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LadyMacMac 08-28-2011 03:14 AM

Help me. PLEASE!
I'm buying a reconditioned Macbook, a really old model, and it has only 2gb ram. Is that good enough for school? I also want Snow Leopard on there. Would it work? D:

The information on the flyer said this:

Apple 13.3" Mac Book
- 120 GB Hard Drive
- Wi-Fi
-Mac OSX 10.4

...and I asked the woman who worked at the store if I could run Lion on there and she said no, it would need more memory.

cwa107 08-28-2011 03:24 AM

You'll have to tell us a bit more about the specs of the machine, approximate age and condition. It would also help to know what specifically you'll need to use it for.

I would venture to guess that you're going to need to do the basics like word processing and surfing the web, but are there any other more specific programs you'll need to run?

dtravis7 08-28-2011 03:56 AM

Agreed with CWA. Tell us a bit more if you would.

For the basics though any Macbook should work and Snow Leopard works pretty well with 2GB RAM.

RavingMac 08-28-2011 04:37 AM

Don't you guys ever sleep?

I'm up due to insomnia, didn't expect to find anyone else on line. ;P

dtravis7 08-28-2011 04:43 AM

I rarely sleep !! :D My brain is going 1000MPH so am still up.

RavingMac 08-28-2011 04:53 AM

My problem is I'm a night owl in a day person's world and sometimes it catches up with me. I get out of sync and wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 am done for the night. ;P :( ;P

I've found the only real solution is to get up and let my biorhythyms sort themselves out.

Anyway, hope your brain slows down to 900mph so you can sleep.

chas_m 08-28-2011 05:57 AM

I'm writing this to you on a 2007 Core2Duo BlackBook with (now) 3GB of RAM, but it had 2GB for at least the prior two years. Snow Leopard ran great on it, and I use my machine for a HUGE variety of stuff. At the moment I've been designing posters and postcards, running the lights and sound for a Fringe show, editing video and writing lots of stuff (that's my day job), not to mention the occasional casual game and the usual sorts of web surfing, FaceTime, etc.

You'll need to specify the model, but 2007 or later is probably going to be fine.

dtravis7 08-28-2011 07:04 AM

Agree with Chas. My C2D Mini with 2GB runs Snow Leopard quite fast and I do all sorts of work on the machine, much more than your typical Web Surfing and email. It's never let me down either. It's now running 10.7.1 Lion and quite smoothly.

cwa107 08-28-2011 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by Razormac (Post 1289456)
Don't you guys ever sleep?

I'm up due to insomnia, didn't expect to find anyone else on line. ;P

Two words: Hurricane Irene. My brain was in "vigilant homeowner mode". Not that I could fix any of the issues that surfaced.

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