MacBook 5,1 (Unibody Aluminium)

Apple announced a MacBook unibody aluminium model (MacBook 5,1) featuring a new Nvidia chipset at a Cupertino, California with the tagline: The spotlight turns to notebooks. Made of a unibody aluminium case with patered edges, this model had an integrated Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics up to five times faster than the original MacBooks’ Intel chipset. The MacBook unibody aluminium model is thinner than the original polycarbonate MacBooks. The keyboard of the higher-end model included a backlight.

MacBook 5,1 Unibody Aluminium Model

Introduction: Announced on October 14, 2008.


  • Processor: 2.0 GHz or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P7350/P8600). Front side bus 1066 MHz. Speed: Chipset 1066 MHz system bus. System memory: DDR3.
  • Memory: 2 GB (two 1 GB), expandable to 8 GB (4 GB supported by Apple).
  • OS: Latest possible operating system OS X El Capitan.
  • Display: 13.3-inch LED backlit glossy widescreen LCD, 1280 × 800 pixel resolution.
  • Graphics:Integrated Nvidia GeForce 9400M with 256 MB shared with main memory (up to 512 MB available in Windows through Boot Camp).
  • Connectivity: Integrated AirPort Extreme 802.11a/b/g/draft-n (BCM4322 chipset). Gigabit Ethernet Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • Peripherals: 2 × USB 2.0
  • Ports: Mini DisplayPort, replacing the previous model’s mini-DVI port. Two slots for PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM (1066 Mhz).
  • Input: Multi-touch glass trackpad which also acts as the mouse button.
  • Input: 1 × Combined optical digital input/analog line in. 1 × Combined optical digital output/analog line out.
  • Video out: Mini DisplayPort.
  • Battery: 45-watt-hour removable lithium polymer.
  • Weight: 4.5 lb (2.0 kg).
  • Dimensions: 0.95 in × 12.78 in × 8.94 in.

Apple Order, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Number: MB466/A. MB467/A.

Discontinued: On June 8, 2009.

Troubleshooting with MacBook 5.1

Occasionally you may have problems while working with your computer, but if you experience a problem with your MacBook, there is usually a simple and quick solution. Think about the conditions that led up to the problem.

Keep in mind that making a note of things you did before the problem occurred will help you narrow down possible causes and find the answers you need. Note the following:

  • The applications which where running when the problem occurred. Sometimes problems that occur with a specific application, but not with the others might indicate that this specific application is not compatible with the version of the Mac OS installed on your computer.
  • Any new software that you recently installed, especially software that added items to the System folder.
  • Any hardware that you installed, such as additional memory, a peripheral, etc.

On rare occasions, an application might “freeze” on the screen. Mac OS X provides a way to quit a frozen application without restarting the computer. To force an application to quit:

  1. Press Command – Option-Esc or choose Apple Menu > Force Quit from the menu bar.
  2. The Force Quit Applications dialog appears with the application selected. The application quits, leaving all other applications open. If you need to, you can also restart the Finder from this dialog. Next, save your work in any open applications and restart the computer to make sure the problem is entirely cleared up.

If the problem occurs frequently, choose Help > Mac Help from the menu bar at the top of the screen. Then search for the word “freeze” to get help for times when the computer freezes or doesn’t respond.

On the other hand, if the problem occurs only when you use a particular application, check with the application’s manufacturer to see if it is compatible with your computer.

If you know an application is compatible, you might need to reinstall your computer’s system software.

If your MacBook freezes during startup, or you see a flashing question mark, or the screen is dark and the sleep indicator light is glowing steadily (not in sleep). The flashing question mark may mean that the computer can’t find the system software on the hard disk or any disks attached to the computer.

Wait a few seconds. If the computer doesn’t soon start up, shut it down by holding down the power button for about 8 to 10 seconds. Disconnect all external peripherals and try restarting by pressing the power button while holding down the Option key. When your computer starts up, click the hard disk icon, and then click the right arrow. After the computer starts up, open System Preferences and click Startup Disk. Select a local Mac OS X System folder.

If that doesn’t work, try using Disk Utility to repair the disk:

  • Insert the Mac OS X Install DVD into your computer.
  • Restart your computer and hold down the C key as it starts up.
  • Choose Installer > Open Disk Utility. When Disk Utility opens, follow the instructions in the First Aid pane to see if Disk Utility can repair the disk.
  • If using Disk Utility doesn’t help, you might need to reinstall your computer’s system software.

If your MacBook doesn’t turn on or start up Try the following suggestions in order until your computer turns on:

  • Make sure the power adapter is plugged into the computer and into a functioning power outlet. Be sure to use the 60W MagSafe Power Adapter that came with your MacBook. If the power adapter stops charging and you don’t see the indicator light on the power adapter turn on when you plug in the power cord, try unplugging and replugging the power cord to reset it.
  • Check whether the battery needs to be recharged. Press the small button on the left side of your computer. You should see one to eight lights indicating the battery’s level of charge. If a single indicator light is on, connect your power adapter to recharge.

If the problem persists, return the computer to its factory settings by disconnecting the power adapter, removing the battery, and holding down the power button for at least 5 seconds.

If you recently installed additional memory, make sure that it is correctly installed and is compatible with your computer. See whether removing it and reinstalling the old memory allows the computer to start up.

Press the power button and immediately hold down the Command, Option, P, and R keys simultaneously until you hear the startup sound a second time. This resets the parameter RAM (PRAM).

If you still can’t start up your MacBook, see “Learning More, Service, and Support” for information about contacting Apple for service.

If the screen suddenly goes black or your MacBook freezes, try restarting the computer:

  1. Unplug any devices that are connected to your MacBook, except the power adapter.
  2. Press the power button to restart the system.
  3. Let the battery charge to at least 10 percent before plugging in any external devices and resuming your work. To see how much the battery has charged, look at the Battery status icon in the menu bar. The screen might also darken if you have energy saver features set for the battery

If you press the battery button, and all battery indicator lights flash five times quickly,this means that your battery needs to be replaced. Contact an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP).

If you press the battery button, and the battery indicator lights flash from left to right and then from right to left, five times in a row, this means that your battery is not recognized. Check that your battery is installed properly in your computer.


  • The LED display replaced the fluorescent tube backlights used in the previous model which contain mercury.
  • The FireWire 400 port was removed in the MacBook aluminium model. Thus this MacBook doesn’t support Target Disk Mode, used for data transfers or operating system repairs without booting the system.


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