MacBook 5,2 (A1181) and Mavericks

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  1. Jobs, Steve macrumors member

    Jobs, Steve

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    Hi guys!!
    I got a Macbook A1181, or 5,2, it's the 2.0GHz version.
    Now it's running Leopard, but by now, on Leopard, Skype don't work anymore.

    It's supposed to upgrade to Snow Leopard, or Lion (buying them) or maybe to Mavericks which instead is "free", am I right??

    Is there any way to upgrade directly to Mavericks (for free), just downloading ISO of Mavericks and put it on A1181 with a Clear Installation ?? (not just an upgrade)

    Is Mavericks compatible with that model??

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rapicell macrumors regular

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    You need to upgrade to snow leopard before you can upgrade to mavericks.
     
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I'd avoid Mavericks unless you have a SSD installed. A lot of users in the forum complain about Mavericks performance under standard HDDs.
     
  4. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    :apple: rapicell
    even if i will make a "clear" install?
    i mean, i download Mavericks setup from AppStore of my new MacBook Pro Retina, then put it on usb, then start the setup as a new system on that MacBook A1181 ??

    :apple: brdeveloper
    oh, i didn't think of that...
    but is Mavericks "usable" on hdd??
    tha main goal is to have skype working again, then put office and Photoshop.

    thanks for replies ;)
     
  5. logana macrumors 65816

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    Yes you can do a clean install from your Mavericks USB - you do not require Snow Leopard........

    Your MacBook 5,2 model will be fine with a HDD and Mavericks as long as you have more than 2GB ram. That MacBook can support 6GB and Mavericks really needs at least 4GB........
     
  6. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your reply!!
    Ok, so i will download the Mavericks image from AppStore, then i will do that job.

    About the ram, it has 2GB... i think i have to upgrade it to 4GB...
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    4 GB is the sweet spot for basic usage under Mavericks. Something to note, Microsoft recently said they will be bringing back Skype for 10.5 Leopard users.
     
  8. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, didn't hear of it.
    Well... Leopard on that MacBook is running from years, i like the idea of clear it all and put a brand new OS.

    Maybe, if Mavericks will go very very slow, i hope they bring back skype on Leopard and reinstall a clear version of Leopard.

    Thank you :apple:
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Good luck! I hope you enjoy Mavericks.
     
  10. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    I'm running the Yosemite Beta on my 5,1 with a standard HDD w/ 4GB RAM and all is great.
     
  11. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    Really???

    So should I wait for the next beta, or wait for late october for final release of Yosemite and put it instead of Mavericks on that MacBook??
     
  12. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Here's my MacBook 5,2 in the flesh running Yosemite PB. It's the same model as yours, 2.0GHz Core 2, 9400m, has 4GB 800MHz DDR2 I had laying around, and a 500GB HDD from a 2010 MBP.

    It runs just fine, but the HDD is a little slow. I'm planning on putting an MX100 in it.

    I'd go ahead and put mavericks on it if you want, but I'd go for an SSD. It's still got plenty of life in it. If not the SSD, 4GB and a standard HDD will still work just fine. Only slow part is boot up, and opening some of the larger apps. Once it's all up and running it isn't so bad. You can always update to Yosemite once the final release is out.

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  13. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow thank you!!
    That's a great information!!

    Well, i need to upgrade to 4GB, after that i will choose between Mavericks and Yosemite.
     
  14. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Consider upgrading to 8GB. It is the same amount of install work and not double the cost. You can get name brand 8GB for less than $100.

    OS X Mavericks: System Requirements
    Learn about the system requirements for OS X Mavericks.

    To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:

    iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
    MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later),
    MacBook Pro (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
    MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
    Mac mini (Early 2009 or later)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
    Xserve (Early 2009)
    Your Mac also needs:

    OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard v10.6.8 already installed
    2 GB or more of memory
    8 GB or more of available space

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5842
     
  15. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I don't know why, but it seems so different to see that MacBook running Yosemite. Too bad mine stop at Lion.
     
  16. Jobs, Steve thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, just reading over internet seems that Lion was "slower" than the "great" Leopard.

    And the fact that a new OS like Yosemite (and also Mavericks) could be installed on that older macs, probably means that it's a little better about performance.

    Am i wrong?
     
  17. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    If you have the Macbook equipped with a 9400M GPU, I think it actually supports 8GB if I'm not wrong.

    ----------

    Well... considering observations in MR forums, this is the order of "lightness" on OSX versions:

    1. Snow Leopard;
    2. Mountain Lion;
    3. Lion;
    4. Mavericks.

    It's not a scientific ranking, but it's based on experience and user reports.

    Mavericks is not that heavy, but it seems that Apple just gave up optimizing the OS for Macs equipped with HDDs. Once you have a SSD, it will perform as fast as Snow Leopard.

    If I didn't had a SSD, I'd try upgrading to Mountain Lion.
     
  18. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Ironically, I found Mountain Lion to be the most buggy so I don't use it! Mavericks isn't bad at all now but Snow Leopard was great. I thought I had an SSD with Snow Leopard when in fact I had a regular hard drive. Mavericks is when you can really feel the difference night and day between hard drives and SSDs.
     

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