MacBook 5, 2 (Polycarbonate, Early 2009)

Introduced on January 21, 2009, the MacBook 5, 2 was a feature-bump of the existing low-end white MacBook model. The processor ran at a slightly slower clock-rate. The amount of RAM was doubled to 2 GHz. The bus speed was increased to 1066 MHz. The graphics chipset received a significant upgrade. This MacBook model was shipped in a single configuration, and was replaced in June 2009 with a new model.

MacBook 5, 2 (Polycarbonate Model, Early 2009)

Introduction: January 21, 2009.


  • Processor: 2.0 GHz. Intel Core 2 Duo (P7350).
  • Front Size Bus: 1066 MHz.
  • Memory: 2 GB (two 1 GB) 667 MHz PC2-5300. Expandable to 8 GB 800 Mhz PC2-6400 (4 GB supported by Apple).
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB. Optional 160 GB, 250 GB, or 320 GB.
  • Internal Slot-loading Super-Drive: 4 × DVD+R DL writes, 8× DVD±R read, 4 × DVD±RW writes, 24 × CD-R, and x CD-RW recording.
  • OS: OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” officially, macOS 10.12 “Sierra” unofficially with Sierra Patcher.
  • Display: 13.3-inch glossy widescreen LCD, 1280 × 800 pixel resolution (WXGA, 16:10 = 8:5 aspect ratio).
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9400M using 256 MB RAM.
  • Connectivity: Integrated Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n (draft-n enabled). Gigabit Ethernet. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • Peripherals: 2 × USB 2.0. 1 × Firewire 400. 1 × Optical digital / analog audio line-in. 1 × Optical digital / analog audio line-out.
  • Camera: iSight Camera (640 × 480 0.3 MP).
  • Video out: Mini DVI.
  • Battery: 55-watt-hour removable lithium-polymer.
  • Average Weight: 5 lb.
  • Dimensions: 1.08 in (Height) × 12.78 in (Width) × 8.92 in (Depth).

Using Trackpad and Keyboard

Here are some guidelines Apple suggests the users follow when working with trackpad and keyboard on their MacBook:

Use the trackpad to move the pointer and to scroll, tap, double-tap, and drag. How far the pointer moves onscreen is affected by how quickly you move your finger across the trackpad. To move the pointer a short distance, move your finger slowly across the trackpad; the faster you move your finger, the farther the pointer moves. To fine-tune the tracking speed in System Preferences, choose Apple menu to go to System Preferences, and then click Keyboard & Mouse. Next click Trackpad.

Some useful trackpad and keyboard tips and shortcuts:

  • Secondary clicking or “right-clicking” lets you access shortcut menu commands. To set this option, select Place two fingers on trackpad and click button for secondary click in the Trackpad pane of Keyboard & Mouse preferences. Alternatively the user can secondary click by holding down the Control (ctrl) key while the user clicks.
  • Two-finger scrolling lets the user drag two fingers to scroll quickly up, down, or sideways in the active window. To set this option, select Use two fingers to scroll and Allow horizontal scrolling in the Trackpad pane of Keyboard & Mouse preferences.
  • Forward deleting deletes characters to the right of the insertion point. Pressing the Delete key deletes characters to the left of the insertion point.
  • To forward delete, hold down the Function (fn) key while you press the Delete key.

Using the MacBook Battery

When the MagSafe power adapter is not connected, this MacBook draws power from its battery. The length of time that you can run your MacBook varies, depending on the applications you use and the external devices connected to your MacBook. Turning off features such as AirPort Extreme or Bluetooth wireless technology can help conserve battery charge. However if the battery runs low while you are working, you should attach your power adapter immediately and let the battery recharge. To replace a low battery with a charged one when your computer isn’t connected to a power adapter, shut down your computer. You can determine the charge left in the battery by looking at the battery level indicator lights on the battery itself. Press the button next to the lights, and the lights glow briefly to show how much charge is left in the battery. You can check the charge with the battery in or out of the MacBook. Important note: If only one indicator light is on, very little charge is left. If no lights are on, the battery is completely drained and the MacBook won’t start up unless the power adapter is connected. If this happens, plug in the power adapter to let the battery recharge, or replace the drained battery with a fully charged battery. The amount of battery charge left can also be checked by viewing the Battery  status icon, which will be found in the menu bar. The battery charge level displayed  in the status iconis based on the amount of power left in the battery with the applications, peripheral devices, and system settings the user is currently using. If you prefer to conserve battery power, you should close applications and disconnect peripheral devices not in use, then adjust your Energy Saver settings.

Charging the Battery:  When the power adapter that came with your MacBook is connected, the battery recharges whether the computer is on, off, or in sleep. The battery recharges more quickly, however, when the computer is off or in sleep, as the battery doesn’t drain because the computer does not perform any operations.

Apple Model, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model: MB881/A.

Discontinuation: June 2009.

Prices: This model was shipped in one configuration: US$999.


  • Though the processor of this MacBook model ran at a slightly slower clock-rate, other specifications were improved: the bus speed was increased to 1066 MHz, and the amount of RAM was doubled to 2 GHz.
  • The graphics chipset received a significant upgrade to the same chipset used in the more costly MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008).
  • The MacBook 5, 2 (Early 2009) was replaced in June with the MacBook (Mid 2009).


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