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    Macbook Pro Mid 2009

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    Macbook Pro Mid 2009
    I'm looking at a mid 2009 17" Macbook Pro 2.8Ghz with a 500GB HD and 4GB Ram. The guy wants $500 for it. I'm wondering if this Macbook would be able to run Mavericks without performance issues. What should I be worried about in buying this older Macbook? Thanks for any advice.

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    Macbook Pro Mid 2009
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    I run Mavericks just fine on my 2009 MacBook Pro 2.53GHz with 8GB of ram and 500GB HD .
    I would think 500.00 is a great deal.

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    Macbook Pro Mid 2009
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    Be fine if you boost the memory to the 8GB max as osxx has done.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Be fine if you boost the memory to the 8GB max as osxx has done.
    nice machine for $500...

    Personally I wouldn't run 10.9, unless there's something you *HAVE TO** have 10.9 to run.
    10.8 is multiple times more stable and uses less power, in my experience...

    I'd run 10.7 or 10.8 on it, and keep it at that.

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    Macbook Pro Mid 2009
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    Mine has been very stable no beach balls and as for power usage I have not noticed an increase or decrease its the same .
    The thing about running older OS's eventually it will leave you behind been there done that .
    10.9 seems to handle memory way more efficiently than previous versions and you may find the added apps useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imikedesigns View Post
    I'm looking at a mid 2009 17" Macbook Pro 2.8Ghz with a 500GB HD and 4GB Ram. The guy wants $500 for it.
    $500 is pretty good price for a 17" MacBook Pro.

    Quote Originally Posted by imikedesigns View Post
    What should I be worried about in buying this older Macbook? Thanks for any advice.
    Just make sure everything works.

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