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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
    I am currently running the original core 2 duo processor and was simply wondering if it is possible or worth improving this and running a i3 or i5 processor? Or is it too complicated and not really worth doing?
    Many thanks

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    Nope, you cannot, its soldered into the motherboard
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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    That makes my life really easy thanks

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    You could however bump the ram up which will usually show a performance improvement.

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    Yeh, I have got new RAM on the way (doubling it) and will shortly be updating the software too, still running 10.5.8 so thinking of getting lion on it and see how it runs. What are peoples opinions on lion or should i just go with snow leopard? Heard mixed things about lion.
    Cheers

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    In my experience, Lion will likely be slower than anything (although more RAM may offset this a bit). How fast is your processor and how much RAM will you have?
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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    I have a 2.13Ghz processor and will be running 4 gig of ram. My laptop is running really pretty slow at the moment hence the upgrade. Would love to run Lion and get iCloud to work with my iPhone but if it is going to slow the laptop down more i mightn't bother.

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    Id Do ram, and if its in the budget a SSD. Really all you can do.
    Macbook Pro (A1278) 2.53 ghz w/ 4gig Ram, 320 gig HD
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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    I run Lion on a 2.1 C2D with 4GB of RAM and it runs perfectly fine. It's a touch slower than Snow Leopard but alas, 'tis the cost of keeping up with older hardware.
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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    One other thing you did not state size and how full your HD is and as a general rule
    IMHO without 15 to 20% free space preferably the latter things start to get real slow.

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    I only have 33Gb of HD space left from 250GB which may be the result of it going a bit slower. I have everything i need backed up to and external HD. Is it possible to remove everything from the HD or would it be better upgrading that as well?

    Thanks for all the help

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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)
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    33 GB free is still in the comfort zone and is plenty of free space. When it gets down below 15 gig then consider a clean up or a hard disk upgrade
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    Is it possible to improve the processor in my Macbook (White)

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    Excellent cheers, looking forward to getting it running a little quicker again. Will see how i get on with snow leopard before upgrading to lion to begin with i reckon.

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