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    putting 3rd party memory into mac- okay? void warantee?
    Hello,
    I am sure this has been asked before; but unfortunately my net is super slow here and I can't search very well...
    but I have a macbook pro 13" and I want to max it out. It has 4GB ram and I want 8GB. The mac prices are huge but it seems third party is much cheaper. I have used 3rd party many times before with no problems.
    Does this void the warantee if 3rd party is used? Is there a way for them to tell if I needed service and went back in and put in the original memory?
    thanks,
    Micah

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    Memory and HDs in Mac notebooks are user upgradeable.
    This will not void your warranty unless you damage your Mac in the process of upgrading them.

    Apple Warranty: Installing Memory, Expansion Cards, User Installable Parts Does Not Void Warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightm View Post
    Does this void the warantee if 3rd party is used?
    Apple officially considers RAM to be a "user upgradeable item." So they're good with it.

    I can also tell you that, legally speaking, they aren't allowed to void your entire warranty just because you didn't use their upgrade parts or have them perform the upgrade. This was determined years ago in a legal case where a car company tried to void a warranty on a car because it was repaired by an independent mechanic who used non-OEM parts.

    They *can* refuse to cover under warranty any damage done to your Mac while doing the upgrade if you don't have Apple do it, and they *can* of course refuse to warranty the third-party RAM. But third party RAM is covered by the third-party's warranty.

    You should know that if at some point in the future you send your Mac in to Apple for repair that they love to almost automatically remove your third-party RAM, often even in cases where the RAM can't even logically be related to the problem that your Mac is having, and return it to you in a plastic bag with your repaired Mac. (i.e. they won't re-install it for you.)

    +1 on the recommendation of OWC RAM.

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    The student replied, "Here's an orange."

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    The student then recited, "Okay, I'd tell him, 'I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, claim and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat, the same, or give the same away with and without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding..."




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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    One day in Contract Law class, the professor asked one of his better students, "Now if you were to give someone an orange, how would you go about it?"

    The student replied, "Here's an orange."

    The professor was livid. "No! No! Think like a lawyer!"

    The student then recited, "Okay, I'd tell him, 'I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, claim and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat, the same, or give the same away with and without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding..."



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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    One day in Contract Law class, the professor asked one of his better students, ...

    Good one!

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