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Upgrade options: 10.5.8 Macbook unibody late 2008

by cdisxm / December 30, 2012 2:34 AM PST

I am very happy with my MacBook 5,1 (silver unibody, late 2008). It still looks like new. I have misplaced the original OS DVDs.

OS: 10.5.8 (Leopard)
Processor: Intel 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo
Memory: 2GB 1067 Mhz DDR3
Processor Speed: 2Ghz
Boot ROM Version: MB51.007D.B03

I have ordered (8 GB (2 x 4 GB) memory 1067 Mhz DDR3 (as it seems now to be the official limit only for this model).

The OS works fine, but I ordered the $19.99 Snow Leopard..

I only have one third party software and it supports versions of OS X to current.

How easy is it to upgrade?

When I get the 8GB memory, could I, or should I upgrade to Mountain Lion?

Would Mountain Lion run as fast as my Leopard runs now, given the processor is still 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo?

Is it a good idea?

How easy is it to upgrade Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion?

Open to ideas. I know its an old computer, but I really love using it and it still looks like new, and besides the upgrade will still be cheaper than buying a new computer.

I hope to have provided enough information to get an informed response and/or suggestions.

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A friend has that model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2012 2:42 AM PST

And went from 2 to 4GB and it was a nice step up.

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I got the answer.
by cdisxm / January 15, 2013 10:29 AM PST

Thanks for the one response. The 8GB flies like a rocket. It recognizes all 8GB, not only 6GB as other forums are saying. Snow Leopard was a breeze to install and then update to 10.6.8.

This is definitely such a nice step up I will not weigh it down with Mountain Lion at this stage.

I am very happy with my MacBook.


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