Wiping an old Mac? What OS will be there?

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  1. 31rhcp, Jun 26, 2012
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    31rhcp macrumors member

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    Hey forum!

    I just bought an Ivy Bridge MBA (love it!!!) and I want to make my old mid 2007 MB (Intel Core 2 Duo) my secondary comp for PPC apps (it is running SL) and Windows XP via Boot Camp (I plan on putting Windows 8 on my MBA when it's released).

    My MB's performance is terrible. Would wiping the computer have any benefit? If so, what OS will be left there. It's running 10.6.8 but it came with Tiger. Also, is there anything else I can do to help it out?

    Sorry if any of those questions are dumb, everyone learns sometime :p .
     
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Wiping it via a clean restore might help a little. If it doesn't, then there is probably a hardware problem. Don't try to judge its performance against your new MBA, though; the difference between the two technologies (PPC and hard disk vs. Intel Core i series and SSD) are simply too great for any meaningful comparison.

    If your older MacBook is PPC, you're going to have to run XP through Parallels, VMWare or some other emulation package. Boot Camp runs only on Intel Macs.
     
  3. 31rhcp thread starter macrumors member

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    I wasn't so much comparing it to the air, I was just saying that it's performance is awful. Routine tasks (think switching between columns in Finder's column view) take a noticeable amount of time.

    I just edited my first post to give a bit more info. It's an Intel Mac (Core 2 Duo). I am running XP through Boot Camp. The only reason I mentioned PPC was since it is running SL, which was the last OS to support PPC apps.
     
  4. Mexikaner macrumors newbie

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    I don't ever recall Apple making a PPC MacBook.
     
  5. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    All models of MacBooks made have Intel processors. The MacBook originally replaced the PowerPC G4 iBook in 2006. You will be able to boot XP without problem via Apple's Bootcamp.

    When you wipe a hard drive there will be no OS left. Also, when you upgrade a computer (for instance, Tiger to SL) the new operating system replaces the old version. This will help you do a wipe and install. Doing this will definitely help with the performance of your MacBook.
     
  6. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook has 2.5 GB of RAM and 10.6.7.

    It didn't run fast on 10.6.8 or Lion. Once I downgraded to 10.6.7 everything started running smooth.

    I use Lightroom CS6, Phosotshop CS6, and isn't lighting fast but I can work just fine.

    For 1080p video it lags sometimes, youtube HD or stuff using Flash sucks.
     
  7. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    weird... my white MacBook (2009) ran awesome on Snow leopard, and runs just about the same on Lion- and I have 2GB of RAM. Even HD videos look fine (although the fans do kick in) Also, why would updating to 10.6.8 make yours slower? The whole point of updates are to make the performance better...
     
  8. 31rhcp, Jun 27, 2012
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    31rhcp thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome! This was EXACTLY what I was looking for.

    I plan to restore my data with Time Machine. Do you have any idea what would happen in Migration Assistant if I have two different computers backed up with Time Machine?
     
  9. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is first generation MacBook (2006), right when Intel came into play.
     
  10. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    Doing a complete restore from TM actually may degrade the performance of the MacBook a little, because all of the old caches and system files will be backed up. What I've done in the past is to skip migration assistant and go to the desktop. Open TM and only restore the items that you really need (such as document and apps). Then you will have a nice and clean OS to use :D

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    I used to have the last version of the iBook g4 before I got my MacBook :cool:
     
  11. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Now that I think about it, neither do I. Mea culpa.
     

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