Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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down load os sierra

I have 2 MacBook Pros running El Capitan OS

I can't find a way to get this off multiple sources due to damaged or non available means to get the upgrade.


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Looks like El Capitan 10.11.6 may be your highest system you can go. Please go here and enter your serial numbers to verify. The max OS is listed close to the bottom of the page.


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The mid 2010 MBP is listed as compatible for Sierra



It depends on the year on these. The 2009/10 goes up to 10.11, but the 2011 can run 10.13. However, the issue with the 2011's is the GPU failure means you either hope it lasts a while or you need to permanently disable the GPU using the dosdude1 tool, because ALL of them will sadly fail in due time.
Note: The GPU can be soft disabled, but this is easily undone with a NVRAM reset. It's better to permanently disable it. You also lose the 2nd monitor option as well when you disable it, and that goes with the soft and hard disable methods.

I looked into this because when I got my 2011 MBP after an issue with an A1181, yes I did look into getting another 17" since I had the 2009 AG. What ended the search was the GPU problems. If it wasn't for these bad GPUs I'd have a 2011 17", and I'd happily deal with the weight of these for the AG screen alone.
It's sad -- the 17" was coveted for the screens for years even after they were discontinued, then the "modern" 17" was killed due to GPU issues which are completely unrepairable without losing dual display support. Losing the 17" in it's old form still hurts a little, but we got the 17" back with the M1 16" DCI-P3. We lost the 2011 in it's old form, but got the screen that made them special back. Yes, we loved the 17" THAT much, which is why I wanted it back in 2011 form before the GPU mess.


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I have 2 2011 17" MBPs , 1-2.4 & 1-2.5 that I intend to keep for as long as I can.

I looks like it's time to shed the older ones soon.

Thanks for clarifying this for me.


Is there still a way I can download the OS Sierra for future use?





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