Black mac book. Advice needed please

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Soogs, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Soogs macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2014
    Hey all.

    Thinking about getting one of these with the hopes of running 10.7 and windows 7

    Specs are 2 or 2.1x ghz c2d
    2gb memory
    120/160gb hd

    I think they're late 2007 models.

    Will be used for general purpose. Office/media player. Nothing intense like encoding.

    Is it a feasible idea?


  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You should be able to get about one more years worth of good use out of that before it starts to fall behind in terms of Mac OS X. The late-2007 and early-2008 models are better because they can take 6GB of memory and have the slightly better GPU, but they are still limited to a maximum of Mac OS X 10.7.
  3. Soogs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2014
    Thank you for replying.

    Do you think I'll have issues of I stay with 10.7 past a year?
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The biggest problems you'll notice are incompatibility with newer apps or features. The one you won't notice are security vulnerabilities that won't be patched on an older outdated system like Lion.
  5. Soogs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2014
    Thanks. I think that's exactly what I needed to realise.

    Will hold off and go for a newer model :)
  6. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    It depends on your use case.

    Office work, fine. Internet use could be a problem. Plugins will reach the stage where the updated versions will not be supported on that OS. Having said that, Safari is HTML5 compliant.

    Also bear in mind that you will not have security updates.

    If your budget can stretch to an Early '09 whitebook or an '08 unibody MacBook, then you can upgrade all the way to Yosemite when it's released.

    They'll also allow memory upgrades beyond 2GB and have better graphics capability (nVidia 9400M).

    NB the Late '07/Early '08 officially only supports 2GB (although they will show 3GB with 2x 2GB DIMMS)
  7. Soogs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2014
    I only wanted the black mac book as it's the one now retro thing I never got around to getting lol.

    I'll look into the models you mentioned though.

    Cheers :)
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    I would not advise purchasing a machine that is too old to run Mavericks, even if there is no current plan to run Mavericks. When I get machines to refurbish, I personally will not purchased them older than 2010 models. You can get a 2010 white 13" Macbook for $300-350 on ebay. Then you can decide if you want to expand memory to 4GB or 8GB, replace the HD with a SSD, and maybe replace the battery (depending on what is reported in System Report.

    OS X Mavericks: System Requirements
    Learn about the system requirements for OS X Mavericks.

    To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:

    iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
    MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
    MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
    MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
    Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
    Xserve (Early 2009)
    Your Mac also needs:

    OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed
    2 GB or more of memory
    8 GB or more of available space

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