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MacBook - Memory Upgrade Problems


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I brought my brand new Macbook into the Geek Squad (best buy) for an upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB or memory (they used PNY memory).

It came back messed up, applications crashing, kernal popping, etc. Brought it back...they took out the PNY and claimed it was "bad memory" and put in Kingston memory, again 2 1GB chips.

Came back with the SAME problems.

Between that and other ridiculously bad problems with the macbook...i had to get a replacement.

Now I have this 2nd new macbook and i still have the Kingston memory chips.

few questions....what type of memory is THE BEST, and should i try returning the Kingston chips? How can I tell if the Kingston chips I have are bad, or if they just couldnt work on an already messed up machine.

need some major advice

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Kingston RAM is generally very good. Most of the major companies aren't prone to making large quantities of bad RAM. Kingston, Corsair, Crucial, Mushkin, OCZ and a number of other companies all make good RAM.

If the current computer is not having any issues, then no, there is no reason to return the Kingston RAM. And yes, it is entirely possible that another fault with the machine (a failing logic board, for example) could cause it to be flaky and crash-prone.

I don't know if it will boot on a Mac, but if you want to test your memory, try Memtest (if someone else can confirm that it will boot on a Mac):
http://www.memtest.org/

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The thing is, the Kingston ram isn't in my 2nd computer yet. I"m nervous about putting it in because of what happened with the old computer and PNY ram.

I think my next question would be: Can the Kingston ram be messed up in anyway, because it was placed in the crashing, first machine?
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Potentially, yes, though it is unlikely.

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I'm betting the geek squad never fully seated the ram in the slots. A co-worker just upgraded his (really, you shouldn't be paying someone to do this) and had to push until his fingers nearly bled.
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