Is it possible to upgrade a MacBook late 2007
I have a core 2 Duo MacBook late 2007 version, is there a possibility of upgrading it so that I can download & use the latest Mac OS X version. I cannot upgrade the software beyond Snow Leopard.
Your system should be able to support the newer OS's (most of the Core 2 Duo systems are 64bit clean). Don't forget to upgrade your current apps as well here (if they are 32bit).
You'll need to do a few things here to upgrade to Lion.
Consider the costs (RAM & HD), the time, and if your current system will suit your needs for a couple more years, before starting your project.
I happened to glance at this question when it was at the top of the page and felt I might be able to clarify a little bit. It wasn't entirely clear if the user who originally asked the question had an answer that was clear. For the benefit of any others who might have this issue as well, I wanted to see if further input might help.
Question: Does the Late 2007 MacBook support the latest version of OS X (Mavericks)?
Further, if not, what is the latest version that it does support and how can I go about attaining it?
Simple Answer: No. Unfortunately, your system will not support OS X Mavericks. The most recent version of OS X that you can install is Lion.
Detailed Answer: From your question, I gathered that you already have the Mac App Store. If that is correct, you can purchase OS X Lion by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE for $19.99. You will get a content code that you redeem in the Mac App Store that will allow you to download and install the upgrade.
Advice: I kept my 2006 MacBook Pro for 6 years before upgrading. At that point, the $3000 investment had cost less than $500 per year. That's like buying a low-end laptop that's never as user-friendly and making the transition every single year. At the end of those 6 years it was still a very capable computer. With any Mac of its age that is still in use, it is typically safe to presume that it has served its purpose well for many years.
That said, the reason we look to upgrades like SSD's and our OS is because the the content that we are consuming is becoming more life like and intuitive. As the content grows larger and more complex the platform that you use to view it has to advance with it. As the platform, be it a plug in like Adobe Flash or your entire operating system, is advancing the hardware has to work harder to keep up.
That concept is rather simple, if not for technical reasons then because it's a life cycle we've all experienced with all the products we buy throughout our lives. The missing link, I believe, develops in the many layers between what we eventually consume and the hardware that enables it.
Your MacBook is, effectively, as up to date as it will ever be from a hardware standpoint. You can't upgrade the processor, you have the most memory your system supports, and you've upgraded to an SSD. From a software standpoint, you're able to take a step forward but even then it's to an operating system that is no longer supported with updates that help it change and adapt to the ever changing content it is used to consume and the ever evolving threats that may be encountered to get in the way.
It's safe to say that your Mac is, fortunately yet unfortunately, living past the end of its product lifecycle. As the content, plug-ins, and OS's continue to advance, your system is no longer able to adapt and maintain compatibility. If all that you use the system for is to interact with the current versions of the applications that are on it, I've encountered individuals who are still using Mac hardware over 12 years old. With regard to content from the internet, however, the portion that your system can access will only decrease from here on out.
So one can assume that you most likely got years of above average performance from a system that has turned out to be quite a value. Although now might not be the best time to consider doing so, replacing it will be a better value for your money and definitely your time. While you might now be able to buy a new Mac for less than $800, the broad majority of tasks you may have performed on the MacBook are possible on a $500 iPad. A new iPad has the benefit of being more portable, more powerful, and built with today in mind.
Just some food for thought. I hope that I was able to be helpful.
Lion is the most current OS you can put on a 2007 white A1181 with a Core 2 Duo processor. You only need 2GB to run Lion. A Core Duo processor will only work with Snow Leopard.
You will not be able to install Mavericks or Mountain Lion, and even if you could get those on the laptop, performance would be an issue.
I sell Macbook duo cores on Craigslist. Most I load Snow Leopard on with a SSD but I dual boot Windows 10 and or a version of Linux. These machines tend to only have 2gb ram and run better with Windows or Linux then OS X. Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion are no longer supported by Apple. While the hacks can get you to Mavericks or beyond unless its a Macbook Pro I just wouldn't.
Google reFind. Use it and Linux distros like MINT or Ubuntu or Arch and try them out. Take note of CPU and Ram use. Its lower then OS X. If you don't want to go through the hassle of making your Linux install look like OS X use distros like Elementary OS or Zorin or Pear OS. Windows requires extra drivers. Check out the Bootcamp updates or find drivers for sound, etc. on-line. On a budget? These units are around $50.00 on Ebay. A 128 SSD is $40.00 or less. Some have 4gb ram.
If you mean Macbook White late 2007 so you can do upgrade to Lion 10.7.5, but if you want to do some geek trick you can upgrade it to Yosemite as I do. There is many tutorial you'll find on internet how to force upgrade unsupported OS to your MB white. I already try Mountain Lion, Maverick and Yosemite on my MB White late 2007. And yes it is just wasting your time because your hardware won't run optimal on those OS. So stay on Lion or Snow Leopard.
