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Old Jun 16, 2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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Help with Macbook and CS4

Hi, I'm a Graphic Designer and new to the forums. My most heavily-used applications are Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I'm currently using a MacBook 2,1 and a friend offered to let me use their MacBook 5,2 2009 model (full specs below). My current 2,1 is having difficulty multi-tasking, so I'm looking to upgrade.

So, I was wondering what I can do to maximize the MacBook 5,2's capabilities (i.e. scratch disk, processor speed, graphics card, etc) so it is optimized for CS4 and multi-tasking? What should/shouldn't I upgrade?

D) Any other tips, suggestions, warnings, reviews, of CS4 (or Adobe in general) on MacBook 5,2?

Thank you so much!

Current Specs:

Hardware Overview:
Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook5,2
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

Disc Burning:
HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS22N:
Firmware Revision: CP08
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
FireWire:
FireWire Bus:
Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec

Graphics/Displays:
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M:
Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Type: Display
Bus: PCI
VRAM (Total): 256 MB
Displays:
Color LCD:
Resolution: 1280 x 800
Depth: 32-Bit Color
Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported
Built-In: Yes
Display Connector:
Status: No Display Connected
Memory:
Memory Slots:
ECC: Disabled
BANK 0/DIMM0:
Size: 1 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz
BANK 1/DIMM0:
Size: 1 GB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Power:
Battery Information:
Charge Information:
Charge remaining (mAh): 2256
Fully charged: No
Charging: Yes
Full charge capacity (mAh): 3768
Health Information:
Cycle count: 903
Condition: Fair
Battery Installed: Yes
Amperage (mA): 2549
Voltage (mV): 11964

Serial-ATA:
NVidia MCP79 AHCI:
Vendor: NVidia
Product: MCP79 AHCI
Speed: 3 Gigabit
Description: AHCI Version 1.20 Supported
FUJITSU MHZ2120BH FFS G1:
Capacity: 111.79 GB
Model: FUJITSU MHZ2120BH FFS G1
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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I would suggest upgrading the RAM to the maximum it will support (4 GB?). It would also see a big performance boost if you installed a 256 GB SSD drive. The 3G SSD models from OWC are getting more affordable and the SSD drive will provide a very significant speed-up for launching and multitasking CS4 apps.

Not sure what else you could do as the rest is pretty much non-upgradeable.
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Old Jun 17, 2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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thank you for your suggestions!
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