Apple Macbook 13" (Early 2008) Installation Guides and Specifications

Upgrading the Apple 13" MacBook (2008) is very easy. You can add some RAM, replace a faulty Hard Drive or just get a new one with a higher capacity. You can also replace a dead battery. All you 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 13" 2008 page to locate your Apple compatible RAM upgrade for your Mac

Please see our OWC SSD options for Macbook page to locate your Apple compatible SSD upgrades for your Mac

If your battery is dead or low capacity, here's a link to buy a Newertech NuPower battery replacement for MacBook

Apple User Guides for the Apple 13" MacBook (2008):

Apple Support Macbook 13" (2008) Memory RAM installation / replacement guide  (PDF) - Learn how to remove or install memory in your MacBook notebook computer.

Apple Support Macbook 13" (2008) User Guide (PDF)

Apple Support Macbook 13" (2008) Battery Replacement Instructions (PDF)

Apple Support Macbook 13" (2008) RAM Door (L-Bracket) Replacement Instructions (PDF)

OWC Video Installation Guide for Apple 13" MacBook (2008):

This video will help you replace your RAM and fix or upgrade the main hard drive or SSD drive. This video will also show you how to replace your battery.

Recommended Tools for the RAM upgrade:

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

Recommended Tools for the HDD/SSD 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

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

Here is some detailed specifications as well as direct link to available upgrades:

Apple 13" MacBook (Early 2008)
Introduced February 2008
Discontinued October 2008
Model Identifier MacBook4,1
Model Number A1181
EMC 2242
Order Number MB402LL/A (White), MB403LL/A (White), MB404LL/A (Black)
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo (T8100, T8300) ("Penryn")
Processor Speed 2.1 or 2.4 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
Cache 3 MB on chip shared L2 cache
System Bus 800 MHz
Standard Storage 120, 160, or 250 GB (5400-rpm)
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 Slot-loading 24x Combo or 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Link to external optical drive Get an external burner here
Trackpad Solid-state trackpad supports tap, double-tap, drag and scrolling
Keyboard Full size (78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys incl. 12 function, 4 arrow)
Built-in Memory
Maximum Memory 6.0 GB (Actual) 4.0 GB (Apple)
Memory Slots 2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM
Interleaving Support Yes
Link to RAM upgrade Upgrade your RAM here
Built-in Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen
Resolutions 1280 by 800
Graphics Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Graphics Memory 144 MB DDR2 SDRAM (Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB. Additional 16 MB is required when using an external display)
Display Connection 1 - Mini-DVI
Display Modes Dual display extended and video mirroring
External Resolution Up to 1920 by 1200 pixels
Camera Built-in iSight
Wi-Fi Built-in AirPort Extreme card (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45) (support for jumbo frames)
USB 2 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire 1 - 400 MBit/s (8 W)
Display 1 - Mini-DVI
Infrared 1 - For Apple Remote only
Audio In 1 - 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack, 1 - Built-in microphone
Audio Out 1 - 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack, 2 - Built-in speakers
Slots 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Hard Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (running at UATA/66)
Optical Drive Interface
System Battery 55-watt-hour lithium-polymer
Battery Life Up to 4.5 hours
Standby Time
Maximum Battery Cycles 300
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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