What version of OS X should I have on my 2009 Macbook

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  1. macdude143 macrumors newbie

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    Currently I have OS X 10.9 on there and it seems pretty slow here's my specs.

    13-Inch Late 2009
    2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB 1067 MHZ DDR3
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB

    Does anyone else believe in just keeping the OS X version that was on it when you bought it and just installing all the updates instead of going up versions? It seems like the computer gets slower if you keep upgrading like the OS isn't optimized very well for older systems.

    WHAT VERSION SHOULD I INSTALL OR JUST KEEP 10.9 and ADD RAM?
     
  2. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    Snow Leopard, perhaps? It depends a lot on the current state your computer is in. This is not only about the OS, the state of the hardware influences your speed even more.
     
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  5. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    Because it's a '09 MacBook, so the hardware is pretty old. You asked us for advice well we gave it, Snow Leopard it is.
     
  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I'd go with Mavericks and add RAM. Snow Leopard isn't getting security updates and it's getting more common for software to require 10.7 minimum. I find Mavericks to perform better than either Lion or Mountain Lion.

    Also think about swapping out the hard drive for a SSD. Kits are pretty reasonably priced and it's not a difficult install on that model - the performance boost is incredible!
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Keep Mavericks and bump your memory up to 4GB. Snow Leopard is no longer receiving security updates. Mavericks has much better memory management than Lion or Mountain Lion.
     
  8. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Yep, more memory.

    You could also try a fresh install* of Mavericks rather than an upgrade, when I wiped my 2009 iMac with a fresh install of Mavericks it was like getting a new computer. It did have 4GB RAM though.

    *(I would take 2 different backups of data, say one Time Machine one a clone, before doing a fresh install. You'll have to reinstall apps you wish to keep)
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I have a 2010 MBPro, and have used 10.6.8 on it right up to now. It still runs well, particularly after I swapped out the original HDD for an SSD.

    I also have Mountain Lion (10.8.5) installed on a second partition, it runs fine as well with the original 4gb of RAM.

    I would suggest either of those.

    I tried Mavericks on my desktop machine (late 2012 Mini i7), and it runs like cold molasses ...
     
  10. Framework43 macrumors newbie

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    I have the exact same model as you (except I boosted my ram to 4gb). The RAM upgrade is really needed and its pretty easy to do as well.

    In my opinion, the Yosemite beta runs better than Mavericks after doing this.
     
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  12. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    That model can take up to 8GB. You need 4GB as a minimum. The 8 is good if you run a lot of stuff at once. As suggested, a SSD is once of the best upgrades you can make. Drive is only SATA II so you won't see huge improvement but it's far better than the HDD.

    If your disk space needs aren't great you can get a 256GB Samsung 840 Evo for $135. 4GB of memory is about $40. Far cheaper than a new computer. Should get you a couple more years of good use.
     
  13. Jacksonc macrumors 6502

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    I have a late 2009 with a SSHD and 2gb ram running Mavericks. It is working great when I have only a few apps open, and I can even run Unity and Maya at the same time. but it could use a ram upgrade.
     

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