Give a Unibody macbook a boost

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by comda, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. comda macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011

    My moms friend owns a 2010 Unibody macbook that she just updated to Yosemite. Its extremely slow! Her husband wants her to buy a new one but i suggested giving it a 4gb Ram stick as looking at istats it only has 50mb Free Ram of wiggle room with it on idle. CPU usage is very low.

    So if i have it a 4gb DDr3 stick plus the 1gb thats already in there (it has 2gb 1gb stick times 2) giving it 5GB of ram would that give it the proper boost?
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    I'd definitely bump up the RAM to at least 6 GB and maybe look into an SSD. I upgraded my MacBook with an SSD last month and it's worked wonders.
  3. Thalesian macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    First, go with 8 gigs ram - two sticks of 4gb. That will do a lot.

    For extra credit, get an SSD and replace the existing HDD with that. If she doesn't use the optical drive, you can use OWC to swap it out with the HDD for more storage space.
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    I would suggest doing these:

    -Do a clean install of Yosemite (download from app store and then make a usb stick installer using the third party program called "DiskMaker X"...DiskMaker X

    -After doing a clean install,turn off "transparency"......Open System Preferences and go to Accessibility. Next, select Display from the source list along the left, then check the box labelled “Reduce transparency.” Checking this box will eliminate gratuitous transparency from the menubar and menus, the Dock, and application windows.

    Then as $$$ permit's....

    -Upgrade ram to at least 4 gig's

    -Upgrade the harddrive to a SSD
  5. comda thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    I offered to even do a clean install of Mavericks over Yosemite. NO affense to all yosemite Users but i dont like it.

    And with a 4gb stick plus one of the two current ones it will have 5GB. I think thats more then good enough. This lady does nothing on it but email and the web i figure some RAM will be enough.

    She doesnt want an SSD. lol

    Thanks for the replies guys!

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