Should I buy OSX now? 1st gen Macbook

Discussion in 'macOS' started by levi-mac, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. levi-mac macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010
    Hi, I have a first generation Macbook and want to upgrade the operating system from Tiger. In your opinion, should I buy the Snow Leopard box set now or wait for the next version of OSX? Do you think that the next version will not run as well on my machine?

  2. sup3r1or macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    IS that an Intel Mac? I think I head SL does not support G4 but may be I'm wrong.

    I think you should, because the upgrade disk is very cheap. Since Snow Leopard was an update rather than a completely new OSX release, its cheaper so I think it is worth the upgrade. Next version will come out but no one knows when so just sitting and waiting for unknown period of time is weird if you ask me.

    Go ahead and get that 30$ cd, It will definitely benefit you and ur MAc
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Buy Snow Leopard and max out the RAM on your machine.
  4. levi-mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010
    Thanks for the reply! It's an intel. I think the cheap upgrade is supposed to be meant for users of Leopard. Since I have Tiger I think they want me to buy the Snow Leopard box set that comes with ilife and iworks for like $170.
  5. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Just buy the "upgrade" disk - it is a full install disk and save the money for iLife 11 which should be out very soon. Put 2GB ram in your MacBook (that is the max) and you will be fine.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personally, I think Tiger is going to give you the best performance for the model that you currently own. With Leopard and Snow Leopard, apple added a lot of bulk. Newer machines could handle it, but given that you have a core duo and the intel GPU, I believe you're better off with 10.4
  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    That's funny. I found SL to be faster on my MB which has 2GB of RAM and a less than blazing processor.
  8. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    the first gen was a core duo which is only 32bit so the improvements you get from 64bit will not be available to you. Nevertheless, as an owner of a tiger and snow leopard machine i can say the latter is a great improvement
  9. scuac macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2008
    Hi levi-mac,

    I have the first gen intel macbook too (Core Duo , not Core 2 duo). since I bought it back in 2006, I have made three changes to it since then:
    Added RAM
    Added a bigger HDD
    Installed Snow Leopard

    the machine is working now better than ever. I highly recommend the SL upgrade, it is cheap and it is a much leaner OS that Tiger (plus you get Time Machine!).
  10. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Snow Leopard is Intel only.
  11. unwinded macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    SL runs quite well on my friend's '07 blackbook which is only one generation beyond yours. The updated GUI is not as smooth as Tiger, but aesthetics aside I recommend it. I agree that you should max out the ram though. Buy two 2gig sticks off newegg - 667mhz DDR2 SODIMMS. $36 apiece. System will only see 3 gigs because it's 32-bit, but this way it runs in dual channel which is important for the integrated video (less important for a discreet card)
  12. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    Hi there

    My MBP core duo works great with SL. Go for it and max your RAM to 2GB!
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    First gen MacBooks are limited to 2gb of ram total. They won't boot with a 2gb stick installed.
  14. unwinded macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    You're right, sorry bout that. Core Duo Macs are firmware limited to 2 GBs. Should still run great with SL

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