBook.

    OWC ( Apple is NOT going to have your RAM for your Mac. And even if they did, they charge 3 times the price for it!


    Find your MacBook Model and RAM and the 6 GB RAM kit here.


  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I checked out the link provided by petermac... I ordered a 4GB kit (budget is tight).

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  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (7,150 points)

    Happy Computing. Glad to help.





  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Memory arrived Friday... installed it today. Simple. And... it works!! performance has improved.
    Thanks again, everyone, for your suggestions!!

  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah... when the battery pack starting crapping-out (it began bulging, and affected the trackpad and mouse operation), I chose an aftermarket battery... been working just fine for  nearly a year now, and at a third of the price of a "branded" replacement.

  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    UPDATE -- I am STILL stuck in the past. RAM upgrade went great, machine is noticeably faster.


    Got my download code, entered it, and... "You computer is incompatible with this software."
    Apparently, I mis-read the list in the Tech Specs... I mid-2007 MacBook Pro IS compatible, but a plain-ol' MacBook is NOT.


    I now have a very fast but obsolete MacBook. Yay, me.

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,235 points)

    You did something wrong.

    Was this paid code  for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X 10.7 Lion?

    Yes, your Mac does NOT meet the minimum hardware requirements for OS X 10.8 Mt. Lion.

    However, your Mac should be able to run OS X 10.7 Lion.

    There is a very wide list of system and hardware requirements for running OS X 10.7 Lion.

    The requirements are based on speeds of CPUs and NOT specific, entire Mac hardware.

    You should be able to download and install this on your MacBook.

    Does your MacBook have an Intel Core2Duo CPU in it?

    To find out info about your system,

    click on the Apple symbol in the upper left of the OS X main menu bar. A drop down menu appears.

    Click About this Mac. A smaller popup window appears. This gives you basic info like what version of OS X your iMac is running, the speed of your iMac's CPU and how much RAM is installed.

    Click on the button that says More Info. A larger window appears giving you a complete overview of your iMac's hardware specs.

    Highlight all of this info and copy/paste all of this into another reply to this post, editing out your iMac's serial number before actually posting the reply.


    I had already gave you a link to OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Here it is one more time!

    You should be able to download this OS X version and install this on your MacBook.


  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,235 points)

    The maximum OS X version for your MacBook is OS X 10.7.5 Lion.

    The reason this may not be installing as you may need to run this update, first.


  • Ceolach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah,... I know how to do that, and I did that. I have a Duo Core 2, and I upgraded the RAM to 4GB (for $80). I had purchased the Mountain Lion 10.8, in the hopes of squeezing a few more years out of this machine, AND to be able to download some newer software, games, and apps.


    What happened was that I read the spec list wrong. I somehow mis-read "MacBook Pro (mid-2007)" and thought it said a plain MacBook. It really IS my mistake, I'm just tired of computer makers leaving a sizeable group of users behind as they race to bring out the latest and greatest in both hardware and software, and one-up each other in the battle for market share.


    I started with PCs, and not only had to upgrade software but do physical hardware upgrades over time, including CPUs and motherboards. Now with Apple the same things is happening... admittedly not as quickly as it did with PCs, but it is becoming more frequent.


    I'm just frustrated that computer makers forget that not everyone can afford to rush out and buy this week's latest offering, be it an OS or a computer. Sadly, because there ARE people who will camp out on the sidewalk for a week before a new release, the manufacturers cater to these eager early adopters.


    As for 10.7... I can't see that would make too much difference from 10.6.8. I'll just have to start saving for a new Mac... although I am giving thought to a less expensive alternative (like a Google nexxus) seeing as how whatever I buy will become obsolete within 5 years.

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