Macbook upgrades and a Hi.

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  1. MikeSantor macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone!

    So after almost 15 years on a PC, I finally decided to join the darkside. I found a KILLER deal on a macbook with a busted LCD and I wanted to upgrade the hell out of it while I see how I like Mac`s. I just want to make sure everything I want is computable. heres the model I picked up

    Apple MacBook MA255LL/A

    * 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2 MB shared L2 Cache
    * 512 MB (two SO-DIMM) 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300); 60 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA hard drive; slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    * One FireWire 400, two USB 2.0 ports, Mini-DVI port with support for DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video output (requires adapters, sold separately)
    * Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit); built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme (802.11g); built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    * 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy TFT widescreen display, 1280 x 800 resolution

    Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
    * Hardware Platform: Mac
    * Processor: 2 GHz Intel Centrino
    * System Bus Speed: 667
    * Number of Processors: 2
    * RAM: 512 MB
    * RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard Drive
    * Size: 60 GB
    * Type: Serial ATA
    Graphics and Display
    * Graphics Card: Intel GMA 950
    * Graphics RAM: 64.00 MB
    * LCD Native Resolution: 1282 x 800


    So I have the new LCD on the way along with os x leopard but I read a few things that have me confused. I heard this machine is only expandable to 2 gigs and I herd that people were having trouble getting SSD`s to work. Is this just software related? I mean If I upgrade to leopard can I upgrade this machine to a 4 gig and put an SSD in it?

    When I searched on SSDs in the macbooks It seems like a ton of people said it does work and a ton said they couldn't get the mac to recognized the drive. I want to clarify this before I buy a $400+ SSD.

    Thanks for the advice guys. I have always wanted a SSD and a mac so I figured now is the best time since im getting the macbook for so cheap!
     
  2. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Welcome to the forums!
    Enjoy the HELL outta your new Mac! I know you will! ;)
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The maximum RAM on the CoreDuo machines is 2GB, sorry on that one.
     
  4. MikeSantor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks shady, Nice to see some illinois kings in here already.

    damn.

    so whats the word on the SSD. can I use a sata II?
     
  5. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Are you SERIOUS!?!?! You know about Kottonmouth Kings??? Nice!!
    No one here has ever mentioned anything about that!
    You from Illinois also?
     
  6. MikeSantor thread starter macrumors regular

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    South side of Chicago.
     
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Nice bro!
    Im out west a bit. Like 30 miles... St.Charles, Geneva, Batavia... You know the area?
     
  8. MikeSantor thread starter macrumors regular

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    yea i have family in Batavia.
     
  9. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Right on.. If your ever out this way we can do some celebrating KMK style!
    Matter of fact, Im "celebrating" right now! hahaha!!! *cough cough*
     
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  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    All SATA specs are backwards compatible, but I don't think you can use a newer SATA spec'd drive on an old controller. May as well just pick up a 7200RPM drive. The money you save will be a fair bit, and the performance will still be quite good.
     
  12. MikeSantor thread starter macrumors regular

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    damn, alright. Ill save the SSD for the new macbook if all goes well with this one.
     

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