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ReverendDre
Apr 1, 2006
TheOneAndOnly



Title. At this point an Etch-a-Sketch would be an upgraded experience. My windows machine died so thrust into the world of Apple on wifeís MacBook with very little experience on how to resolve issues. Really just want to use this for web browsing that requires more than a phone, google docs, printing, managing music and documents.

Primary question: Would a ram upgrade be possible and improve experience significantly?

Secondary question: Am I missing any easy steps/software that would help?

Problem description: Donít know how much detail there is to give. Laptop takes forever to start and navigate. Opening apps is excruciating as is the first few minutes of using them. It kind of gets into a groove at that point and is usable until the next one is needed. Performance is decent at that point, can even play GeForce Now games!

Attempted fixes: Everything in this article:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/macpaw.com/amp/how-to/speed-up-mac

Cleaned up desktop, removed startup items, refreshed index, etc.

Recent changes: System updates and the stuff in that article above.

Operating system: MacOS Catalina 10.15.7

System specs: Model A1278
Mid-2012 13in
2.5 ghz dual core intel i5
4gb 1600mhz ddr3
Intel HD graphics 4000 1536 mb

Location: USA

I have Googled and read the FAQ: Yes
Many conflicting accounts of if RAM upgrade is possible, how much can it use, would it help, what type, voltage, etc.

Plz Halp Goons!!! I know zero about Macs so any info is valuable.

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Schweinhund
Oct 23, 2004

                                       


If you install Linux Mint on it, it will run like new and I think you'll be happy with it. It is a lot like Windows. You can reinstall MacOS if it doesn't work out.

https://www.linuxmint.com/

ReverendDre
Apr 1, 2006
TheOneAndOnly



Schweinhund posted:

If you install Linux Mint on it, it will run like new and I think you'll be happy with it. It is a lot like Windows. You can reinstall MacOS if it doesn't work out.

https://www.linuxmint.com/

Appreciate the link! Good to have this option in the back pocket. Going to try and keep the Mac intact as a Mac for now. Hoping this can just be a bridge to my next windows pc. Can you dual boot a Mac?

Schweinhund
Oct 23, 2004

                                       


Yes, not sure if you can keep your current MacOS install and do that, but you can install Linux & MacOS on the same MacBook.

You could also run Linux Mint off a thumb drive, but everything will reset to default when you log off. It should be good for browsing the internet though.

ReverendDre
Apr 1, 2006
TheOneAndOnly



Schweinhund posted:

Yes, not sure if you can keep your current MacOS install and do that, but you can install Linux & MacOS on the same MacBook.

You could also run Linux Mint off a thumb drive, but everything will reset to default when you log off. It should be good for browsing the internet though.

Another great option! Iíll look around for one of those to test it out. Thanks!

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



ReverendDre posted:

Primary question: Would a ram upgrade be possible and improve experience significantly?

Yes, more RAM would help. Using an SSD would help even more probably.

ReverendDre posted:

Many conflicting accounts of if RAM upgrade is possible, how much can it use, would it help, what type, voltage, etc.

This should show what's possible:
https://www.crucial.com/store/systemscanner

ReverendDre
Apr 1, 2006
TheOneAndOnly



Zogo posted:

Yes, more RAM would help. Using an SSD would help even more probably.


This should show what's possible:
https://www.crucial.com/store/systemscanner

Thank you! Iíll check that site out.

DOOMocrat
Oct 2, 2003



If you are comfortable with some disassembly, new thermal interface material/paste would probably help at this point too. If it's been run hard in its life and is now nine years old, it's probably crusty and not too effective. I would for sure go SSD first, RAM second, paste third, if I was trying the easiest route.

down1nit
Jan 9, 2004

outlive your enemies

Deffo do the RAM if you're gonna be using this for any length of time, ssd is also a correct move.

If either of those don't help, try changing the HD cable itself. Near 100% of the 13" unibodies have a defective HD cable that slows things drastically. In fact I'd order one out of caution anyway if you're replacing the drive to be an ssd.

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ReverendDre
Apr 1, 2006
TheOneAndOnly



Appreciate the feedback all! I think Iíll definitely be changing the ram and looking into the SSD and HD cable. The thermal paste and cleaning might be out of my skill set but Iím sure thereís YouTube guides out there.

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