13" Air 2,1 OS recommendations

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by elf69, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. elf69 macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #1
    My fiancee has a 13" a1304 air.

    1.6GHz 2GB RAM and 120GB HDD.

    she upgraded to el Capitan and it slow as hell.

    Whats owners recommendation on which OSX to run on it?

    It works but mega slow, hell it an old machine so not expecting performance out of it.

    Can it be sped up or are we flogging a dead horse?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2015
    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    #2
    It is a late 2008, so I would recommend OS 10.8.5.
     
  3. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #3
    biggest question can 10.8.5 talk to iphone SE?

    she has an SE and ipad air 2

    we bought the air only due to fact her windows ten convertible would not talk to her iphone.

    she has seen a 2010 2.13GHz 2GB ram, air is this big enough upgrade to run el capitan/sierra?

    I dont have 10.8.5 so going have buy that as only got 10.6.8 disc
     
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Location:
    Between the coasts
    #4
    You might pull this out of the hat without rolling back. Some housecleaning may be in order in areas like login items, startup items, kexts, etc. Run etrecheck and see what it finds.
     
  5. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #5
    nothing in login items.
    I know windows had msconfig to turn off startup items, does osx have similar?

    will look at etrecheck.
     
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Location:
    Between the coasts
    #6
    You'll need at least 10.9.5 to run current versions of iTunes, and that'll be required for anything running iOS 10.

    2 GB RAM has been the technical minimum since 10.8 (still is for Sierra) - more, obviously, would be better.

    If you have 10.6.8 installed, you can upgrade to El Capitan for free, using a link in this support article: https://support.apple.com/HT206886
    --- Post Merged, Mar 7, 2017 ---
    For what Etrecheck finds, you have to go into the System folder and remove the items manually.
     
  7. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #7
    the air is currently running el cap, but badly.

    It is very very slow.

    plus has a zif hdd not SSD so that not really going help either.
     
  8. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Location:
    Between the coasts
    #8
    I run El Cap on an early 2008 iMac, with 5 GB RAM (a 4 GB stick, and a 1 GB) and the original HDD. It doesn't run great, but it still runs better than it ran 3 years ago, when it would have been running either Mountain Lion or Mavericks (my memory fades). It was my test machine for the Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan betas. Etrecheck was a huge help - much of what it found was due to old versions of Adobe apps (Adobe is known for adding this kind of stuff).
     
  9. elf69, Mar 8, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2017

    elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #9
    I have a 2007 imac running el capitan with 6GB ram runs well actually.

    Running etrecheck now.

    UPDATE:

    Finished scan, not sure what to do now.
    Says insufficient ram. is red.
     
  10. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #10
    Is it worth buying a lif ssd?

    HW monitor app shows no ram bottle neck.

    so is it the hdd?

    as cpu and ram seem ok in monitor app.
     
  11. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #11
    Well after tweaking and emptying the cashes and running ccleaner.

    gained 3.2GB HDD space.

    I found machine still slow but gave it back to my fiancee who said it much faster, go figure :rolleyes:

    So she happy for now but will save up and get a newer model in future.

    thanks for everyones help
     

Share This Page