A Solid-State Drive Can Revitalize that Old MacBook Pro

Late-2011 MacBook Pro

I’ve had the same MacBook Pro (late-2011 model 8,1) since early 2012, and am no longer able to put new versions of macOS on it, as Mojave only works with newer models. Over the years it’s become much slower, and the 500 GB HDD that came with it – almost being full – is near failure, according to EtreCheck Pro.

For a reasonable price I ordered a 1 TB solid-state drive and data transfer kit from OWC and within a few days I was up and running on the new drive.

Between following the suggestions on EtreCheck Pro (like deleting unused 32-bit apps and uninstalling unnecessary daemons) and this new larger and faster drive, it’s like I have a brand new Mac – except that I still can’t install Mojave. Unfortunately, there’s no fix for that.

Java VM Issues While Installing Eclipse Neon on macOS Sierra

unsuitable JVM

When installing the Eclipse IDE, one must be running a version of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that is compatible with the version of Eclipse that is being installed.

I was trying to install Eclipse Neon on macOS Sierra, which is the most recent major release. Sierra ships with Java, but not the version which is required by Neon, which is 1.8.

As a result, upon trying to install Eclipse Neon, you will likely see a box that looks like this (except it will say 1.8 rather than 1.7):

unsuitable JVM

Though there are multiple ways to upgrade Java on the Mac, it seems getting it from Oracle is the only one that works from what I’ve seen.

To upgrade the JVM on macOS to 1.8, go to the Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment downloads page and get the file for Mac; I prefer getting the dmg package file:

Java SE downloads page

Install the Java SE package like any other Mac application and Eclipse can then be installed.