While Apple only supports up to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion officially on the late 2007 MacBook, using the help of MLPostFactor, you can install up to OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion unofficially.
Just beware that there might be some issues due to the incompatibility of newer OS software on officially unsupported hardware.
Now MacPostFactor will allow the installation of OS X 10.8.5 on our older unsupported MacBooks. It can also install 10.9 but without accelerated graphics, so I wouldn't recommend it.
I had serious problems on my 2007 macbook pro when I upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite, so I had to go back to Mavericks. The computer worked fine and, as I was considering purchasing another macbook, I decided to try to upgrade to El Capitan as a last attempt to keep this workhouse of a computer. To my surprise, I saw that the app store allowed me to download the upgrade and I figured I had nothing to lose. I thought everything was going to freeze up and not work, but everything worked perfectly. Please note, that I do not use any processor (graphics or otherwise) intensive programs and use this computer mostly for email, web browsing and excel work. Therefore, I would not do the upgrade if you intend on using any programs that work fine on the current OS you are running. That being said, the best thing about the upgrade is that it gave this old horse new life and allowed me to use imessage, as well as pick up phone calls from my iphone, on the laptop. I was surprised it work. Now, I'm wondering if I should upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, along with replacing the superdrive which died two years ago, and try to get another two years out of this bad boy. I hope this post helps.
Upgraded the hard drive to a Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT275MX300SSD1 - 256 gigs and am loving it. As you stated, the SSD change was not dramatic but it did speed it up just enough to get another few years from this bad boy. Thanks.
mine is working fine with yosemite ...
Macbook pro late 2007 / 2Gb RAM / Original HD........
edit : it's my first mac, found in a garbage, no modifications yet. I'll try with 4Gb and a SSD when i'll have the money to buy.
There are hacks such as Macpostfactor and others that can be used to place Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosmite and even El Captain on unsupported Macbooks, iMacs and even older machines. Look on Youtube for instructions. Many users have have great success with these methods.
Newer versions of OSX are not going to always run well on unsupported Macs. Don't get me wrong they work but these older machines simply lack the graphic cards to always do well. Nothing run with trying the hacks though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uESlYP1u... Personally I'd go with Linux. Elementary OS runs fine on these machines. This is cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sR-uMTc...
Unless you have Apple software you have to run I'd move on.
One could also clone the current hard drive to a SSD (Solid State Drive) which would result in no need to re-install any OS, and since SSD's have no moving parts to fail they are more robust then clunky old drives. SSD's will also make the battery last longer since they use much less power to operate, waking up from sleep is also much faster. I use them in everything I can.
You can use OS X 10.7 (lion). That is very similar to ML.
You can use clover too boot and download the .app from the app store using Virtualbox you need 4GB and a iso of MacOS. Also the keyboard and touchpad don't have a driver. Also there's a guide on tonymacx86 for 10.12 beta.
I have a Macbook Pro 2.33 late 2006 with SSD, so still pretty fast with Snow Leopard. I find Lion a bit slow compared to Snow Leopard. Would like to try Mountain Lion due to compatibility with a few of my apps.
People have mentioned that Safari doesn't work well with Mountain Lion. Is it only Safari, or all browsers?
Not a deal breaker, as I use Firefox anyway.
So, how does Mountain Lion run on that Macbook Pro? Faster than Lion but slower than Snow Leopard?
well, I believe the original subject was intended to cover the late 2007 mac 3.1 firmware whitebook. that being said, some in here have indicated that an upgrade to later than Lion is possible. Honestly, I would like to be able to do this. I don't have a need for graphics as I am blind, so that shouldn't be an issue. does anyone happen to have the method I can use to get around the GPU requirement in t. Lion or later? I simply do not have the income to afford even a refurbished later model (not even a low end mac mini).
While I love MacOS these older machines just aren't really designed to work well with the most current versions of OS X or MacOS. Yes you can get Mountain Lion , Mavericks or Yosemite to work but I suggest Linux or the nice, CloudReady. https://www.neverware.com/freedownload/
Here is a link to its use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sR-uMTc...
Windows 10 32 bt also runs well. A cheap SSD can be added for under $30.00. So unless you simply have to use OS X or MacOS. Try Linux or Windows or the great Cloudready. Linux and Cloudready are both free.
I have an a1186 Mac Pro, I would like to upgrade further than 10.7.5 can anyone help me with that.
500gb sata HD
2.66 intel Xeon processors
Hello sir I have macbook 2007 model I remove os and installEd winods on but yet I wanted to return I think os lion will run but I can't not get it in boot file on pakistan
I have a late 2007 MacBook I would like to completely update it to this year how can I do that because this MacBook is not supported by apple anymore and I really love this MacBook please HELP