Macbook 2007 and Lion?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by xanders, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. xanders macrumors member

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    Hi has anyone upgraded to Lion on a Macbook 2007 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 120 GB HD? How is the performance? Any issues? Also how much space does it eat? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BL4zD macrumors 6502

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    I have the same except a 2.1 instead of 2.2 processor. The upgrade went smoothly, there are no issues that I am experiencing, and there's some apparent features you'll have to try for yourself to see whether you like them. Many of the most interesting things are for people with the multitouch trackpad. I have a magic trackpad so I can use them. I did not check the space. I would think it's either similar or negligible.
     
  3. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Get Lion for sure. Your MB will feel brand new.
     
  4. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    Late 2007 MacBook with a 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HHD. No problems with Lion whatsoever. :D Just don't get all of those fancy trackpad gestures.
     
  5. xanders thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the feedback, so is it really worth upgrading without the fancy trackpad gestures? Don't feel like lugging a seperate magic track pad around defeats the purspose. :confused:
     
  6. Lara F macrumors 6502a

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    I'm working in fullscreen now, which is nice on a 13'' MB. It does feel new and fresh. The performance is fortunately fine and I only have 2GB RAM, so you should be good there.

    That said, I got a gestures demo at the Apple store today and am pretty bummed I have to go without or shell out over twice the cost of Lion for a trackpad. :( Makes me wish I'd held on to my PPC Mac one more year!
     
  7. dijonemon macrumors newbie

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    I'm running it on a 13" 2Ghz Core 2 Duo with 3GB RAM & 120GB HDD. Feels just as quick as Snow Leopard and I must say full screen really is nice!
     
  8. xanders thread starter macrumors member

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    My Macbook still going strong although after I have replaced the battery and the keyboard assembly. Ok, I am going to go for the Lion, of course the next challenge would be downloading 4GB of data on my 2Mbps line! :D Thanks again for all the enthusiatic responses!
     
  9. thats nice macrumors member

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    I installed lion on my 2006 white Macbook.

    3GB ram and 80GB hard drive.

    Runs great, as stated above we don't get the fancy track pad gestures, but everything else is great.

    I have the original 80GB HDD, and after installing lion and a few other programs I'm left with about 40GB... Think it's time for an hard drive upgrade :D
     
  10. javashak macrumors newbie

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    I hate to possibly go over old ground but ..... I have an original MB core duo. I have seen in some old posts that LION won't run on the core duo though you can delete a file which fools it into think it's a 64bit beast and it can then be installed.

    I have also seen a post about the Intel cpu saying that the chip could run 64bit but it was turned off by Intel until the core 2 duo. My question is: Is there anyway of turning on 64bit on the core duo or am I basically stuffed?
     
  11. potatis macrumors 6502a

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    I remember reading the Core (1) Solo/Duo are an entirely different processor that doesn't belong to the Core family of processors, but just labeled so. So maybe it's not the lack of 64-bits that makes Lion incompatible?
     
  12. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    There are two Macs in my family. A 2007 2.2Ghz White MacBook with 320Gb HD and 4 GB ram and a 2010 15" MacBook Pro. I upgraded both to Lion. While the 2010 MBP is running it perfectly the 2007 MacBook seems to be strugling. It has constant spinning beach balls, mail crashes every few minutes, Safari takes at least a minute or 2 to open, and it is constantly dropping WiFi connection. It ran perfectly on Snow Leopard. I'm really regretting upgrading the 2007 MacBook. It also feels like the Lion experience on the MacBook is very hindered. It feels like half an OS on the MacBook and an amazing OS on the MacBook Pro. I understand that it doesn't have a multi touch trackpad, but it does have two finger capabilites. So why can't you use the page forward or back in Safari? It is just a two finger guesture on my MBP, so the MB should be able to do it. Also Airdrop does not work on the older machines when there really is no reason that it should not work. I think I am going to wipe the HD and restore it to Snow Leopard. Without the Multi touch and Airdrop ect.. it really doesn't feel very different then Snow Leopard, which ran way better on the older hardware then Lion does. Maybe most of the problems can be chalked up to bugs, but it seems a bit rediculous that Apple would say that Lion can run on older Core 2 Duo machines when in reality, it makes the machine worst then when it had Snow Leopard. Also to note, the 2007 MacBook had a complete restore of Snow Leopard done before upgrading to Lion, I did not want there to be anything bogging it down for fear that it would do exactly what it is doing now. The MacBook is my significant others, and it is used primarily for work. With all the problems Lion is causing, it is putting a big damper on productivity.
     
