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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Just upgraded Macbook to 2gb RAM - should I go from Tiger to Snow?


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Hey everyone,

I have an old Macbook - got it back in June 2006 right when they were released. It had been running pretty slowly, so I upgraded the two 512mb chips to two 1GB. It's running much better now.

I still have Tiger, and was wondering if it would run even faster if I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Or...would it go slower because Snow has higher requirements? I'm not sure what to do here - I'm pretty much just looking for how I can get the optimal performance.

I use my computer for pretty basic things: internet, movies, music, Word, Excel, etc.

Thanks for the help.
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Sorry but snow leopard will not run on a ppc MacBook. Leopard is as high as you'll be able to go.

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It's an Intel Mac. Maybe I was mistaken that mine was the first that came out - perhaps I meant the first Intel Macbook that came out. I thought all Macbooks were Intel, but I guess not.
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all macbooks are Intel, prior to mid 2006 there was the ibooks which all ran ppc...
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Thanks - that's what I thought.

So I guess my question remains - will a 2GB Macbook run Snow Leopard faster than Tiger?
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I have exactly the same MacBook running Snow Leopard.
You would notice a slight slowing down if you went to Leopard, however Snow Leopard is a slight speed bump on Leopard on the machine. You are using the same programs I do and the MacBook will perform them all fine with 10.6, and you may get some HDD space!

I can't tell you whether Tiger is quicker with 2GB than Snow Leopard as I installed Leopard with only 1gb then upgraded the RAM.

I think the upgrade from 10.4 to 10.6 requires the more expensive upgrade package, unless you have the Leopard install disk to go from one to the other.

Hope that helps!
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Great, thanks for the help!

And my internet research tells me that I should be okay with going straight from Tiger to Snow Leopard with the $29 disc and skipping the Leopard box set - correct?

Thanks again.
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all macbooks are Intel, prior to mid 2006 there was the ibooks which all ran ppc...
Oops my bad you are of course correct. 1 too many beers with dinner.

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No it will not you can run 10.5 Leopard. Thats it!
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Sorry but snow leopard will not run on a ppc MacBook. Leopard is as high as you'll be able to go.

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lol you got told
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