Upgrading MacBook 4,1 (2008 model)

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  1. zfleeman, Aug 4, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013

    zfleeman macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2011
    My girlfriend's MacBook has seen better days, and I'm fixing to upgrade its HDD to an SSD and increase the RAM to 4GB. I know this will be a good performance upgrade, but I'm stuck when it comes to upgrading the OS. I believe she currently runs Leopard, and (as far as I know) the most recent OS she can run is Lion. Will her Intel Core 2 Duo machine with 4GB of RAM be able to handle that big of a jump? My plan was to install Snow Leopard, and then purchase Lion from the Mac App Store. Wait... can you still buy Lion from the Mac App Store, or has it been replaced with Mountain Lion?

    Would dropping $140 on the items pictured below along with purchasing Lion be worth the hassle?

    (Also, I think I found the right sticks of RAM, but I could be wrong. If I am, which RAM should I purchase?)

  2. Ichabod. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Looking on the app store, I can't seem to find Lion, but according to Mactracker (http://mactracker.ca), you're correct that it's maximum OS is Lion 10.7(.5).

    The 64GB SSD might be small capacity overall, but iFixit has a guide for installing a second HDD in the optical drive bay (if you aren't using optical media much anymore) for more storage.

    You're correct with the RAM (200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM). This model has a maximum memory capacity of 6GB (4+2), but the 200-pin chips seem to be much more expensive than the 204 :(

    The SSD will probably be more worth it, since you can use it in future computers fairly effectively as a boot drive, but the RAM is going to be stuck in that machine (since Apple/everyone else has moved to 204-pin SO-DIMMs)

    Btw, this SSD on amazon is $69 for the same model: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-I...=UTF8&qid=1375654680&sr=8-2&keywords=64gb+ssd
  3. y.very macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2013

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