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Hello there, i have a macbook black 2.4 and one of the ram slots seems to not be working as if i have any ram that slot, i get garbled/distorted video and the system freezes, but when i have any ram in the other 'good' slot it works fine.

If i bought a 4gb ram chip for it, would the machine work ok.

Is there any fixes for the ram slot? (apart from a new logic board obviously)

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That's really a strange error. Generally, when a memory module slot is defective it just refuses to recognize that the module is inserted. I've never heard of one causing garbled/distorted video.

I'm wondering if the area on the logic board where the slot is mounted is cracked? A hairline crack could cause some unusual things to occur.

You might be able to use just one slot with a 4 GB module inserted and the other slot empty. And there is no way to fix a defective slot without swapping out the logic board.
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Graphics problems being related to ram though not super common is not unheard of.

I think a 4gb stick should be fine but I am not positive.

I think your only option for fixing it would be a logic board swap.


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wow, thanks for the fast replies. I have spoken to an ebay seller and they said that this should work. I was wondering if anyone knows if this would work in the good slot i have, as i really want 4gb for my macbook.

4GB module Apple MacBook Pro Unibody 13"15"17" - 2009 | eBay UK
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Thanks for the fast replies. I have spoken to a local ebayer, and she said that this chip 4GB module Apple MacBook Pro Unibody 13"15"17" - 2009 | eBay UK
would probably work, but cannot guarantee it.

Does anyone know that it will definitely work?
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That module will not work. Your black MacBook uses the same memory as my MacBook. Here's what you need: LINK

I recommend buying the module from OWC (see link above) as they are Mac specialists and their prices are competitive.
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You need DDR2 not DDR3 (unfortunatly this means it will be about 70 dollars instead of ~30). I know your computer can take up to 4gb of ram so unless each slot is limited then any 4gb DDR2 laptopstick stick should do.

Here is a newegg link (they sell to the UK right?)

EDIT: Never mind it looks like they dont. Stick with OWC


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hi there guys. Would this module definitely work with my machine?

Komputerbay 4GB DDR2 SODIMM 667Mhz PC2 5400: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
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