OS Update on Macbook (2007)

Crazysah

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Mar 17, 2007
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Hello,

So I have a mid-2007 White Macbook. Now it is running 10.5.8.

While I had my last computer, I had bought Lion OS. I know Lion OS isn't compatible with this computer so... Is there anyway I can install Snow Leopard without having to purchase it again? I don't want to have to pay $29 for it.

Thanks,
Crazysah
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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So I have a mid-2007 White Macbook. Now it is running 10.5.8.

While I had my last computer, I had bought Lion OS. I know Lion OS isn't compatible with this computer so...
Of course you can install Lion on that model. You either need to upgrade to SL first, or buy the Lion USB drive.

From EveryMac.com:
This system can run the latest version of OS X 10.7 "Lion" if upgraded to at least 2 GB of RAM. It is not supported booting into 64-bit mode, although this is believed to be due to an Apple imposed EFI block rather than a technical limitation. It does not support "OpenCL" either.
 

Crazysah

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I only have 1 GB of RAM. I just want to install Snow Leopard but I don't want to buy it. Anything at all I can do?
 

minifridge1138

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Lion will work on that macbook.

When you buy Lion, the license allows you to install it on up to 3 (i think) other macs that you own. So you should be OK to install it on the MacBook.
 

minifridge1138

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I thought it was any amt of computers you used as it's tied to ones' apple id
That could be. I don't remember the exact wording, but it was ok on "computers in your control." That much I do remember.

Lion isn't actually tied to your Apple ID.

Your Apple ID will show that you paid for Lion.
But after you have the installer, you can install it on any mac. Even if you don't have an account on it.

Example:
I download and install Lion on my MacBook. She isn't a user on my Mac.
My wife has a MacBook Pro. I'm not a user on her Mac.
I can still run the installer on hers and Lion will run just fine. It has no idea who paid for it or what account it was tied to.
 
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