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Old Jan 20, 2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Identify This MacBook Pro?

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Are any of you able to identify the year that the following MacBook Pro was made? The following is ALL the information I have. I bought it off of ebay and now I'm wondering if I made a mistake. I can't afford a new one though...and I break things. It's for myself and some youth!

Macbook Pro 15" Aluminum w/webcam

120Gb Hard Drive

2Gb Memory

Airport Card

Power Cord

OS 10.6 Snow Leopard

Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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Thanks guys but these are all the specs I have. I don't actually have the laptop or the serial number. I just bought it off of ebay and it's in the mail. I wondered if you could tell from the picture and the specs combined...
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Looks like the Base 2007 model that includes:
  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-by-900 LCD display;
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
  • built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
    one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical digital audio;
  • Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:20 PM   #6
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Thank you! I hope I didn't make a mistake. I needed something while I save up for something new. It cost me $330. What do you say?
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:32 PM   #7
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I don't look at the 15's that much but it looks like a good deal to me and I believe since its a core 2 you should be able to install lion on it if you would want.

Congratulations on your purchase
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 10:38 PM   #8
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Thank you. This is my first laptop. Lion won't slow it down too much?
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Looks like the Base 2007 model that includes:
  • .......
It could even be a 1st gen core duo or the late 2006 core 2 duo (which is what I have). Either way, it's not a bad laptop at all. It's nothing amazing compared to today's technology, but it's certainly a great first laptop!
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Thank you. This is my first laptop. Lion won't slow it down too much?
I strongly believe it will, especially with 2GB RAM.
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Thank you. This is my first laptop. Lion won't slow it down too much?
I certainly wouldn't install Lion on it. You'll have too many problems for what its worth.
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If it's a C2D and can take 4GB RAM, upgrade that yourself and install Lion.

I did the upgrade on my 2007 MBP and Lion runs beautifully on it.
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If it's a C2D and can take 4GB RAM, upgrade that yourself and install Lion.

I did the upgrade on my 2007 MBP and Lion runs beautifully on it.
I agree. I wouldn't install Lion on anything with "only" 2 GB RAM on it. You need 4. Which is, of course, moronic that you need that much RAM to run the system and apps well.
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Which is, of course, moronic that you need that much RAM to run the system and apps well.
Isn't it? OS X needs to go on a serious diet.

That said, feed it enough RAM and Lion is quite spectacular, IMHO. With RAM being so inexpensive these days perhaps it doesn't matter.
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I wouldn't upgrade to Lion. It comes with SL, which is good enough as an operating system.

Upgrading to 4 GB of ram could be useful, but is not necessary. Good luck with the machine.
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I wouldn't upgrade to Lion. It comes with SL, which is good enough as an operating system.

Upgrading to 4 GB of ram could be useful, but is not necessary. Good luck with the machine.
If it is one of the early machines(2006 core duo) it already has maxed out RAM.
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I agree. I wouldn't install Lion on anything with "only" 2 GB RAM on it. You need 4. Which is, of course, moronic that you need that much RAM to run the system and apps well.
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Isn't it? OS X needs to go on a serious diet.

That said, feed it enough RAM and Lion is quite spectacular, IMHO. With RAM being so inexpensive these days perhaps it doesn't matter.
It's a scaling thing. Ram consumption increases slowed down when we started to really hit the 32 bit ceiling. Given that Lion is basically a full transition to 64 afaik that means addressing information in larger chunks. I don't actually like Lion, but ram requirements have very little to do with that.
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