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I just added 1 Gig of Crucial to my Macbook making it 1.5 Gigs (I had two 512 sticks in before). After the upgrade, my Macbook has been starting up really slow now. Anyone have this problem, or know how to fix it. I have a Core 2 Duo 2 Ghz.

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im no pro , but i may as well try and help, have you checked that both the memory units are actually being read by the machine ?? or this may be because it can go slower if both the memory units arent equal hope someone can elaborate on this,
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Take out the new stick and see if it restarts quicker... if it does, there's your problem...
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I have always been weary of buying RAM at a discounted rate from a 3rd party supplier.

I am hoping to upgrade my Macbook to 2Gb of RAM, but i figured it would be better to shell out the extra cost through Apple instead of the risk of Dead RAM, or even worse destroying your warranty and computer.

I may be wrong, but it seems that you might dead RAM. Going through sites that have really really cheap RAM makes me nervous. I am sure most of the time you will be satisfied with your purchase, but the other times it can really suck. And im sure I am able to install the memory myself, but I would much rather hold Apple financially liable for my computer
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The problem is, the Macbook runs better with two identical rams. By having two different sized rams, it actually slows down the computer slightly. I would recomend purchassing two same sized sticks of ram.
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The computer recognizes 1.5 Gigs, so I'm guessing the ram works just fine, I guess I'll try to take one out and see how it goes.

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I have always been weary of buying RAM at a discounted rate from a 3rd party supplier.

I am hoping to upgrade my Macbook to 2Gb of RAM, but i figured it would be better to shell out the extra cost through Apple instead of the risk of Dead RAM, or even worse destroying your warranty and computer.

I may be wrong, but it seems that you might dead RAM. Going through sites that have really really cheap RAM makes me nervous. I am sure most of the time you will be satisfied with your purchase, but the other times it can really suck. And im sure I am able to install the memory myself, but I would much rather hold Apple financially liable for my computer
That sort of thinking is so backwards to me.

You think Apple sells you higher quality RAM than a third-party vendor does? Just in case you can't figure it out, the answer is NO. Apple sells the same stuff that everybody else does. There's no specific brand Apple sticks with. The only thing that the various types of RAM have in common is the ridiculous price Apple slaps on.

You can get a 2x1GB set for literally a fraction of the price of what Apple offers. And to be honest, the cheaper set will actually be BETTER than what Apple sells.

Upgrading your RAM doesn't void your warranty. Buying from a reputable third-party vendor won't destroy your computer. You don't have to feel like you're getting shoddy hardware from a third-party vendor. In fact, places like Newegg have amazing return/exchange policies, better than Apple actually.

It's people like you who have this weird aversion to third-party vendors that companies like Apple are allowed to add ridiculous markups. But I guess you think the $260 extra you'll be paying Apple is just "insurance"....


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basically everything kash said i agree with.

is this the crucial RAM that has that mail-in rebate that was posted here recently?

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This is the one I got. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145048
I think it's the same one posted before.

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What Kash said.
The only way to know what RAM you are getting is to either buy direct from the manufacturer or a dealer like newegg.
And over and above that, this Ram purchased from the 3rd party supplier is from one of the top manufacturers of RAM. On the other hand, buy from Apple and you have no idea which company actually manufactured the RAM, nor will you have available to you the specs of the RAM you are getting.

The one rule I personally have for purchasing RAM - the manufacturer and the specs must be identified, including voltage requirements and particularly the timing. If the distributor is not willing to post this info, then they are purchasing RAM from whomever has it the for the cheapest price at any given point in time. There "IS" a reason for a seller not disclosing this info.

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This is the one I got. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145048
I think it's the same one posted before.
Why would you buy one 1gig stick for 69.99 when you can get 2 for 79.99?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233050
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At the time I bought it, it was $55 + $20 Rebate so $35 after rebate.

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I think you should get 2 of the same speed/size sticks
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I guess I was misinformed about the voiding of the warranty by unscrewing the memory plate casing. My bad. I was under the impression that if you did try and install memory manually and you were to damage your computer that you would be liable.


I was curious about this and asked a Apple Sale's Consultant in the store and he said that opening the case would void your warranty and it is possible that buying RAM from a a 3rd party could possibly be dead or ruin your computer. Maybe it was all a sales pitch to buy their products, you are probably right.

Do you have to ground yourself when installing RAM? I have seen the video tutorial and it looks fairly simple, but I am just curious about what prep or any steps prior to opening the casing you should take so you do not short out your computer. I am guessing step one is turn off the computer..ha

Thanks for the help and comment Kash! Thanks for setting me straight, Appreciate it!
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Upgrading RAM is very simple. Just make sure you're not wearing any socks or clothes that create a lot of static (i.e. wool sweaters). Be sure to do the work on a non-carpeted floor, or at least cover the carpet with something non-conductive (I use the plastic thing that sits under my chair). To ground yourself, just touch anything metal.

Then open up the RAM slot, pull out the old RAM, slide in the new, and you're set.

It may sound like a bit of work, but it's not that bad. Though I guess years of experience helps a bit


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