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  1. #1

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    Jul 08, 2008
    How much RAM can I put in my (older) MacBook?

    I know that this has been discussed a few times here and elsewhere, but I still can't figure out how much RAM my MB is capable of taking.

    I have a 2.1, Intel Core Duo, 1.83ghz, purchased in Dec 2007. It currently has a memory of 512MB, which is getting really slow with applications such as iPhoto.

    Iím looking to install Leopard on it, and have been told a 2gb upgrade would suffice. However, if I can put 4gb in it, then I'd like to so that it's extra speedy and I have the chips for any future upgrading.

    From what I've read on the forums, I can put in 4gb (but it will only 'see' 3.3mb), but when I asked my local Apple supplier they swore that it's only capable of handling 1gb chips (so 2gb total...). I gave them my serial number as well as all the info above.

    Please help - I'm so confused!! Just want to get the most of of my MB!

    Thank you!

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Your MacBook is capable of being upgraded to 2GB, max. The newer Core 2 Duo machines can have up to 4GB, but yours has the older Core Duo chip.

    Check out and use their memory selector, it will tell you all of the specifics.
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    Member Since
    Jul 08, 2008
    Sorted! Thanks very much for your help - much cheaper from that site too

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