Legacy Macs not supported: Are you worried? What's your plan?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Glassed Silver, Feb 16, 2012.


Are you affected and if so, how, what's your plan?

  1. Not affected - not worrying

    143 vote(s)
  2. Not affected - worrying for someone else

    39 vote(s)
  3. Affected - not worrying (Why? e.g. Upgrading anyway?)

    25 vote(s)
  4. Affected - worrying, but will stick to Lion then :/

    18 vote(s)
  5. Affected - want to get it either way - hacking it will be!

    20 vote(s)
  6. Affected - want to get it - but don't think a hack will be a smooth solution

    17 vote(s)
  1. Glassed Silver, Feb 16, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012

    Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Heya guys,

    so... ML will drop support for GMA X3100/950 and ATi X1600 Macs...

    Are you worried?
    Are you affected?
    What's your plan?
    Do you think it will be hacked to run on older machines?

    I'm not affected, but worry for my fiancé...
    I'd might hack it onto her system, if that will be possible, but I fear it might not be a very smooth thing to maintain. (think updates and the hoops hackingtoshers sometimes have to jump through)

    Glassed Silver:mac
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    It looks like my mother's Mac is too old to support Mountain Lion. I, however, do not have any Macs too old to support ML.
  3. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    A friend who i got to switch in 2007 will not be able to upgrade. She is still rocking a White MacBook but alas it has a GMA 950 and is therefore SOL.
  4. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2009
    Caracas, Venezuela
    My white 13" MacBook (2008) has been acting weird lately... dvd not always working, screen turning off, etc... I was already waiting for this summer for the new MacBook Pro's to come out, and now that I know that ML is coming out this summer, it means it's going to be launched alongside with new Macs!

    the final push for my decision is seeing that my MacBook has been listed among the non-compatible devices for ML.

    15" MacBook Pro (Ivy Bridge) w/ Mountain Lion, here I come!!
  5. q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    For those who have little option with their Mac's there is always the Hackintosh option
  6. JurassicJon macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I think Mountain Lion is going to be the last OS X version my iMac is going to see.
  7. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    I have a new Mini which won't be affected, but my 2006 Mini, which has been demoted to home theater duty, won't be able to upgrade. That's fine, since it can't use 10.7 either.

    This has been going on for decades. It's nothing new, and it's no big deal. If you want to run the latest software, you need the latest hardware. Supporting legacy hardware constrains development.
  8. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Apple cannot stay on top forever.

    History reveals the odds are stacked against that being the case with any company. Change is the one constant that we can count on.

    When Apple becomes no longer relevant, I will be well prepared to move on with an appropriate strategy... :)
  9. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    I have a post-2007 15' Macbook Pro. I was told it wouldn't work but it runs as smooth as butter. A few hiccups but the install was faster and smoother than Lion.
  10. FNH15 macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2011
    My plan is to force install Mountain Lion on my MacBook 4,1. If that doesn't work, I'll buy a refurb MacBook Pro (the $929 one) when the updated MacBook Pro's come out in the Summer.
  11. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    What the hell does this even mean? :confused: You're in the wrong forum.
  12. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I have a 2006 Mac Pro (1,1) that is supposedly unable to run Mountain Lion.

    However, since it has 64 bit CPUs, I highly suspect it will be possible to hack Mountain Lion to boot up on the machine. I hope I'm right, as this machine is MORE than fast enough for everything I need; hell Lion runs like a *SPEED DEMON* on it... and I don't want to get left behind.

    So here's hoping. Theoretically it should be possible to hack Mountain Lion to boot on any Mac with a CPU supporting Long Mode (64 bit), it's just EFI that stands in the way. I'm betting someone just has to write a boot loader.

    Here's hopin'.
  13. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I'm effected, but don't really care. I'm still rocking on Snow Leopard.
  14. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    happy that my mid 2009 mbp still has some life in it :cool:
  15. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    Is the unibody 15" late 2008 (first unibody model) able to upgrade? I haven't seen the list.
  16. karsten macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2010
    i'm hoping too.. is it possible for someone who has mountain lion installed to reboot with 3 and 2 pressed down to see if it will even boot in 32-bit mode? thanks
  17. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
  18. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    This thread is kind of funny. Such a dramatic bunch we have here!
    Seriously, you probably don't want your 5-6 year old Mac to be running the newest OS X.

    I was happy when I could put 10.5 on my iBook G4, but I wasn't heartbroken when SL wouldn't work on it. Heck, I wouldn't want to.
  19. Trentolol macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    Right here
    Most of my school mac mini's will be "outdated". :/ We haven't upgraded to lion yet, so...we should do that first
  20. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    To answer my own question, it appears after researching that the unibody MacBook pro late 2008 will run mountain lion.
  21. bbapps macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    I have a....
    iMac - 24-inch Mid 2007
    MacBook - 13-inch Early 2008​

    Thinking about upgrading the iMac soon (e.g. would be sooner except for the ivy bridge delay) and getting an iPad. Basically, let the MacBook die a natural death. Just need the iPad to have some storage; currently will take the macbook on the road; mainly for watching movies and internet.
  22. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
    If the X1600 is the only thing holding my Early '06 iMac back from using 10.8, I have no doubts that there will be a workaround to trick ML into using it. Hell, it might just need a kext from 10.7 transferred over. Who knows how simple it may be.

    (I swapped in a Core 2 Duo, before anyone jumps on me!)
  23. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Will my MBP be able to run Mountain Lion?

    I am confused as to whether my Macbook Pro will be able to run ML. I have the last MBP released before the macbook went unibody. (Macbook Pro 4.1, 2.5 GHz Core Duo 2, mid 2008).
    Although according to system profiler I am not running a 64-bit kernel, I do have the Nvidia 8600M chip which I read somewhere means I would be able to run ML.

    Can anyone confirm this? :confused:There doesn't seem to be definitive answer anywhere. :confused:
  24. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
    Yours should be fine.... at least until we get some more specifics.
  25. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Thanks for your reply. May I ask what you base your assessment on?

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