Early Macbook 2008 White need help w/os install

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  1. Ivanfrost macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    i recently got a early 2008 macbook white. It has 4 gb of Ram

    I replaced the battery with a new battery and upgraded the hard drive to an SSD also put a 750gb with the cdbay conversion.

    I have been looking for a way over the past couple of weeks to install Yosemite or Mavericks or some OS but no success,

    Whats the best way to put a new install OS on this i am completely stuck.

    Thanks so much for your help on this!
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    I have that exact model Macbook.
    You will remain stuck, because the highest (newest) system that is supported on your 2008 MacBook is Lion (OS X 10.7.5).
    You can do one other upgrade, and that's to change out on of the 2GB sticks for 4GB - to give you a maximum of 6GB. That can be helpful if you decide to upgrade to Lion.
     
  3. Ivanfrost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess a lot of people have tried to upgrade this macbook to mavericks and yosemite but i guess its just problem some?

    How can i get lion?
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    The major reason that you can't upgrade to 10.8 and beyond, is the integrated graphics chip is not supported (the X3100), and there is not a good method to get around that.

    Lion is easy...
    You can purchase Lion directly from Apple. http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion
    ... $20 ...
    You get a redemption code that you would use to download the Lion installer from the App Store.
    You will need to be running at least Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) to use the App Store for downloading Lion.
    Make a backup copy of the installer before you install it, so you can have other options, such as making your own Lion installer flash drive to keep (the installer app deletes itself after the install completes. You can simply download it again, but saving the app also saves the download time :D )
     
  5. ZacUSNYR macrumors regular

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    There is a thread on here for using an app called MLPostFactor to get Mountain Lion installed (which can still run 32bit kexts with a hack). I've been tempted to try it on my whitebook.

    I just did a fresh Lion install on a Crucial 128gb SSD after replacing a wire in the inverter cable to fix the screen going out randomly. It's still a great little machine and runs Lion with no problem with the faster disk.
     

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