Is my MacBook just too old to run Mavericks?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ValeSalvatierra, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. ValeSalvatierra macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2014
    Hey, I've had a MacBook 13" for a long time now. It prompted me to install Mavericks and I accepted, and now everything I do on it takes about twice as much time and is twice as likely to get stuck.

    My notebook is pretty old- late 2008. So basically I'm wondering if I've done anything wrong in the years I've been using it to explain the problems I'm having now, or if it's just too old, period. My computer use is pretty standard- Microsoft Office apps, web browsing on Chrome or Firefox, Skype... The most demanding apps I use frequently are IBM SPSS and Stata 12, and to use either of them I pretty much have to close everything else except maybe Chrome.

    AND I'll just leave this here in case it's useful for anyone that adresses my question:

    EtreCheck version: 1.9.11 (43) - report generated June 11, 2014 at 11:27:16 PM GMT-4

    Hardware Information:
    MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
    MacBook - model: MacBook5,1
    1 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores
    2 GB RAM

    Video Information:
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M - VRAM: 256 MB

    System Software:
    OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) - Uptime: 3 days 2:58:7

    Disk Information:
    FUJITSU MHZ2160BH FFS G1 disk0 : (160.04 GB)
    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
    Valen (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 159.18 GB (19.82 GB free)
    Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB


    USB Information:
    Apple Inc. Built-in iSight
    Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub
    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
    Apple, Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver

    Configuration files:
    /etc/hosts - Count: 14

    Mac App Store and identified developers

    Kernel Extensions:
    [kext loaded] com.rim.driver.BlackBerryUSBDriverInt (0.0.67) Support
    [not loaded] com.rim.driver.BlackBerryUSBDriverVSP (0.0.67) Support
    [not loaded] com.roxio.TDIXController (1.2) Support

    Startup Items:
    HWNetMgr: Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWNetMgr
    HWPortDetect: Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWPortDetect
    StartOuc: Path: /Library/StartupItems/StartOuc

    Launch Daemons:
    [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist Support
    [loaded] Support
    [running] com.rim.BBDaemon.plist Support
    [not loaded] org.eyebeam.SelfControl.plist Support

    Launch Agents:
    [failed] com.adobe.CS4ServiceManager.plist Support
    [running] com.rim.BBLaunchAgent.plist Support

    User Launch Agents:
    [loaded] com.facebook.videochat.[redacted].plist Support
    [loaded] Support

    User Login Items:
    Google Chrome
    BlackBerry Device Manager

    Internet Plug-ins:
    JavaAppletPlugin: Version: 14.9.0 - SDK 10.7 Check version
    FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: - SDK 10.6 Support
    QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
    Flash Player: Version: - SDK 10.6 Outdated! Update
    Default Browser: Version: 537 - SDK 10.9
    SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.0.0 Support
    Silverlight: Version: 5.1.20125.0 - SDK 10.6 Support
    iPhotoPhotocast: Version: 7.0

    Audio Plug-ins:
    BluetoothAudioPlugIn: Version: 1.0 - SDK 10.9
    AirPlay: Version: 2.0 - SDK 10.9
    AppleAVBAudio: Version: 203.2 - SDK 10.9
    iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.3 - SDK 10.9

    iTunes Plug-ins:
    Quartz Composer Visualizer: Version: 1.4 - SDK 10.9

    3rd Party Preference Panes:
    Déjà Vu Support
    Flash Player Support

    Time Machine:
    Auto backup: NO - Auto backup turned off
    Time Machine not configured!

    Top Processes by CPU:
    10% WindowServer
    6% Google Chrome
    2% hidd
    1% sysmond
    0% Dock

    Top Processes by Memory:
    102 MB Google Chrome
    53 MB Finder
    53 MB WindowServer
    29 MB Microsoft Word
    24 MB mdworker

    Virtual Memory Information:
    14 MB Free RAM
    554 MB Active RAM
    555 MB Inactive RAM
    383 MB Wired RAM
    15.75 GB Page-ins
    1.46 GB Page-outs

    (It's mostly gibberish to me)

    If anyone can provide some guidance, I'd appreciate it :)
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Your MacBook can run Mavericks perfectly fine, after you upgrade the RAM to 4GB (or even 8GB) and throw in a small SSD (perhaps a 250GB Samsung 840 Evo).

    The SSD will give a huge performance boost (i.e. booting up in just 10-15 seconds, instant app launching, less beach balls).
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I think if you freshly wipe the hard drive and reload it, the machine would feel much better in your usage. Sometimes when upgrading with special applications and usage, you have issues that are resolved with a fresh install.
  4. martosprint macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    I have a late 2007 iMac and updated the ram to 4 gigs and I installed Mavericks when it first came out and it works well.
  5. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    2GB and HDD.
    You're problems.

    Upgrade that baby to 8GB and swap the HDD with an SSD and you can squeeze another 3 years out of it.

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