OS X Lion on the 13-inch MacBook Aluminum (Late 2008)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by i'm.huMAC, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. i'm.huMAC macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2011
    I just wanted to inquire on OS X Lion's performance on the 13-inch MacBook Aluminum released in late 2008. Is it too sluggish? Should I upgrade or what?

    Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2
    Memory: 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I could run it on a 2007 iMac with 2GHz and 4GB of RAM without problems, and it seems a bit faster than Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, So if you run SL, there shouldn't be a problem running Lion.
  3. hellfried macrumors member

    May 3, 2008
    I am running lion on an imac which i bought in late 2007. it has 2.4GHz and 2GB of RAM. Feels a bit sluggish for me but serviceable. Do you think doing a clean install would make much of a difference?
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I did a clean install on a separate partition, but I haven't tried Lion for more than a day, so maybe I have overlooked something?
    I also replaced the iMac's original HDD with a slightly faster one.
    And the extra 2GB RAM I have could have helped me with a fluent experience.
  5. PBP macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2011
    Runs perfectly here on my alu 13'' MacBook 2,4ghz , but i have 4GB RAM.
    Don't know how it run with 2gb.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Running sweet as a nut on my 2.4GHz Alu MacBook.

    You'd want to get more RAM though, 4GB is pretty cheap and I'm fairly sure one of the recent firmware updates enabled support for up to 8GB in the Alu MacBook.
  7. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Upgrade your RAM to 4GB and you will be fine.
  8. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    Works like a charm

    I works totally fine and way faster than SL. I have installed it on a separate partition. The free memory at start-up is about 1 GB. It started to use swap space after I started Borderlands. But it doesn't at all feel sluggish.

    Al MacBook, 2.4 GHz, 2GB DDR3, nVidia 9400M
  9. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    I'm running it on a Late 2008 Macbook, 2GHz, upgraded to 4GB RAM.
    Overall it's definitely not sluggish. Much like Snow Leopard, Applications can take a few seconds (up to 10) to open up, depending on which one it is of course.
    Otherwise, I run Safari, Mail, iCal and iTunes at all times and it seems fine. Often will open up Pages or Keynote and Photoshop and it will be fine as well. You should be all good.
  10. Synaesthesia242 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    Get more RAM yeah, but nothing beats the speed upgrade of an SSD, I recommend looking out for one! Lion is incredible on SSD's.
  11. JSMencer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2007
    I did an install of lion on my late 2008 macbook. I have 2ghz processor, and 5gb of RAM. it seems to be running fine. It has the original hard drive, and I have a 16gb SSD in the computer with Lion installed on that as well so I can boot to either hard drive. Works well on both. theres a few little complaints, but nothing major.
  12. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I was hoping to get the wife a used 11" MBA just as a spare computer but all these "get more ram" suggestions make me worry about how well it will run on a stock 2010 Air where "more ram" isnt a (cheap) option.
  13. RJCP macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hi! That's my system. I tried running it with only the original 2GB of RAM and it was a nightmare. I then upgraded to 4GB for 36GBP and it's way faster than SL. Takes a little longer to boot, but shuts down in the same amount of time and application generally only bounce once before opening.

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