  13. xanders thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah was thinking the same about the gesture part, since that seems one of the "greatest and latest" feature that everyone's talking about. I haven't yet upgraded SL is running very smoothly, no problems at all. But this is by far the most damaging upgrade report I have heard/read and your 2007 MB seems to be just like mine and you have more HD space than I have. Guess will just wait and watch.... thanks again.

     
  14. Lara F macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't had those issues and mine is lower spec'd (2.16 GHz, 2 GB RAM).

    But anyone's mileage can vary and there's no pressing need to upgrade.
     
  15. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    I am an IT specialist and I do it for a living. Half the computers I work with are Macs. The 2007 MacBook was by far the oldest machine I upgraded, and the only one without a multi touch trackpad. Non of the others are have this many problems, just little bugs here and there which are present in all .0 releases. For now I would recommend not upgrading the MB. I'd wait until a .1 or even .2 release of Lion, or maybe don't even go to Lion. I don't really see a point on the older machines. You don't get any of the benefits of Lion, plus the added headache of a slower machine then you had before the upgrade.
     
  16. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    You will get quite a few of the upgrades, but this dude is right about old machines.

    Newish machines get things like multi-touch gestures and AirDrop. You won't get multi-touch gestures, since your trackpad isn't built to detect anything more complex than two finger scrolling. You also won't get AirDrop, since it requires specific capabilities in your wi-fi chip (even my 2009 mini doesn't get that).

    Older machines get the new look, and a few nice improvements here and there, whilst also being made to feel older and less capable in other regards.

    You're talking to a guy who runs Tiger on a G3 iMac, Leopard on a G4 mini, and Snow Leopard on a 2006 iMac.
     
  17. skyttq macrumors newbie

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    i have a MB 2008 at 2.0 Ghz 4gb ram.. after upgrade to lion my can tell the machine is slowing down a lot.. and sometimes it's freezes for a feel seconds or so.. not worth the upgrade when Snow Leopard is still doing it best.. no need at all to upgrade...
     
  18. xanders thread starter macrumors member

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    So no upgrade for me it seems. Better by a new machine. :D
     
  19. jouster macrumors 65816

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    Just curious: for what do you use the two PowerPC computers? How is their performance?
     
  20. iMakara macrumors newbie

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    I wonder if anyone able to post or link to the full video to upgrade from 10.6.8 to OS X Lion. I'm sorry for such as question but I am very new with Mac.

    Thank in advanced.
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  21. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    I no longer have the G4 mini. I sold it in 2009 so I could buy one of the new Intel / nVidia ones. It was my first Mac I've owned since new, so I wanted to keep it, but I needed the money.

    I have a G4 tower, running Leopard with 1.5GB of RAM. It's at my parent's house, and it used as a main computer for web browsing, email and syncing iPods. Since it's a dual-processor, performance is pretty good for what it does. It's faster than the Windows XP-running Dell it replaced a year ago. It's a decent machine, and you can still get a lot of software that runs on G4 / Leopard.

    I also have an iMac G3 with 1GB RAM. It runs Tiger, and it's very slow. It's also very difficult to find software that still runs on G3 iMacs. Spotify no longer works. iTunes only goes up to 8.2.1, which can no longer access the iTunes Store. However, it does make an excellent jukebox. I replaced the hard drive with a new, quiet one and copied all my music into iTunes. The built-in speakers are great for listening to music - I think they're Harmon Kardon.

    It's also a great internet radio streamer and alarm clock. I've set the machine to switch on every weekday at 7AM, and an Automator script fires up VLC and tunes into a German radio station. It's a great way to wake up.

    So although you can't do much with a G3, it's scary that you can get a good looking design classic of a computer that still works well for less than £40 on eBay.
     
  22. BL4zD macrumors 6502

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    Which apps are you guys using that are giving you spinning beachballs?

    I haven't experienced anything like that with the OS itself, but Safari is a tremendous RAM hog now. The problems you're citing may be issues with apps rather than the OS itself.
     

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