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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
    TattooedMac's Avatar
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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
    Any suggestions or comments please before i return the RAM

    I have a late 2008 White MacBook
    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.1 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00

    And i have today bought 2 x 2GB RAM, Brand Transcend DDR2 SO-DIMM 800MHz which as i thought and been told it is back compatible to 667MHz.
    I have just installed it following all Apple's instructions.
    I start MacBook and doesnt do anything apart from sitting on a black screen.
    Why ?? Is it the new RAM i purchased being faulty.
    Have googled and Transcend should be compatible.
    And as im sure im able to upgrade to 4GB not 3GB ??

    Any suggestions please as im 4hrs away from going back via shop for a refund.

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Where did you purchase the ram from?

    I always recommend OWC (macsales.com)...and I remember your fellow countryman "Harryb2448" also says that OWC has great service to Australia.

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Yea thanks for the interest Nick.
    I actually got at a local retailer.
    There Christmas sale had them each going at $59 AUD ....
    As i posted above this Transcend is compatible with Mac so wondering why i had know joy.
    Is the 1st time i have upgraded RAM so wondering if it Prob is faulty ...

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work

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    Sounds to me like you didn't get them seated all the way.

    I would take them out and then reinstall and make sure you get that last few mm's (with them square).

    If you do it right your thumbs will hurt!
    Rick - K6LE

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Thanks Rick ...... Have inserted them and taken them out 3 times to no avail but every time i do i put the originals in and they seem fine. Starts up like usual, so bc of this im thinking that it is faulty ram.
    Was just looking round for suggestions as to why THEY might not work.
    Dont think its the way i have installed them ...

    Cheers

    Will try again before i return them for my hard earned $
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Mate memory from a PC shop may not be compatible, low density and all that. Check out the specs from OWC, print them off and take back to the shop with you.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other.../5300DDR2S2GB/

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Hey mate .... Was going to PM you but didnt think you would be on this arvo.
    Have taken pigoo advice that both you and him both recommend OWC and have just ordered
    WC53IM2DDR4GBK 4.0GB Kit (2.0GB+2.0GB) PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SO-DIMM 200 Pin Memory Upgrade Kit but still unsure on the shipping, though have gone with the US postal Service: Express Mail international @ $30.10 .....

    Will take back to shop BC still cheaper with postage from OWC
    He is willing to take it back no questions asked which is good..
    Do you use the US postal Service: Express Mail international ?
    And how long does it take with what you use ??

    Cheers
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    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    I always select USPS (US Postal Service) for about $15.00 (cheaper option) and get delivery here in about seven days and you city slickers types should get it in five to six.

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Nice thats what i was wanting to hear ... Ill press the Pay Now button now..
    Thanks harry
    Be nice up your way this time of year
    Hot as in ACT atm ....

    Cheers
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Wow, that is really quick for USPS. Is that Priority Mail, Harry?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Quote Originally Posted by tattooedmac View Post
    Yep just sent order and its Priority Mail International Small Parcel ...
    Ah - Priority Mail, that explains it, thanks.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Wow, that is really quick for USPS. Is that Priority Mail, Harry?
    Yep just sent order and its Priority Mail International Small Parcel ...
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
    Arguing with a zealot is only slightly easier than tunneling through a mountain with your forehead!!!!!
    MoTM ☆☆☆

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work
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    I had a similar problem with what seems to be the same specs as my MacBook, except the cards I used were Kensington. I made a thread about it a while back, couldn't really get the problem solved, so I just left it at the same old 1GB.

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    4GB RAM upgrade didnt work

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    I purchase my memory from crucial.com best prices i have found as of now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD423 View Post
    I purchase my memory from crucial.com best prices i have found as of now.
    agreed...and they have software that will scan your system, find your ram, and take you directly to the page you need to order from...I've used the a lot with zero problems.

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