Upgrading my MacBook OS to Lion, Valuable advice from pros in need

LawrenZza

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Jul 14, 2009
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My Current Macbook System:

Mac OS X version 10.5.8

Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

It's quite old already this unit... it's the very 1st MacBook with Aluminium casing

it's been awhile i'm stuck with this OS, so i was wondering if it is possible for me to upgrade my OS to LION.

can my Macbook cope with it? will it slow down my Macbook consider it's age and mayb the processor aint powerful enough to support the latest OS lion.

All you advise is kindly appreciated.

Thank you all prosss
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Yes, your MacBook can handle Lion and no, it won't slow it down, and yes, you have to upgrade to Snow Leopard first, so you can access the Mac App Store to download Lion.
 

LawrenZza

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Jul 14, 2009
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how can i upgrade to snow leopard OS without losing all my files?

is there a function to upgrade the OS snow leopard and yet still keeping all my files or do i have to manually backup them.
 

LawrenZza

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Jul 14, 2009
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time machine wont revert back my os rite?
it will only restore back all my files?
 

minifridge1138

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Jun 26, 2010
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Time machine / migration assistant won't revert the OS.

Going to Snow Leopard then to Lion is the only approved upgrade path.
 

minifridge1138

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I'd stop at Snow Leopard unless there is a need for Lion.
So would I, personally. But the OP asked about Lion.

I played with Lion on my MacBook.
Some things I liked, but some things I didn't.
I'll keep Snow Leopard as long as I can.
 

ELMI0001

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Jan 5, 2009
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So would I, personally. But the OP asked about Lion.

I played with Lion on my MacBook.
Some things I liked, but some things I didn't.
I'll keep Snow Leopard as long as I can.
True ... when I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard I noticed a pretty good bump in speed. I guess I should say snapiness. My guess is from the removal of all the old PPC code?

I like Lion but there are no must-have features for me.
 

tyrell456

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True ... when I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard I noticed a pretty good bump in speed. I guess I should say snapiness. My guess is from the removal of all the old PPC code?

I like Lion but there are no must-have features for me.
That was essentially the point of SL over Leopard. They weren't going for any fancy new features or anything like that, the goal was to rewrite code where necessary, strip out old, unused features, and essentially do everything they could to make it run faster.
 

Heebeejeebies

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Nov 9, 2011
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You have to upgrade to Snow Leopard first...
Not necessarily...

I was in a similar position and I bought a Lion USB and instead of upgrading, I did a clean install. Costs the same as upgrading to SL and then Lion.

Make sure to use Time Machine or something similar to back everything up.

From all the posts about Lion on MR, it seems as if a clean install will help avoid a lot of little bugs.

Also, 4GB of RAM should be enough for everyday stuff, but if you can, it's definitely worth upgrading to 8GB, but that depends on what you do with your MacBook.