Early 08 MBP and VM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mgsnat75, May 31, 2016.

  1. mgsnat75 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I recently (and cheaply) acquired an early 08 MBP. It is the 17in model with 2.6ghz C2D and 4gb RAM. I also upgraded the HDD to SSD and its night and day difference in speed. Now, I want to run VM of Windows but i am not sure it will run ok with just 4gb of RAM. Would going 6gb or 8gb improve the performance? I am well aware of how old the system is and have heard that 8gb will not work. Has anyone tried it? I am just using this system for basic use. Thanks!
     
  2. Romanesq macrumors 6502a

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    You can run 6GB of RAM in total. 8GB is not addressable in the early 2008 Penryn Macbook Pros.
    You'll need to run it uneven with a 4GB and 2GB RAM chip. It will be useful however to add the 2GB RAM.

    Not as big a deal as the SSD as that makes the machine faster and with the updated OS, runs better than new.
     
  3. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    +1

    Mavericks or greater for the benefits of compressed memory.
     
  4. mgsnat75 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the advice! Now I plan on installing windows 10 64bit. Boot camp on these machines support up to 7 64bit but I did the upgrade and ran windows 10 ok. If I wanted to run parallels, what settings should I keep it at with only 6gb of ram?
     
  5. duervo macrumors 68000

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    Make sure you keep an eye on the fans in that thing. That generation has one of those prone-to-fail dGPU issues with it. You won't want any fan to die, as that will all but guarantee the fateful dGPU failure.

    I'd even buy a couple now if I could, so that I'd have spares on hand. At least a single of each (left and right), because if those are the original fans in it, they will die sooner rather than later.
     
  6. mgsnat75 thread starter macrumors member

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    Noted. I have a friend who can fix it if that were to happen. I also have a 2007 15in MBP with that issue and he was able to fix it at his buddies shop no problem.
     

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