Macbook Pro 10.5.8 Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cocobeach, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. cocobeach macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2013
    Hi Everyone,

    I know there are a bunch of posts out there about doing upgrades for MacBook Pros v/10.5.8 but I am feeling pretty illiterate reading all the forums.

    Here is my case: I have a MacBook Pro, bought in 2008. The specs are as follows:
    Version: 10.5.8
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    My computer is 5 years old and it is starting to show. I have never done any updates to the software. It gets pretty warm when I use it, not sure if this is normal for MacBook Pros and it's getting kinda of slow responding to commands. so my question is:

    1) If I upgrade to SnowLeopard, do I need to buy more RAM? or can I buy it and install it with the specs my computer has?
    2) If I upgrade to SL, can I later add the latest Mountain Lion and will it perform up to speed?
    3) Should I just buy a new computer?

    I appreciate all the cool-techie people out there that may be able to help me out.
    Thx :apple:.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    1. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopardwill run with 2 GB of RAM, but your machine can take up to 6 GB of 200-pin DDR2 SO-DIMM RAM, and it might be worth it.
    Open Activity Monitor and go to the System Memory* tab and look for Page Outs and Swap used and report back.

    2. You will be able to until OS X 10.9 Mavericks gets released to the public, but Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard might be the much better fit for your machine.
    3. It depends on your computer usage.
  3. cocobeach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2013
    System Memory data

    Ok so I am looking at the Activity Monitor and this is what I have:
    VM Size: 44.43 GB
    Page Ins: 2.23 GB
    Page Outs: 375.07 MB
    Swap used: 388.73 MB

    Thanks for the links, I'm checking them out, didn't even know I had that program :)
  4. cocobeach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2013
    I kept reading about this, and I read in a forum that my particular type of MacBook Pro has an 800 MHz Bus Speed and that it can only handle 4GB total, is that true?

    here are the details for my Mackbook Pro:
    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP41.00C1.B03
    SMC Version (system): 1.27f3
    Serial Number (system): W88341RYYJX
    Hardware UUID: 4CE910CC-1A0E-5365-B435-346C7D816D10
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

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