Late 13" 2009 Macbook revamp

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  1. Macinboss macrumors newbie

    Macinboss

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    So I just picked up a late 2009 MacBook model A1342 and I'm wondering if anyone knows a good resources for modifications.

    Just a quick example, something like removing the Optical Drive and adding a SSD in its place.

    Already upgraded the HD to a SSD and it's working great!! I might bump it up to 8GB of RAM but doesn't seem to be needed right now. Any other ideas? I was wondering if it'd be possible to add another fan to keep the machine cool, or an extended battery.

    Also, I found a case on Amazon but is there any site exclusively for retro Mac accessories?

    Thanks for any and all help :)
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 603

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    def bump up ram; you're at 4GB now? it's not enough these days, and 8 will make a difference. check out macsales.com, they may have something for the optical drive bay...
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    ifixit.com has instructions for adding the 2nd drive...if you need the space or want to have an onboard clone/backup.

    I'm not that sure about giving it 8GB RAM...I can't guarantee it would make that big of a difference in that model.

    I think I'd hold off on any upgrades until I'd used it a month or two as your judgement will be much better after seeing what it's good for.
     
  4. Macinboss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I was thinking. Nothing seems to be taxing it with the 4GB - at least not yet.

    Might add an additional drive in that optical drive space. Totally adding setting up an external GPU with it too
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    Will do, thanks for the recommendation!
     
  5. BarcelonaPaul Suspended

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    I have that model. I upgraded the RAM to 4 when Mavericks killed it :( I thought that 4GB of RAM was the maximum for that model?
    Just need a new battery foe mine as mines warped so much that it's sent the trackpad out!
     
  6. Macinboss thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It officially sipped with 4GB but it supports up to 6. Mactracker is a FANTASTIC app for that kind of info :)

    You can find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mactracker/id430255202?mt=12

    Yeah, the battery's max cycle count is 1000, anywhere near that it's a good idea to replace it, before it becomes exhausted.
     

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