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Old 07-07-18, 23:20
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Default Today's fun project: High Sierra on 2008 MacBook Pro!

Today's fun project: Installing the latest macOS on an early 2008 17" MacBook Pro!

Officially the MBP topped out at OS X El Capitan (2 OS's ago, not counting the upcoming macOS Mojave). With a simple software hack, you can trick the High Sierra installer to install and run on this and other ancient hardware.

I used the macOS High Sierra Patcher from http://dosdude1.com/highsierra/ to make a bootable USB drive using a 2013 MacBook Air (though I guess I could have done it with the old MBP as well).

After backing up the existing installation "just in case", less than an hour later I had a "modern spec" 2008 computer! Which, BTW, was given to me for free. I had already replaced the old spinning hard drive with an (also) older 120 gig solid state drive; now a larger SSD might be justified depending on what I will use this for (it currently has 100 gigs free, even after installing some useful apps).

The OS hack (as expected) broke the wireless, but a newer wifi card can be installed. And the current 2/2 GB RAM setup can be upgraded to 4/2.

But even in its current state, the computer feels surprisingly fast.
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PS: I upgraded in place over an El Capitan install, and kept the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatting. APFS was an option, and the post-hack treatment would have been able to address that, but I chose not to push my luck...
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Old 27-07-18, 05:31
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Is there a way to upgrade the OS on iPads? I have an iPad 3 and so hard to find something useful work on it or too often to get that annoying Error Message that This program won't run on older OS...
I guess there is a reason that I mostly buy Win or Android base devices. But if you know a way, please share.
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Old 28-07-18, 07:07
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Sassan, it seems that hardware limitations prevent older iPads from updating iOS to newer versions. Laptops seem to have a bit more flexibility.

As for Windows-based tablets (I never used one), how far back can you go with mobile hardware and still install Windows 10?
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