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Help with Macbook and CS4

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by maclovesmacs, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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:
    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 Bus:
    Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec

    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M:
    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCI
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    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 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
    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

    NVidia MCP79 AHCI:
    Vendor: NVidia
    Product: MCP79 AHCI
    Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.20 Supported
    Capacity: 111.79 GB
    Model: FUJITSU MHZ2120BH FFS G1
  2. macrumors member

    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. ;)
  3. macrumors newbie

    thank you for your suggestions!

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