Late 2007 MBP OS 10.6.8 - upgrade to Mavericks?

Macinthelou

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My wife has a late 2007 MBP (3,1 model) running OS 10.6.8. I would like to upgrade the OS so she can use iCloud from her computer. Should I upgrade it to Mavericks? Or will there be performance issues?

Thanks!
 

Hepatical

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My 2007 late MBP runs Mavericks perfectly fine and smooth. I upgraded it with 6GB of RAM and an SSD but I can definitely imagine using it stock with 10.9.
 

chrfr

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OS 10.8 "Mountain Lion" might be the better upgrade...
Mountain Lion uses more RAM and is far less optimized for portable computers than Mavericks. It wouldn't make sense to buy Mountain Lion at this point.
 

Lucky736

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Mavericks would be the better choice as it definitely manages resources better, like someone mentioned. I would go with no less than 4GB of RAM though. 6GB is nice, however these chips seem to be on an uphill climb lately, the single DDR2 4GB sticks to make the 6GB mark, so I don't know if it would be cost effective or not but the 2GB sticks, 2x2GB for a total of 4GB, are still reasonable and easy to find.
 

infernoguy

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Try Lion if you can get your hands on it. Seems to run better on my spare 2009 White MacBook (4GB RAM/128 GB SSD) than ML or Mavericks.
 

Macinthelou

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So...I have votes for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. Can someone give me a consensus? ;)
 

chrfr

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Mavericks is free, the others aren't. Take a full backup, upgrade to Mavericks and see how it works for you. If you don't like how it works, just restore your backup.
 

Macinthelou

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Yosemite?

OK so I was just about ready to upgrade to Mavericks, and now Yosemite has come out. Should I go right to Yosemite now?
 

Eithanius

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OK so I was just about ready to upgrade to Mavericks, and now Yosemite has come out. Should I go right to Yosemite now?
My setup is a dual-partition - one on SL on main partition, the secondary on Yosemite for testing purposes...

For now nothing beats SL...


2010 MBP 15"
 

GeoFan49

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If you want iCloud features, yes, I would go straight to Yosemite now and just skip Mavericks.
Thanks @ Weaselboy. I was wondering about updating my MBP (mid-2009, with 8GB) from Snow Leopard to Mavericks or go directly to Yosemite. I think I will get a new hard drive, do a clean install with Yosemite, make a flash drive installer for future use, and try it out. Boot externally to Yosemite or internally to Snow Leopard — for a week or two — then cut over if all is well. I suppose that I will also need to retire my external 2GB time machine backup for a new one?
 
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jimthing

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The problems are:

(1) Is Yosemite stable enough?
(2) Where can you get Mavericks from, as not in MAStore anymore?
(3) Can you restore from a backup (should do, as making b-up before any upgrade is standard practice!).

Given (2), I'd jump on Yo and take the punt it works ok. If fails, then do (3), and try to solve (2) by sourcing an instal version from somewhere non-MAS.
 

Weaselboy

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Thanks @ Weaselboy. I was wondering about updating my MBP (mid-2009, with 8GB) from Snow Leopard to Mavericks or go directly to Yosemite. I think I will get a new hard drive, do a clean install with Yosemite, make a flash drive installer for future use, and try it out. Boot externally to Yosemite or internally to Snow Leopard — for a week or two — then cut over if all is well. I suppose that I will also need to retire my external 2GB time machine backup for a new one?
That sounds like a good plan. Yes, you would want to start a new backup with Yosemite.
 

sherry.1953

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I am totally confused and apparently illiterate. Everything I try to download needs 10.7 or more but my system wnt let medo this
 

CoastalOR

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I am totally confused and apparently illiterate. Everything I try to download needs 10.7 or more but my system wnt let medo this
I need more information in order to try and help.
What model/year Mac do you have?
Are you trying/unable to upgrade to OS 10.7 or is the problem that 3rd party software requires OS 10.7 to run?
 
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