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Which OS X version is best for a MacBook Pro from 2009?

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009, with a 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo and 8 GB RAM. I am running Mavericks on it, but I find that it can be slow when it is accessing the disk a lot, and it runs hot. It meets the minimum spec for Mavericks but I am thinking that I am over-stretching it. I am planning to upgrade the 500GB HD to a 1TB hybrid. Would this be better able to run Mavericks or should I think of stepping back to something like Snow Leopard when I change the hard disk?
posted by Grinder on Jun 27, 2014 - 10 answers

How to download videos in Safari 7.0 like could be done on Snow Leopard?

I'm all ready to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9) except for one thing. On Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I am able to open Safari's "Activity window" and see most video files as they're loading there (however, not certain sites like Hulu). From that window, it's an easy Option-Click to download said video file. Safari 7.0 doesn't have this ability. Is there a Safari 7.0 add-on or something that will bring this ability back to Safari? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Hope and Change vs Fear and Loathing - going from OSX 10.6.8 to OSX 10.9

What to expect, what to watch out for, does upgrading make sense at this iteration, is it going to be a disappointing hassle or a marvelous new world? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Oct 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Restoring Mac using Time Machine... exactly how do I do this?

I did a bad bad thing and it should be a rather simple to correct it but sadly, I've never understood how Time Machine works. [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 on Sep 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Why is my MacBook so slow and will downgrading to Snow Leopard help?

(Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody MacBook. Currently running Mountain Lion. 2GHz C2D, 2GB 1067 DDR3.) Over the past year or so, it's been slowing down significantly. I'm getting lockups, especially with web browsers (I use Chrome most of the time, Safari on occasion) where I get the pinwheel for quite a while. It takes a decently long time to boot up. And when I open it up, it usually takes a minute or so to fully exit sleep mode and become usable again. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Mountain Lion, New SSD - what's destroying my battery life?

So, I've made the fatal mistake of performing several upgrades at once, and I could do with some advice on where to go now... is my problem with charging time and battery life my new SSDs, my new OS, or something else entirely? Generic snowflake details to follow: [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Upgraded to Snow Leopard and CS6...Why So Many Unsupported Fonts?

After switching to a different (and recently upgraded) Mac at work, FontDoctor is finding bushels of "Unsupported Fonts." We're talking big name fonts, too: some of my NeutraText weights, a bunch of Futura and Helveticas, Times CY, and many others. When I try to add the unsupported fonts to a set in Suitcase, the problem pops up as "Missing Printer File." Is there a reason that upgrading from 10.5 to Snow Leopard would have rendered so many fonts unusable? Did I transfer over the wrong font files or something? How the heck are the fonts working on one Mac, but not the other? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Feb 12, 2013 - 5 answers

My Macbook with Leopard wants to play in the snow! Rawr!

Upgrading a mid-2008 aluminum macbook from leopard to snow leopard (and eventually on to Lion). The superdrive is broken, and I am trying to boot the OS from a usb drive but having problems. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Nov 18, 2012 - 4 answers

What is the best free (open source) Office software for Mac Snow Leopard?

I just installed a new hard drive in my older (early 2008, 4 GB ram) macbook pro laptop and installed Snow Leopard. I need an office application, something like Open Office. What's the best current "stable" version of this OSS software for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion.

OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion. 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16 GB of ram... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

June 2012: Lion to Snow Leopard; Rosetta I Love You.

Can I downgrade a June 2012 Macbook Pro that comes preinstalled with lion to snow leopard? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Jul 23, 2012 - 13 answers

PDF = Portable Document FAIL

Please help me thwart the evil Adobe empire so that I can read the Valve Handbook for New Employees (and other .pdf files) on my Macbook again! Recently, Adobe Reader told me an updated version was available. Obviously delusional, I went ahead and updated my perfectly-working 9.4 to the new version 10, and now I can no longer view pdf documents in Chrome (18.0.1025.163), my browser of choice. What now? [more inside]
posted by misha on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Brand new MBP slowing to a crawl

My sister has used a brand new 13" MacBookPro (w/ Lion) for several weeks, replacing her 4-year-old 15" MBP (upgraded to Snow Leopard). She's finding that, over the course of a day, the machine seems to dramatically slow - to the point where it seems much slower than her old machine. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jan 7, 2012 - 16 answers

Please, please help me get my Macbook Pro up and running again!

