Early MBP 08: Best OS?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by legaleye3000, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    I put Mountain Lion on and it takes forever to boot and seems kinda slow... Would you downgrade to Lion or even Snow Leopard? Which one will make it run better?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Snow Leopard is pretty fast. Get more RAM or perhaps replace your optical drive with an SSD as I recommended in your other thread.
     
  3. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I already upgraded to a 7200 rpm hd. Is ssd that much faster? Also, I don't need a lot of space, so I would probably just replace my 7200 hd with a ssd if its worth it.

    Regarding the OS, you think I'll get better performance downgrading to snow leopard? Thanks.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    An SSD will make it seem like new. If you need space the 750GB Seagate Momentus XT isn't bad.
     
  5. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    150gb would probably be fine... What should I look for when looking for a ssd? Does snow leopard support ssd? Thanks.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    A SSD is a lot faster. Think of the HDD as taking a slow tractor and the SSD as a high speed train.

    With your computer, I would suggest a Samsung 470. It's a good SSD.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Just remember that all SSDs have different speeds, which means you might find one that costs hundreds of dollars more than another when they both have the same amount of storage capacity - But even one of the slower SSDs would still be a big improvement over a regular HDD :)
     
  8. ibd macrumors member

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    I would heavily suggest snow leopard. It's a very slim os, my favourite os x to date, less bloated than ML. Runs really well on an early '08 MBP.

    The only downside is maybe that ssd support is worse than on newer systems.
     
  9. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So if I downgrade to snow leopard, am I going to have a problem with a ssd?
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Snow Leopard was the best performer on mine in my opinion.

    Edit: No you will not have any problem with an SSD. You could stick an SSD in a 10 year old computer and it'd work fine. It's just a regular old hard drive, simply faster.
     
  11. legaleye3000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I heard that you need Trim support for better performance and maybe snow leopard doesn't support it...?
     
  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Yes. I use it on the last MBP model that allowed it (Early 2011). Prior to that it was on a 2008 whitebook. Even on newer machines Mountain Lion is crap IMO.

    My SSD gives me an 11 second boot with Snow Leopard. While most will say just "sleep" the machine I need every millivolt of juice I can get between stops during the day. (Speaking of which, I can get 7 hours + using SL and only 5 if I'm lucky in ML).

    I know SL is terminal and will die one day but until my machine craps out I'll stay with it.
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    TRIM isn't an absolute necessity, especially since most SSD's controllers now do quite a decent job at garbage collection.
     

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