Should I downgrade from El Capitan to Mavericks? (2009 MBP 13")

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 131215, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. 131215 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2015
    I am using a fairly old MacBook Pro 13" that is a hand-me-down. It was running Mountain Lion when I got it. I upgraded it to Yosemite and recently to El Capitan. Both seem to run very slow.

    I am debating whether to downgrade to Mavericks. I have looked at the various tutorials online on how to do it and feel fairly confident.

    But, I would like a second opinion on if it is worth the time and energy.

    Here are the specs of my MBP:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro

    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,5

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz

    Number of Processors: 1

    Total Number of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 3 MB

    Memory: 2 GB

    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.47f2

    PS: I looked at the requirements. 2 GB for El Capitan. I've been reading that Mountain Lion is a much better OS than Mavericks and it is listed in my purchased apps so I might just downgrade even further.
  2. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    If possible try downgrade to 10.8 unless you have SSD installed, or even better 10.6.8 if you really concern on performance.
  3. felt. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    is there any reason your aren't creating a second partition and running both? storage costs cent per gb?
  4. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Avoid downgrading to Mountain Lion, try Mavericks instead, as there are already many apps that are starting to drop support for ML. Anything below that is going to cause massive compatibility problems with modern software. Also, I highly recommend you upgrade to 4GB of RAM, that will improve performance quite a lot. The requirements are the same for anything Lion and later.
  5. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I would definitely say to go to Mavericks. I installed both Yosemite and El Cap on my MBP and they never performed as well as my Mavericks installation (and I think my specs are still pretty good - see my sig). Only trouble you will find is that Mavericks is not available in the App Store any longer and seeing as you said that you went from Mountain Lion to Yosemite, it will not be available to you. So, you need to find a friend that previously downloaded Mavericks as it will still be available to them in the App Store.

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