Upgrading 2009 MBP 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 16GB to Yosemite?

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  1. khomer2, Sep 12, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

    khomer2 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2012
    Hi Folks,

    Im presently running my mid 2009 2010 MBP with 16GB Ram, 256GB Crucial SSD on SL 10.6.8
    Ive been running this setup for several years now and was thinking to upgrade to Yosemite.
    It runs strong and fast, no issues.
    I use it for the usual stuff as well as photoshop, streaming movies, etc, nothing high powered.
    I realize if I upgrade, some of my software will need to be upgraded to.
    I also use my iphone 6+ ios 8.1.2 with some of the mobile apps tie into the Osx apps I have.

    I would like to hear from comments from others on this upgrade and the possible benefits.

  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Sounds like your Mac will be fine on Yosemite, although El Capitan is right around the corner.

    I have Yosemite on my mid-2009 MBP 2.26ghz 8gb with 500gb HDD. It does fine, but the older hard drive can sometimes bottleneck things. It's not my everyday laptop anymore, so I don't worry about it too much.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    2009 MBP's do not support 16GB RAM. 13" 2010's do, and all models from 2011 onwards. Are you sure that's the model you have?
  4. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    This. Just wait for El Capitan.

    Or... I held on to SL for quite awhile, but eventually had to go to Mavericks. That might get you somewhat more current but allow you to keep some of your older software...?
  5. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Some things I noted after upgrading my Late-2009 Macbook (8GB, SSD):

    1- nVidia WebDrivers and CUDA require hacks to be installed since Mavericks and sometimes crash. Using the default driver without CUDA, you'll be fine;
    2- 1280x800 is a bit tight for Yosemite GUI elements;
    3- You won't get HTML5 support on Netflix with Safari. Chrome 64 bit with Widevine CDM plugin will do the trick, though. It looks like Apple doesn't care too much with older graphics adapters;

    In the end, I think it's worth upgrading.
  6. chaleyer macrumors newbie


    Jun 28, 2010
    Sydney, Oz
    Just upgraded my wife's 2009 13" MBP to El Capitan 10.11.1 because 10.7.5 didn't support an iTunes versions that would enable her to restore from an i5s to a new i6s. Had tried to update iTunes, but I couldn't bump its version far enough to support the i6s.
    I had bumped the RAM to 8Gb and installed a 256Gb SSD a couple of years ago and that made a noticeable improvement at the time.
    Anyway, the upgrade went remarkably well and so far I'm very happy with the performance, but it is early days.
    She mainly uses it for personal email and photo-books in iPhoto, so the load is light.
  7. khomer2, Nov 28, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

    khomer2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2012
    Thanks for all your comments, appreciate it.

    Snaky79, 2009 2010 can handle 16GB ram unofficially. There's a thread that explains and discusses this process. Add an ssd with this upgrade and its cheap, slick and fassst. Keeps up with the present macs and works great for my applications.

    I decided to keep SL on this and picked up a 13" Mba (i7 512flashdrive ) running Mavericks .

    Apologies folks, corrected to reflect the proper year of my mbp. :D
  8. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The 2009 MBP models all used the MCP79 chipset from NVIDIA, which also contains the memory controller. Everything I've ever read about this chipset states that it maxes out at 8GB of RAM.

    Do you have a link to the thread?
  9. khomer2, Nov 28, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

    khomer2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2012
    Sorry T5BRICK, my bad, This ram upgrade to 16GB works for my 2010 Mbp, and not at 2009 model.

  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Yes I know. I said so right in the post you quoted.

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