MacBook (2006)

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June 9, 2023

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Stopped in our local reuse shop today hoping that an old Apple Thunderbolt Display that I had seen earlier in the week would still be there, but as I was walking in, someone was walking out with it. As a consolation prize, there was a G4 iBook and a Matte Black /MacBook (2006) in stock. The MacBook was $10 and in need of a battery, but it came with an original MagSafe charger which would be useful for the /MacBook Pro (2006), and my /MacBook (2007) battery could be swapped in for testing and set up.

A matte black mackbook sitting on a walnut coffee table, booted to the default geometric blue wallpaper of MacOSX 10.4.

I took it home and checked it out, and it ended up being in great condition. It turned out to be the original Core Duo revision (MacBook 1,1) and not the Core 2 Duo revision from later in 2006, making it my first and only 32 bit computer. It should eventually be a great 32 bit test platform for the /coalescent computer. I luckily had 2GB of RAM sitting around from the /MacBook (2007) before it was upgraded to 3GB, which meant I was able to max out its RAM capacity without any new parts.