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2gb max memory... really...??


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Hi guys

Ive just started using my macbook pro again as Im ready to give up on pc's.

I bought it 3 years ago, here are the specs.

15 inch
2.16 Ghz Intel core duo (in the hardware overview it says "Number of processors: 1" )
2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
MAC OSX Version 10.4.11 (everything dloaded and updated today)

Ive been reading all morning that the programs I wanna run on it (adobe dreamweaver, fireworks, propellerhead reason and record) wont work great unless I upgrade a bit.

How can I do this as I have the max amount of ram already for this machine...?

Should I upgrade the software or is it a processor issue or is it all a lost cause...?

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Hi guys

Ive just started using my macbook pro again as Im ready to give up on pc's.

I bought it 3 years ago, here are the specs.

15 inch
2.16 Ghz Intel core duo
2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
MAC OSX Version 10.4.11 (everything dloaded and updated today)

Ive been reading all morning that the programs I wanna run on it (adobe dreamweaver, fireworks, propellerhead reason and record) wont work great unless I upgrade a bit.

How can I do this as I have the max amount of ram already for this machine...?

Should I upgrade the software or is it a processor issue or is it all a lost cause...?

Thanks guys
You can still run them. They will work just fine, just a tad slow at times.

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Thanks mate

If I wanted to speed this machine how would I do it....?

Apparently I cant add any more Ram, what else can I do, is that really the only option...?

I am a real amateur with mac's as Im sure you can see lol
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Thanks mate

If I wanted to speed this machine how would I do it....?

Apparently I cant add any more Ram, what else can I do, is that really the only option...?

I am a real amateur with mac's as Im sure you can see lol
Well the only other thing to do to speed up your computer would be add a faster HD. Either a 7200 RPM drive or a SSD. I would do the former, if you have the stock HD from Apple. This will increase boot times as well as apps loading. A SSD is proven to be the best upgrade, but they're still expensive and not fully functional (one thing they do is not supported by Macs) in Macs.

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thanks mate, nothing I could do with the processor perhaps...?

Just stabbing in the dark at the moment
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thanks mate, nothing I could do with the processor perhaps...?

Just stabbing in the dark at the moment
Nah, can't upgrade the processor.

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oh ok thats a shame.

Would I be able to update the operating system perhaps...? Then also get a faster hardrive...?
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Mactracker says that your model can be upgraded up to 3GB of memory. You can install 4GB but only 3 will be used.

Reinstalling the OS may help a little; it'll certainly reclaim some hard drive space for you. Have you tried Onyx to clean up your system? Do you have at least 25% of free space on your hard drive?
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thanks mate, nothing I could do with the processor perhaps...?

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Whether we're talking about a Windows or a Macintosh notebook computer...very very very few notebooks have an upgradeable processor.

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Mactracker says that your model can be upgraded up to 3GB of memory. You can install 4GB but only 3 will be used.

Reinstalling the OS may help a little; it'll certainly reclaim some hard drive space for you. Have you tried Onyx to clean up your system? Do you have at least 25% of free space on your hard drive?
Oh ok thats pretty cool then. This may sound simple but does it have to be apple ram...? Is it the same type of ram you find in a p.c...?

Just out of interest will it make that much difference as my processor isn't that fast...?

Thanks guys my hair is falling out at the moment due to all this
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Definitely NEVER purchase "Apple" branded RAM. It's the same as any other decent manufacturer, but HIGHLY overpriced. Most people here shop at either OWC or Newegg. In fact, I believe that OWC has an little app which tells you exactly what kind of RAM you'll need based upon your computer specs. That said, OWC is supposed to be a great place to shop with fantastic customer service, but I've also found their prices to be a bit higher than those of Newegg, when comparing similar items.

Corsair, OCZ, Crucial, G. Skill, Mushkin... All reliable chips worth consideration. One warning though, older RAM chips tend to be a lot more expensive than newer RAM, so you might consider trying to find someone either here, or maybe on eBay etc to get used RAM from to offset the difference. I actually swapped and paid a bit extra for memory for my older MBP with someone here.. went well and don't regret it.

Here's the OWC site with the upgrade matcher: MyOWC at OtherWorldComputing.com

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Would check the RAM again. Am pretty sure the 4 GB / 3 usable is for the C2D only. The Core Duo machines can only use 2 GB.

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One more question... Do you have the Early 2006 or late 2006 MacBook Pro. Because from what I'm seeing on OWC's site, if you have the late model, they sell 4 gig pairs for it, which I'm assuming means 4 gigs will work. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Memory Upgrades for your Apple MacBook Pro 2.16GHz (15-inch Intel Core 2 Duo) - Late 2006 at OtherWorldComputing.com


The earlier one would be: Memory Upgrades for your Apple MacBook Pro 2.16GHz (15-inch Intel Core Duo) - Early 2006 at OtherWorldComputing.com

which is one gig for $25

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Edit: I think Bob just corrected me. But would they sell them in pairs like that if they didn't work?
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Found this from Google:

Need to know how much RAM your Mac can hold?



So it appears that Bob is correct, UNLESS there was an software update that would have allowed the Core Duo's to squeeze in one more gig.. Is that possible Bob ?

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Edit: And actually reading that thread, it's also said those are just "official" numbers, and not necessarily what could be possible so....

I dunno. I say go for it if you have $25 burning a hole in your pocket!
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The Core Duo machines are hardware limited to 2 GB - these are the early '06 models.

The late '06 models have the same CPU speeds which makes it a bit confusing, are Core 2 Duo - my MBP is one of these. You can put 4 GB in them, this will maintain the dual channel capability and you'll notice my specs over there:
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I list 4GB, but they are hardware limited to actually using 3 GB.
About this Mac will indicate you have the 4 GB installed, but you'll only see 3 GB in Activity Monitor. Same running Windows, only 3 GB.

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