Upgrading from Snow Leopard? :/

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Laurencia7, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I know my Macbook A1181 is outdated, and frankly you can fnd them on ebay for like 50 bucks but I love it, and cannot afford a new one. That being said, I upgraded the OSX two years ago to Snow Leopard, and really liked it .... but the reviews for El Captain are terrible. I cannot find the Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite anywhere on the app store.

    Where can I find other OSX versions?
    Is Yosemite better than El Cap?

    What would be the best fit?

    Thanks in advance
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    You will not find the other OS X versions unless you previously downloaded them from the App. Store. Your best bet would be to find a friend who is running the version that you want (or has run it at some point) and get them to download a fresh copy for you.

    No, Yosemite is not better then El Cap. El Cap was intended to be the “more polished” version of Yosemite. I have tried both and I am now firmly (and happily) back with Mavericks.

    I think the best fit for your system would be Mavericks, especially if you switch out that old HDD with a SSD. It will literally breathe new life into your system.
  3. Laurencia7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks for the info! I may get a SSD drive at some point, but not now. I don't think my old macbook is worth putting one in. I mean I can buy 3 of mine for 75 dollars, lol. I guess I'm not upgrading then, :(
  4. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    For a 2007 MacBook, I wouldn't go any "further" than 10.8.5.
    In my opinion, versions of the OS released after 10.8 seem to be designed for SSDs, and tend to run very slow on platter-based hard drives.

    If you can't get 10.8 from Apple, there are "other ways".

    BTW, I still use 10.6.8 as my "main OS" on a 2010 MacBook Pro, and it still runs just fine for everything I do with it...
  5. SanJacinto, Jul 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016

    SanJacinto macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2011
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Yes, it is still possible to use 10.6.8 in 2016 except for the browser. I mean, it would be nice if Apple could still offer Safari for their most polished OS X ever.:rolleyes: (I do not like other bowsers)

    Although my MBP is from Early 2011 (but shipped with Snow Leopard), I still love the plastic MacBooks. For me this is the Apple I love(d): 10.6.8 with its glossy traffic lights, the blue scroll-bars (looked like candy), pill-shaped buttons and that aqua blue - yes baby.
    It reminds me of night-sessions at university library - everywhere those white MacBooks, often owned by beautiful girls ;-)

    In late 2013 I was preparing for GMAT and spend more or less all of my time at the library.
    Some day a girl sat down next to me, with a what seemed to be a 2007 MacBook with OS X Tiger on it - gorgeous (I mean, the MacBook and Tiger ;)).

    I miss those times and I miss the "childish" Apple.

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