Apple Macbook 13" (Aluminium Late 2008) MacBook5,1 Installation Guides and Specifications

Model ID: MacBook5,1 How to find your Mac's Model ID

Upgrading the Apple 13" MacBook (Aluminum, Late 2008) is very easy. You can add some RAM, replace a faulty Hard Drive or just get a new SSD with a higher capacity and speed. You can add a second Hard Drive by removing the optical drive, or you can replace a dead battery. You'll need is some simple tools, and the correct parts. We then urge you to follow the videos or the Apple manual provided on the links below.

Please see our Apple RAM Memory for Macbook Pro page to locate your  Apple compatible RAM Memory upgrade for your Mac, and we'll ship it fast from our warehouse in Victoria.

OWC Memory Install Video

OWC's step-by-step video of how to install memory in the Apple MacBook 13" (Late 2008 "Unibody").

OWC Skill Level: "Easy" | Duration: 4:36 |

Recommended Tools for the RAM upgrade:

#00 Precision Philips Screwdriver - Economy
Spudger - Apple Pry Tool Non-Marking - Nylon (Black Stick) - 922-5065

Hard Drive Installation Video

OWC's step-by-step video of how to install a hard drive in the Apple MacBook 13" (Late 2008 "Unibody").

OWC Skill Level: "Easy" | Duration: 4:03 |

Install Tips:
  • The 2.5-inch drive install instructions shown in this video are the same for a hard drive or SSD.
  • You can remove the optical drive and add a second internal drive to this Mac laptop with OWC's Data Doubler

Recommended Tools for the Hard Drive upgrade:

Macfixit 5-Piece Mini Toolkit
Spudger - Apple Pry Tool Non-Marking - Nylon (Black Stick) - 922-5065 
External Hard Drive Enclosure - Convert your existing drive into an external one
OWC Data Doubler

You will also find some of these tools plus more in the complete toolkit from Newertech under the following link:   Newer Technology 14 Piece Tool Set

OWC Data Doubler Install Video

OWC's step-by-step video of how to install the OWC Data Doubler in the Apple MacBook 13" (Late 2008 "Unibody").

OWC Skill Level: "Involved" | Duration: 7:01 |

Battery Installation Instructions

Macfixit Australia sell high quality battery replacement for your Macbook and  you will find them under this link.

MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Battery Replacement Guide from iFixit.

Apple User Guide for the Apple 13" MacBook Unibody Aluminium (Late 2008):

Apple Support Page user guide (PDF) - See memory installation instructions on page 42

Here is some detailed specifications as well as direct link to available upgrades:
Apple 13" MacBook (Aluminum, Late 2008)
Introduced October 2008
Discontinued June 2009
Model Identifier MacBook5,1
Model Number A1278
EMC 2254
Order Number MB466LL/A (2.0 GHz), MB467LL/A (2.4 GHz)
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo (P7350, P8600) ("Penryn")
Processor Speed 2.0 or 2.4 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
Cache 3 MB on chip shared L2 cache
System Bus 1066 MHz
Standard Storage 160, 250, or 320 GB (5400-rpm SATA) or 128 or 256 GB (SSD)
Link to upgrade tool & kits Tools for HDD and RAM installation
Link to internal HDD Upgrade to a new 2.5” HDD
Link to internal SSD Upgrade to a new 2.5” SSD
Media 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Link to external optical drive Get an external burner here
Trackpad Multi-Touch trackpad
Keyboard Full size (78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys incl. 12 function, 4 arrow). Illuminated keyboard on 2.4 GHz
Built-in Memory
Maximum Memory 8.0 GB (Actual) 4.0 GB (Apple)
Memory Slots 2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
Interleaving Support Yes
Link to RAM upgrade Upgrade your RAM here
Built-in Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen
Resolutions 1280 by 800
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Graphics Memory 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory (Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB)
Display Connection 1 - Mini DisplayPort
Display Modes Dual display extended and video mirroring
External Resolution Up to 2560 by 1600 pixels
Camera Built-in iSight
Wi-Fi Built-in AirPort Extreme card (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45) (support for jumbo frames)
USB 2 - 480 MBit/s
Display 1 - Mini DisplayPort
Audio In 1 - Built-in microphone, Audio out is user-selectable as analog audio line in
Audio Out 1 - 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack, 2 - Built-in speakers
Slots 3.0 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Hard Drive Interface 3.0 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive Interface
System Battery 45-watt-hour lithium-polymer
Battery Life Up to 5 hours
Standby Time
Maximum Battery Cycles 500
Power Adapter 60W MagSafe Power Adapter
Link to replacement battery Get a replacement battery here
Link to replacement charger Get a replacement MagSafe here

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