MacBook 5, 2 (Polycarbonate, Mid 2009)

Introduced in May 2009, the MacBook 5,2 (Mid 2009) was a modest speed-bump of the previous MacBook. The processor speed was increased by 6.5% to 2.13 GHz. The hard disk capacity was increased to 160 GB. This MacBook model was shipped in a single configuration, with 2 GB of RAM. It was replaced in October 2009 by the unibody polycarbonate model.

MacBook 5,2 (Polycarbonate Model, Mid 2009)

Introduction: May 27, 2009.


  • Processor: 2.13 GHz. Intel Core 2 Duo (P7450).
  • Front Size Bus: 1066 MHz.
  • Memory: 160 GB. Optional 250 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB.
  • 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 10 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 the Trackpad and Keyboard

The user can 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 System Preferences (go there from Apple menu), once in System Preferences click Keyboard & Mouse, and then click Trackpad.

Here are 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.
  • You can also secondary click by holding down the Control key (ctrl) while you click.
  • Two-finger scrolling lets you 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 key (fn) while you press the Delete key.

Boosting Memory

This MacBook has two memory slots that you access by removing the computer’s battery. The computer comes with a minimum of 2 gigabytes (GB) of 667 MHz Double. Data Rate (DDR2) Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory (SDRAM) is installed. Both memory slots can accept an SDRAM module that meets the following specifications:

  • Double Data Rate Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (DDR2 SO-DIMM) format. 1.25 inch.
  • 1 GB or 2 GB.
  • 200-pin.
  • PC2-5300 DDR2 667 MHz Type RAM

It is possible to add two 2 GB memory modules for a maximum of 4 GB of memory. For best performance, the user can fill both memory slots and install an identical memory module in each slot. Important warning: Apple recommends that the user invites an Apple-certified technician install memory. Consult the service and support information that came with your computer for information about how to contact Apple for service. If the user attempts to install memory and damage the equipment, such damage will not covered by the limited warranty on the computer.

How to Install Additional Memory

Installing memory involves removing and replacing the battery. The following procedure includes instructions for removing the battery from this MacBook, adding memory, and replacing the battery:

Remove the battery:

  • Shut down your MacBook. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, USB cables, and any other cables connected to the MacBook to prevent damaging the computer.
  • Turn over the MacBook and locate the battery latch. Use a coin to turn the latch a quarter turn clockwise to unlock the battery, and gently remove it.

Install memory:

  • Loosen the three captive screws that secure the L-bracket, pull out the long end first to remove the bracket, and place it to the side (Levers on the memory slots spring out when you remove the bracket).
  • To remove a memory module installed in a slot, move the lever all the way to the left in one swift motion until the edge of the memory module pops out. Pull out the memory module. Repeat to remove the other memory module.
  • Insert the new memory modules in the slots: 1) Insert the gold edge first, with the notch on the left side. 2) Use two fingers with firm, even pressure to push in the memory modules. You should hear a click when the memory is inserted correctly. Note: The new memory module may have some residue on it from a lubricant that makes the memory easier to install. The residue is normal and should not be wiped off. c) If the levers don’t return to the closed position, move them to the right to close them. d) Replace the L-bracket by inserting the short end first and tightening the screws.

To replace the battery:

Place the right side of the battery into the battery compartment. Gently press the left side of the battery down. Use a coin to turn the latch a quarter turn counterclockwise to lock the battery into place.

Apple Model, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model: MC240/A .

Discontinuation: October 2009.

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


  • The MacBook’s graphics chipset used a portion of main memory as VRAM. Though reported as a 256 MB graphics system, the chipset actually used up to 272 MB of RAM.
  • 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).
  • Built-in microphone on your MacBook: The user can capture sounds with the microphone (located to the left of the iSight camera) or talk with friends live over broadband using the included iChat AV application.
    Built-in iSight camera and camera indicator light made possible videoconferencing with others using iChat AV, take pictures with Photo Booth, or capture video with iMovie. The indicator light glows when the iSight camera is operating.


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  • 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.


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