Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is it advisable to upgrade an early 2009 MacBook (2GB RAM, 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) from 10.5.8 to Lion? Under 10.5.8, the user is complaining about some 'slowing down' (especially after a few days w/o restarting). If we upgrade, how strongly is it recommended to increase the RAM (to 4GB? to 6GB?).

I'd love to hear from people answering based on either the specs or first-hand experience. Thanks.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro 5,1 2GbRam 2.4GHz When I updated to Lion, I had no major problems. I had always planned to upgrade my Ram so after one month I did 8GB When Apple said my MBP can only take 4GB. 8Gb of RAM cost $40 on Amazon, best investment I made this year.

share|improve this answer
    
I edited your post to include your link. Next time just edit your post or reply with a comment. Answers aren't really to be used as discussion pieces or posted multiple times in the same question (that's what the comments and edit button are for). Thanks. –  cksum Oct 19 '11 at 4:44

I had a white MacBook (early 2008), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HD. I upgraded it to Lion and it worked, although it was a little slow.

Then I bought 4 GB of RAM and it ran without problems (not blazing fast... but absolutely OK). I strongly advise that you upgrade the RAM to at least 4 GB: if you don't, the system will be frequently swapping.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.