Macbook Pro 15 (Late 2008) OS / Hardware question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nyte, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Nyte macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2014

    So I've got this old MBP for dirt cheap, it's got a faulty airport card and speakers, also I need to get a new battery for it.

    So the question is...should I stick to Sierra on it or just go Mavericks or something, from what I can tell I Sierra runs somewhat sluggish. (It came installed with it, the whole unsupported mac installation thing)

    I was thinking of going back to Mavericks or should I not ?

    Specs : 2.4 C2D ,160 GB HDD, 4GB RAM.

    Also is it worth swapping out components which are faulty for new ones and getting a ram and sdd upgrade for such an old machine ?

  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    If you're gonna stick with a newer OS I'd suggest bumping up the RAM to 8 GB and swapping in an SSD. El Capitan runs fine on these with those upgrades, so I'd imagine Sierra wouldn't be too much of a stretch (despite not being officially supported).
  3. Nyte thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2014
    Yeah gonna get an SSD, not sure about the RAM just yet, but thinking about it. I'm running Mavericks right now and it seems fine, but usually eats up around 3.7 GB, I was thinking of going Yosemite or El Cap but I'm not sure if those are gonna use up more RAM until I get the chance to upgrade.

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