just ordered a 2009 macbook pro off eBay

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    just ordered a 09 macbook pro off eBay core 2 duo 2gb ram 500gb hard drive how well will it run el capitan as and do modern basic school tasks like browsing youtube and such
     
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    I think with 2GB of RAM it will be a little slow. I would update to 4GB and I think it would be serviceable for the usage you described. If your disk storage needs are not great you can pop a 256GB SSD in there for around $80 and really speeds things up also.
     
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    yeah thats the plan except I'm going to put 8gb in and the ssd should make it a great system got it for a steal of a deal. might even get an optibay to keep using the 500gb hard drive with the sad not sure yet though
     
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    I had a late 2009 white MacBook about a month ago, and the SSD made a HUGE difference, it felt like night and day compared to the old HDD. With the SSD and the 8GB of RAM, the system will be snappy and simply perfect!
     
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    Sounds like an excellent choice to me. My mid-2009 Macbook Pro is still going strong! Only upgraded the RAM (8 gb), not the SSD, but even so it runs Yosemite very nicely. Haven't seen any need to go to El Capitan yet.
     
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    yeah I'm going to run el capitan and maybe a small snow leopard partition f or powerpc apps and game for kicks lol
     
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    I do not think you will be able to run PowerPC apps on a Intel MBP, but it is still a good MBP.
     
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    i have a mid-2009 13 inch pro.

    i put an ssd in there and 8gb of ram, and it runs el capitan like a champ. only complaint is the animations are a little slow, but for an average user they are completely unnoticeable, I'm just a stickler.

    but yeah great device if you put in an ssd
     
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    good to know definatly going to upgrade it but gotta suffer for a month with 2gb but its not the end of the world. i should be able to get by
     
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    here is an update i just got the machine in booted in the stock yosemite install the seller had on it to see if things worked they do. now installing el capitan things seem relatively snap. installing os x el capitan through a usb right now it seems like this mefchine will serve me just fine for school and the battery only has 35 cycles on it witch is nice
     

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