mid 2009 Macbook Air and Mavericks

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by brentg33, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. brentg33 macrumors 6502a

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    My friend has an mid 2009, 2,1 Macbook Air with 2 gb of ram. he has Mavericks installed, however, its a mess.
    after the 10.9.2 update, when he logs into his user account it will get past the login screen and show his desktop (w/wallpaper) and the menu bar and just beach ball forever after that. I have tried all the usual maintenance stuff and onyx. I was able to at least make it usable by logging into a guest account during a safe boot then creating a new test account. while still painfully slow, it was usable.
    Checked activity monitor
    2 gb of ram
    1.99 used
    3.xxgb virtual
    3xx mb swap
    im assuming that is the issue.
    ive recommended a nuke and pave..
    but has anyone had mavericks work well on this machine?
    if so, how
    I've recommended going back to MLion...

    thanks
     
  2. chrisperro macrumors 6502

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    canada
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    your problem is the ram,2 gb is not enough for Mavericks or mountain lion, your best bet is to install snow leopard.
    and do you have an SSD or a spinning HD? if is the spinning HD that is the cult print too, it may be failing.
     

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