I hope this is allowed, I am reposting it in this forum it because it is really more of a windows/silicon dust question than a Mac specific question.
I may obtain a MacBook 5,1 for free soon, hopefully with just a bad battery or hard drive to replace. (Keeps shutting down without notice, both battery status & smart hard drive shows ok however.)
Anyway, if I can get it working I would like to convert it to a htpc running windows for a silicon dust prime cablecard tuner with windows media center. My concern is that since this computer is 5 years old it may be too underpowered.
Does anyone have an opinion? I am listing the MacBook specs below....
Introduction Date: October 14, 2008 Discontinued Date: June 8, 2009
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Geekbench: 2804/3124*
Processor Speed: 2.0 GHz Processor Type: Core 2 Duo (P7350)
Details: *The Intel "Core 2 Duo" 45 nm "Penryn" (P7350) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.
Custom Speeds: N/A Architecture: 64-Bit
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 1066 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 2.0 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k L2/L3 Cache: 3 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1066 MHz
Details: Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM.
Standard RAM: 2 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB*
Details: 2 GB of RAM is installed as two 1 GB modules, no slots free.
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. Originally, this model was only unofficially capable of stably supporting 6 GB of RAM, but as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, it is capable of supporting 8 GB of RAM if updated to Boot ROM Version MB51.007D.B03 and running MacOS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or higher.
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 2
Video Card: GeForce 9400M VRAM Type: Integrated
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.
Standard VRAM: 256 MB Maximum VRAM: 256 MB
Built-in Display: 13.3" Widescreen Native Resolution: 1280x800
Details: 13.3" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; [and] 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio".
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560x1600
Details: The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
Standard Hard Drive: 160 GB (5400 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Standard Optical: 8X DL "SuperDrive" Standard Disk: None
Details: Apple reports that this slot-loading "SuperDrive" (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW" and a maximum read speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD".
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: None
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports.
Expansion Slots: None Expansion Bays: None
Details: No expansion slots or bays provided.
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (4 Finger)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook (Unibody)
Apple Order No: MB466LL/A Apple Subfamily: Late 2008 Aluminum
Apple Model No: A1278 (EMC 2254) Model ID: MacBook5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1278 Model Number, the 2254 EMC Number, and the MacBook5,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 45 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 5 Hours
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.5 (9F2114) Maximum MacOS: Current*
Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)**