2008 Unibody w 8GB & SSD - Will it run Mavericks?

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  1. sinktip macrumors member

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    2008 Unibody MacBook 2.0GHz 8GB RAM with 240GB SSD
    Will it run Mavericks well?
    This thing is a tank. It has really been beat to hell; dented, dropped (multiple times on pavement, down stairs etc) , optical was destroyed, HD replaced with SSD and new battery last year, but it still runs like a dream. Boots fast and never hiccups. Runs Adobe CS5 like nothing.
    I keep hearing from friends that their (mostly newer) machines have more OS features than mine, and I am thinking of upgrading, but it would really burn me to mess up a great running machine.
    What is the newest version of OS I could safely run and have it remain stable?
    Grant
    White Rock, BC
     
  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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  3. cypriot macrumors regular

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    Mine runs mavericks and yosemite is supported. I dont have the courage to try right now but i guess it will work great if apple didnt put anything in there to slow down old hardware purposefully.

    Mavericks is the best os i tried on this laptop.
     
  4. RITmusic2k macrumors member

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    I'm spec'd out exactly as you are - late 2008 unibody w/8GB ram and SSD (a new addition, actually). I've been on the Yosemite beta all summer back when I still had the original HDD, and it ran without any issue. Only feature I can't use is Continuity because our bluetooth antennas aren't BTLE compatible.
     
  5. c1phers macrumors regular

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    Mavericks is running fine on my MBU Alum (late 2008) It does get a little slow during certain functions, but otherwise it works.

    Not sure if I want to try Yosemite.
     
  6. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    You definitely don't want. I installed it on my spare Macbook White (8GB, SSD) and it doesn't show anything interesting for old Macs. Window management is also a bit buggy with the merging of maximize+fullscreen functions.

    The user-interface looks a bit lame (GUI elements are bigger and unecessarily flat or non-polished). Yosemite is a major redesign on GUI elements (although usability remains the same) and a minor redesign on internals (except the signed kext drivers, whose measure prevents malwares, but also custom drivers, like TRIM-enabler or custom CUDA packages for old GPUs).
     
  7. RITmusic2k macrumors member

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    Does this mean TRIM might be enabled by default in Yosemite?
     
  8. Vicivanruiz macrumors newbie

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    I have installed Yosemite on mine and it run's great! I have 6GB RAM and Hybrid HDD!
     
  9. KYUSS123 macrumors member

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    Sorry to jump on this post but... I have a late 2008 MacBook MB466 LLA, I thought 4GB of Ram was the maximum supported?
    How can I get 8GB in mine?
    I currently have 2x2GB of crucial RAM installed.
    Thanks
     
  10. RITmusic2k macrumors member

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    Apple released an EFI update which effectively "unlocks" 8GB RAM support in the early macbooks - follow the instructions on this page to determine your machine's appropriate updates (links to the updates are provided on the page as well):

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1237
     
  11. keema macrumors member

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    Sorry to ask the question here. But, what model of ram do you guys use if it's 8gb? single piece or dual? what mhz?

    thanks,
    Christian
     
  12. RITmusic2k macrumors member

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  13. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    It should run fine. I have a 2010 MB Unibody that w/8GB RAM that ran Mavericks pretty well (I'm on Yosemite now, and it runs Yosemite pretty well also).
     
  14. rmackner macrumors member

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    OSX 10.10 has the same system requirements as 10.9.
     

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