Macbook 4,1 and Mavericks?

CYB3RBYTE

macrumors 6502
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Sep 2, 2014
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Hi there! I am in the market for a 2.4 GHZ Black MacBook. I had a 2.16 GHZ 3,1 in high school, and it was without a doubt one of my favorite computers I’ve owned. I found one on eBay I’d like to buy.

I know the theoretical limit for software on these guys is 10.8.X. I’d like to run 10.9.X , as it’s my favorite OS X release ever. This is not my main machine and this is just a fun side project.

Does anyone know if some sort of patcher exists for this? Or if this is even possible? I know mavericks is unsupported at this point but I really would like to get this done still.

Thanks!
 

mj_

macrumors 6502a
May 18, 2017
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I don't think there is a single Mac out there that has 10.8 as maximum OS. The three major cut-off points since the Intel switch were 10.7, 10.11, and 10.13. The MacBook 3,1 is limited to running Mac OS X 10.7.5.

Also, I don't think there ever was a MacBook 3,1 with a 2.4 GHz CPU. The 3,1 had either 2.0 or 2.2 GHz processor whereas the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo can only be found in the MacBook 4,1 (which, coincidentally, is also limited to running 10.7.5). You need at least a MacBook 5,2 to run anything newer.

That said you do realize that these are ancient machines at this point, right? Don't let your memory fool you, it may have been brilliant in 2008 but in 2019, these old MacBooks are a drag.
 

CYB3RBYTE

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 2, 2014
338
114
Midwest
I don't think there is a single Mac out there that has 10.8 as maximum OS. The three major cut-off points since the Intel switch were 10.7, 10.11, and 10.13. The MacBook 3,1 is limited to running Mac OS X 10.7.5.

Also, I don't think there ever was a MacBook 3,1 with a 2.4 GHz CPU. The 3,1 had either 2.0 or 2.2 GHz processor whereas the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo can only be found in the MacBook 4,1 (which, coincidentally, is also limited to running 10.7.5). You need at least a MacBook 5,2 to run anything newer.

That said you do realize that these are ancient machines at this point, right? Don't let your memory fool you, it may have been brilliant in 2008 but in 2019, these old MacBooks are a drag.

Okay, so first off I said that I was looking for a 4,1 and that I HAD owned a 3,1 in high school. Yes I realize these are ancient machines, if you even read my post the first time you would have realized I said that it was for fun that I was getting one of these to mess around with.

At least it's not a 12" that will go through 3 keyboards and 2 logics boards and maybe a screen.