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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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(I live in Canada, might help you out on the prices seeming big etc) I noticed a lot of people saying that if possible to get the 512Mb of memory for the Ibook. But the price Apple charges for 256Mb is to much 130$. I went to Crucial Canada and I found a chip thats 512 MB that is 157$ after Canadian Tax. So thats double the memory for only 27$ more.
(Here's the website showing that 512MB card CLICK HERE

But is it smart to just get the Ibook with the built in 256MB of memory and then buy this 512MB memory card from Crucial giving me a total of 768MB. Will this void the warranty if I add memory myself? Is that the reason they charge more for when customizing memory? (JUST read that the 130$ on the Canadian Crucial Website is actually in US currency)
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I doubt it voids the warranty as they show how in the docs.

I've been messing with computers for years, and I've found as long as you get memory from a repatable source, you should not have problems.

I got a ibook G4 about a month ago with the 256mb on board, the bought a stick of 512mb Kingston "Value Ram". I've had no problems since.
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I barely know anything about quality ram. Could you check that website link I posted and let me know if that ram would screw it up or is it good?
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Sorry...

Yes Crucial is good, very good RAM. And that is a decent price. You will never go wrong with Crucial.
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Okay good, Ill consider doing that. I checked Apple's website for directions but I can't seem to find it. I wonder if they've added that model yet? I could probably use the directions from an other model couldn't I since the newer ones look the same.
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Directions are in your manual.

Take the keyboard off...
2 tabs at the top (between the "esc" & "F1" & between "F11" & "F12"
rotate towards you pivoting at the bottom lifting from the top

Take out the Airport Extreem box

Ram is below that

Put it all together again.

When putting the keyboard back in, seat the bottom edge first by sliding left & right slightly until it "seats", then rotate the top down.

Be certain that the RAM is completely in place, it will take some force.
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Great, thanks for the help Colday.
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And watch out cause the keyboard is flimsy.
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And NO, it won't harm your warranty, as airport extreme and RAM are considered User-servicable parts by Apple, which means it's ok

Apple just like to earn a bit more on the accessories, so that's why their RAM is a bit more expensive than say crucial's...
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So if I screwed my computer up somehow by changing the ram it wouldn't void the warranty and they'd still fix it?
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I got a stick of 512mb ram from Summit Direct(canadian) for $134+tax. its working great in my ibook g4.
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My mom's a bit freaked out about the fact that I would be changing the ram. I have two questions.

1. If I happened to screw up in putting ram it and it somehow screwed the ibook up Apple would not fix it right? Since I think it read "We will not fix damages made by non Apple Specialists. Is it even possible to severely screw your computer up changing ram?

2. How much experience do you consider needed to try this? I doesn't look to hard but I could be missing something.

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I haven't changed the Ram in an iBook but I have in other various laptops, it is easy, I think you would have to try really hard to mess something up.
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How easy?

That is tough to answer. *I* think is is very easy (as do others). How adept are you in mechanical/electronic work? Can you look at something and be able to figure how it should come apart?

If you are squeamish (and it sounds like you are), then you might want to have someone else (Apple repair) do it for you. Our moms are not always great at judging our abilities!

The keyboard is flimsy and is tethered by a thin ribbon cable. The Airport Extreme card is held in place by a funny wire clip. Again, the memory does take some force (a bit more than you might feel comfortable exerting), but does clip right in.

All in all it is your choice.

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Yeah, if you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't do it.
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