Updating a late 2008 Macbook

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  1. christyyyjoy macrumors newbie

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    My sister's late 2008 Macbook is starting to get pretty slow, so I'd like to update it for her. So far, my plan is:

    * Upgrade from 1GB RAM to 4GB
    * Replace harddrive with SSD
    * Upgrade OS to Lion (is it true that Mountain Lion won't work on her machine?)

    And I also wanted to get her a hardshell case to just physically make it look like something new. However, I'm having a really hard time finding hardshell cases for anything that isn't the Unibody Macbook. Does anyone know where I can find an older hardshell case? I've looked on eBay, the Incase website, and the Speck website.

    Thanks for any recommendations you may have!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can install up to 8GB of RAM, if you wish.
    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM and maximum supported OS:

    It should run ML:
    OS X Mountain Lion Technical Specifications
    For app compatibility: App Compatibility Table
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  4. christyyyjoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks so much for all of these resources! With the search being upgraded/disabled on Macrumors, I was having trouble looking for all the information I wanted.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can still use Google to search the forum. Just add the following to any Google search: site:forums.macrumors.com
     
  6. BigQid macrumors regular

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    I have the same problem but I'm trying to decide if it would be better to just buy a new computer. My hard drive is filling up, programs are crashing, and I want to make those same changes but its already 4 years old. I like computers but I don't trust myself to fix it. Should I just move on?
     
  7. stridemat Moderator

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    Consider an SSD, decent brands can be picked up relatively cheaply now. It will breathe life into your ageing Mac.

    You can always install into a new Mac anyway if you are still not happy :)
     
  8. TheZA macrumors regular

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    Actually, mid-2009 was the last non-unibody Macbook (Macbook 5,2). It is the one I have. As stock, it came with 2 Gb RAM and can run Mountain Lion.
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Very nice but OP claims his is a 2008. Only the UB from 2008 can officially run MLion. If he has 1GB as stock, its likely an early 2008.
     

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