2009 and older Macbook/Macbook Pros: Mavericks experience?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by zipster, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. zipster macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2011
    I have a mid-2009 Macbook Pro (running Snow Leopard) and am really curious about upgrading to Mavericks. Has anyone experienced any slowdowns or anything detrimental after upgrading?

    I'm specifically looking for people with 2009 and older Macs, but anyone can chime in.

  2. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    What are the exact specs of the processor, ram, and graphics card?
  3. InfinitiG macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    everything runs smoothly on my 08 macbook

    definitely runs quicker, cooler, than ML

    I did notice my first glitch in safari
    no glitches in mavericks so far
  4. zipster thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2011
    2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  5. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2009
    i have the lowest model 15" from mid 2010. i've gotten really significant battery life increase on mavericks compared to mtn lion and a lot of everyday things like boot time and app start time seem faster. everything else works as it should, and i like a lot of the changes that were made.
  6. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Just finished updating my late'08/early'09 MBP. So far, it appears to be running fine. I don't see any lag or slowdowns that weren't present in 10.8. My model does have a dedicated 9600GT graphics card and also upgraded the hard drive to a ssd. So, your mileage may vary.
  7. msuman macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Got a late 08 MBP 15" with 4gb ram. It's a little slow at first but I think that may be from the indexing of spotlight (that's still going on, since about 4 hours ago).

    Thankfully I am going to buy the new rMBP 15" this week. :D
  8. snsd macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Mine has the same specs but with 8GB of ram and ssd. I did a clean install yesterday and everything has been working great. Battery life seems to improve a little bit on Mavericks compared to Mountain Lion.
  9. Mac.User macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    My brother is enjoying it on his Alu MacBook.
  10. bluespaceoddity macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    Upgraded directly over Mountain Lion. Download and installation smooth. Haven't noticed any issues *.

    June 2009
    2.8 GHz
    8 GB

    * Personally I prefer the previous versions of Numbers and Pages - which were fortunately preserved through the respective iWork updates and continue to work - but that's a slightly different topic.
  11. iPcdebb macrumors member


    Feb 26, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I have an early 2008 Macbook (white) that I'm curious about. Supposedly I'm able to upgrade, but I probably should upgrade my memory since i'm only running 2GB right now.
  12. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Running great on my MacBook 5,1. I've upgraded the ram and hard drive though.
  13. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    So the model right before mine? It should run beautifully! Even better than Lion or Mountain Lion! And if for some reason it starts to get too slow or you just want to make it faster to make the machine last you longer, you still have the ability to max out your ram to 8GB!
  14. Nx5user macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Mid 2009 17" MBP 8gb ram 2tb hard drives

    Use this mainly for video and photo editing. Updated to Mavericks and now it will not even playback an apple web site video without stuttering badly. Was working great prior.
  15. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    late 2008 macbook pro 2.4ghz 4gb with Data doubler... I did a dual boot I install Mavericks on my data doubler drive with 7200rpm... It runs smoothly, as smooth as my mountain lion on the main drive.:cool:
  16. Nx5user macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Problem seems to be with quicktime

    I've been playing some of my .mov files. Quicktime will barely play,
    Quicktime 7 will play normal. When I look for software updates, Maverick's does not show installed status from the app store. Everything but quicktime seems to be ok.
  17. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    I have the same machine as you do OP, and I am experiencing lagging with scrolling PDFs in preview as well as web pages in Safari. I also am seeing my HDD space slowly decrease, which I am guessing are page outs being created... but this I am unsure about. So just be cautious with your decision.
  18. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2012
    October 2008 Macbook Pro 15in 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Mavericks seriously gave my mac back it's life. I thought ML was great because I was accustomed to it but Mavericks is definitely running smoother than ML. Same for the IOS 7.0.3 update. Gave my iPhone 5 and iPad 3 life. (iPad 3 still a little sluggish but better than the last update in IOS 7). Apple has me happy...for now
  19. libertysat macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    Mid '09 MBP with 2.53 C2D
    I put in a SSD a while back

    (best $400 I spent - 8 gigs ram & SSD)

    My MBP was plenty fast on 10.8
    I see no speed difference with 10.9
    Simply plenty for what I want to do - go for it...
  20. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Late '08 MBP, 2.4 C2D, 8GB ram, 1tb hybrid drive. So far, so good, this may be the OS to get me off SL.
  21. applefan97 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2013
    I also have the mid-2009 model and I also upgraded from Snow Leopard,Overall the Mac feels a bit laggy and there's a decrease in Battery life,not sure If I am the only one experiencing it.

    And also,mines i5,so can't say about Macs with i7.
  22. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
  23. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I have a 2009 MacBook (last of the white plastic!) - 2Ghz C2D, 6Gb RAM.
    It runs Mavx beautifully. Battery life is massively improved: I'm getting at least an hour extra for basic tasks.
  24. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    I got to agreed on 7.0.3 it is way smoother than 7.0.2

    And I have the same specs as your laptop 2008 pro... I install it on my Data Doubler drive so I can dual boot... Mountain Lion and Mavericks, on my main drive ML and OWC Data doubler Mavericks. The reason for dual booth I am afraid that my Machine will be sluggish on Mavericks and I can always fall back to the previous OS. But I got to say it is running smoothly as butter. No hiccups come to think of it it is installed on a Data Doubler. Or maybe because it is a clean install
  25. Hephaestus macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2010
    Runs perfectly on my 2009 MBP, I have 2.66GHz and 8GB RAM. It's faster than SL, I've experienced no slowdown and its overall extremely snappy with smooth animations. I'd definitely recommend it.

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