Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Explicit Content, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Explicit Content macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2015

    Are there anyone who still uses Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro?

    Would it work OK on El Capitan? How much battery usage do you get? He will primarily use it for web browsing and office programs.

    Thank you.
  2. cannondale11 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    I have a 2009 running C2D, currently running El Capitan, web browsing and office/iwork works fine (Fine means it' not slow to drive you mad), I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a SSD, if you haven't done so already it might be a good idea.
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Noticeably slower than a new one but they still work fine
  4. Explicit Content thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2015
    @cannondale11 Thank you for your reply! I think ssd and doubling the ram is huge difference and i think i need some basic c2d macbook pro owners' opinion. Right now i am not able to afford any upgrade.

    @robvas Thank you for your reply! What is your overall point out of 10?

    I need more opinions.
  5. jdasikainen macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2016
    Bald Knob Arkansas
    i just got my c2d 13 inch 2009 model in today
    c2d 2.53ghz
    2gb ddr3 1066 mhz ram
    nvidia 9400m 256mb
    500 gb 7200 rpm drive
    il say this upgrade your ram. the 2gb that came in mine is crazy bad iv already ordered an 8gb kit to replace it and like they said above an ssd would be beneficial as well. but other then the ram issue it is a nice fast machine even with a standard hard drive but then again iv never used an ssd before.
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    There is a wide range of MacBook Pro with Core2Duo.
    If you could find out what processor your friend has, that will help decide what you can do for upgrades.
    The oldest C2D can not upgrade past 10.7.5, and are limited to 3GB of RAM maximum.
  7. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Not being able to afford upgrades, would really kill the value of the machine, IMHO. My old C2D MBP is being used by the misses. She is not a power user, but the machine was really slow on Mavericks, with an HDD. I can only imagine how bad El Capitan would be, on a C2D, without an SSD.
  8. msh macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    I have an early '08 MBP upgraded to 4 GB ram and an SSD. Unfortunately it appears that El Cap is not compatible with the trackpad on this model. Under El Cap I get a cursor freeze for 2 sec every 30 secs or so. There is another fix pack in beta but don't know whether it addresses this bug.
  9. mattDC5R macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Perth, W.Aust now Austin, TX
    I still use my 09 MBP, 2.8Ghz C2D in it. Its running El Cap fine.
    Im not really a power user, the hardest work it does is run Windows in VMWare fusion, it has 8Gb RAM in it, which all gets used with Windows running. Its got a 7200rpm drive in it, which helped though may do a optibay conversion with an SSD in it as well.

    Really it ticks along fine. I did a training course that needed Windows laptops recently, for a 7 year old computer i had far less issues than some that ran out and bought cheap windows computers just for the course.
  10. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I'd say its about a 6. If you have one already, keep it. But unless you are on a tight budget or can get a really nice one for $200-$300 I wouldn't buy one.

    I was using my 15.4" mainly for a second screen to stream stuff and for downloads. But for day to day stuff I preferred the speed and battery life of my 2013.

    However, if it was my only computer it wouldn't be the end of the world. Still did everything I needed it to do.
  11. Explicit Content thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2015
  12. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I wouldn't use any Mac on a recent version of OS X without a SSD.
  13. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    Still using a late 2008 C2D MBP, 8Gb ram, 7200rpm HD, El Capitan. In terms of an older laptop, it's just fine. In terms of today's available technology (even a base model MacBook) it's an absolute slug and I'm looking forward to finally replacing it.

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