Help diagnose my ailing Macbook Pro! (VERY long—trying to provide as many details as possible.) [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Install OSX Lion on a RAID formatted drive but get all Lion's features? Reinstall without Snow Leopard DVD?

Lion upgrade for Macbook Pro but my laptop is RAID formatted - how can I upgrade to Lion, keep my documents/music/applications, and get the full features of Lion (which I can't do with a RAID formatted drive)? Am I doomed to format and do a clean install? Can I without the Snow Leopard DVD? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Please hope me!

In Snow Leopard (10.6.7), I changed my UID while logged in as the administrator. When I rebooted, a bunch of stuff changed and a lot of my settings were lost. It says I am the admin, but I can't make any changes or set any permissions. [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on May 10, 2011 - 25 answers

Reddit acting goofy in FF.

My reddit page suddenly started looking like this. What's going on? I'm on an iMac running Snow Leopard, with the latest Firefox 4. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 29, 2011 - 6 answers

OSX / Little Snitch Internet problem!

My iMac (running Snow Leopard) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet, and I think--but can't prove--that Little Snitch is to blame! [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Tiger to Snow Leopard in ? Easy Steps

I'm preparing to update my MacBook Pro's operating system from Tiger (10.4.11) to Snow Leopard (10.6.3). I've got the computer in front of me, and the installation disk's right here, too. What do I need to do other than just put the disk in and go? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

The problem is, I googled Google in Google Chrome. I destroyed the internet.

Yes, I've tried forcing an unexpected reboot, but I can't access Google, Gmail, or Twitter. Weirdly, Microsoft.com, Hotmail, Facebook, and Bing (and obviously AskMe!) all load with no problem whatsoever. And it's only affecting this computer (the only OS X machine) on the network! [more inside]
posted by aristan on Mar 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Clean up my PDFs!

Save a clean copy of a marked-up PDF from Preview? (Mac OS 10.6) [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Why doesn't this Just Work?

Snow Leopard DHCP Fun. I want to hook my NAS drive directly to the ethernet port on my Mac. I also want it to have a static IP. How do these things work out? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Jul 28, 2010 - 15 answers

What can I do with my new toy?

Lifelong PC user that just bought an Apple laptop. What are the first things I should do to make my experience great for years to come? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jun 14, 2010 - 24 answers

Snow Leopard, Time Machine, clean install without losing ability to roll back to the snapshots of the previous install.

Snow Leopard, Time Machine, clean install without losing ability to roll back to the Time Machine snapshots of the previous install or add new backups to the same sequence of backups. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Bluetooth problems with Macbook Pro

I've got a late 2008 Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard. Since installing Snow Leopard, my bluetooth mouse and keyboard (Logitech MX5500 Mouse and Keyboard combo) seem to get disconnected when the computer is n sleep mode, and I can't reactivate them simply by using them. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Mar 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I get a Mac Pro Junior rather than a Frankenstein?

How can I build a Hackintosh with the minium amount of fuss? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Mar 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Why is my dock so slowwww?

Slow snow leopard dock; why does it think I'm right clicking? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg on Mar 12, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I make Mac apps self-minimize?

How can I automatically minimize a running application to the dock? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Feb 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Crap, I missed ANOTHER meeting?

How can I integrate my company's Microsoft Exchange 2003 calendar with Mail.app and iCal on Snow Leopard? I don't fully understand how Exchange and Outlook work on PCs but I need to make it happen on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 2, 2010 - 10 answers

How to play a game remotely?

