Can I install El Capitan on Macbook A1181?

budgetcomputer

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Can I install El Capitan on Macbook A1181? It has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz processor with 2 GB RAM and 160GB HD. Is that the optimal OS for this machine?

Thanks for any info,
Steve
 

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Can I install El Capitan on Macbook A1181? It has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz processor with 2 GB RAM and 160GB HD. Is that the optimal OS for this machine?
Is that MacBook5,2? If yes then yes it will run El Capitan.

However, with a 160 GB HD and 2 GB RAM, it will be almost unusable. Way too slow. Minimum is 4 GB RAM with SSD. Luckily, those upgrades are not too expensive.

El Capitan will be the best OS... once you have 4-6 GB RAM (6 preferred) and an SSD installed. A cheap but adequate SSD might be something like the Kingston A400.

Edit:

OWC sells 4 GB for US$30 and 6 GB for $75. So while 6 GB is preferred, if you’re on a budget and your usage is light, then 4 GB might be OK. I have 8 GB on my 2.0 GHz aluminum MacBook5,1 though since it is better than 4 GB for multitasking. (The white plastic MacBook5,2 does not support 8 GB.)
 
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