I have two computers, a Mac and a PC. Can I set up my network so that I can play a game on the PC and view it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Jan 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Which budget audio interfaces work with XP and Snow leopard?

Which budget audio interfaces work with XP and Snow leopard? Is there a clear best-in-class at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jan 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Keyword search for Snow Leopard Safari

Is there a plugin for location bar keyword searches in 64-bit Safari on Snow Leopard? I love Keywurl, but support has been "coming soon" for months.
posted by danb on Jan 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Ugly OSX Snow Leopard Freeze - at a loss.

Bizarre OSX Snow leopard problem. MBP unibody, 3.06 core2 duo. 8 GB ram. 500 Gig 5400 RPM drive. OSX 10.6.2 Starting about four weeks ago, my system slowly spins out of control - dock/finder/force quit become some of the first apps to fall. This ends in a freeze - UI responsive (mouse, some window movement) with the eventual need to force restart (holding down the power button) It's so bad that I'm constantly running the Console and Activity Monitor to see if I can find some clues. [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jan 3, 2010 - 25 answers

How to fix download links in Safari?

When I click download links (to .zip, .dmg, etc...) in Safari on my Mac running Snow Leopard, it does nothing. Or more specifically, it says "Loading" in the URL bar for a second as if it were about to load a webpage, and then does nothing. I have to right click and select "Download Linked File." How can I fix this behavior? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Where does OSX store user account info?

Got a new macbook pro... turned it on, went through all the user account setup questions, and then I decided to re-partition the hard drive and re-install OS X. After doing so, the macbook *still remembered my user account info* from the 1st setup. How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Dec 31, 2009 - 5 answers

Stubborn Mac Menu Bar Item

MacFilter: Help me remove a mystery menu bar item [more inside]
posted by razorfrog on Dec 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me recover a deleted MySQL database on osx

Where does MySQL store actual data in Snow Leopard? How would I retrieve a deleted database from a Time Machine backup? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How to scale up DVD playback on Mac?

In Apple's DVD Player app for Mac (or in VLC), how can I scale the footage beyond the screen resolution? (Or specifically, scale the footage to the full width of the screen.) [more inside]
posted by kidbritish on Nov 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Getting my OS X calculator back into the Dashboard

In OS X Snow Leopard, my calculator has escaped from the Dashboard and is always on my screen, and always on top. How can I send it back to the Dashboard? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Nov 26, 2009 - 2 answers

More MacBook Questions

I now own a MacBook Pro 17". And now I have some questions relating to MacOS and Windows 7, hardware upgrades and getting Applecare-on-the-cheap. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 11, 2009 - 19 answers

Snow Leopard upgrade

Does the $29.99 upgrade version of Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard come with iLife and iWork 09 like the box set, or will it update older versions of iLife and iWork to the 09 version? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Sep 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Lotsa kernel panics on OS 10.6 Snow Leopard w/ MacBook

Why does my MacBook keep kernel panic'ing under 10.6? Log dumps inside! [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Sep 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Backing up a Macbook

I've received a new 320GB hard drive that I want to fit in my Macbook which is still running OSX Tiger. I also want to install my Snow Leopard Box set. I need to back all my data up on an external HD. How should I do things? [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Sep 5, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I cycle through windows of the same app in Snow Leopard?

How do I cycle through windows of the same app in Snow Leopard? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Sep 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Really weird Snow Leopard font problem

I just upgraded to Snow Leopard, and since then, some of my fonts are MAJORLY screwed up in iWork '09 (Pages, Keynote and Numbers). [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Aug 29, 2009 - 17 answers

Cookies and Apple Juice

I've been debating with myself for the last week or so about which Mac I should buy and when I should buy it. My brain could use a break from the back and forth, and that's why I'm asking for help. [more inside]
posted by trueluk on Jun 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Canis obliviosus

Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
posted by bonobo on Dec 30, 2007 - 9 answers

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