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    Max RAM in Macbooks?

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    Max RAM in Macbooks?
    Hey folks,

    I've got a Core 1 Duo 2.0 Gigahertz Macbook, purchased around the middle of 2006. I've got 1 gig of RAM in there currently, and want to add more. Apple says that it only takes 2 Gigs max, but I've heard that's an artificial deflation to create a larger gap between the MB and the MB Pro, and that the MB can actually take 3 Gigs of RAM.

    Does anyone know about this? Please let me know!

    J

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    I believe that you can install up to 4gb but it will only be able to use 3gb, hope that helps you out.
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    Max RAM in Macbooks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    Hey folks,

    I've got a Core 1 Duo 2.0 Gigahertz Macbook, purchased around the middle of 2006. I've got 1 gig of RAM in there currently, and want to add more. Apple says that it only takes 2 Gigs max, but I've heard that's an artificial deflation to create a larger gap between the MB and the MB Pro, and that the MB can actually take 3 Gigs of RAM.

    Does anyone know about this? Please let me know!

    J
    The chipset of the pre November Macbook is the same as the Mac mini. It allows mismatched RAM modules and so you can fit 0.5, 1 and 2 Gb SODIMMS to a maximum of THREE Gb despite what Apple says. You can get 3Gb by fitting a 2Gb and a 1Gb SODIMM. The new model goes up to 4Gb in two 2Gb SODIMMS

    You need this 1 x 2Gb 667MHz DDR2 SODIMM + 1 x 1Gb 667MHz DDR2 SODIMM
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    Max RAM in Macbooks?
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    i thought the CD macbooks could only do 2GB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeier82 View Post
    i thought the CD macbooks could only do 2GB?
    Apple state on their site that the maximum RAM is 2Gb which is probably an artificial limit set by them in order to demonstrate a bigger difference between the Macbook and Macbook pro. They do the same on the Mac pro stating that it can only handle 16Gb even though it uses the same chipset as the Xserver. The reality is that the Macbook CAN go to 3Gb and the Mac pro CAN go to 32Gb.
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    officialy the intel base macbooks support up to 2gb of 667mhz of ddr2 so-dimm ram but you can install AND utilise up to 3gb but its more expensive as you are not able to buy packs so u have to buy individual chips, need more info? pm me

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    I thought the max in a core duo was 2gb and in a core 2 duo was 3gb. Sorry if I am wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reel1 View Post
    I thought the max in a core duo was 2gb and in a core 2 duo was 3gb. Sorry if I am wrong.
    I am talking about the pre November 2007 machine (when all of them were DVD). The CD only version may or may not be the same but I suspect it is.
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    Max RAM in Macbooks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac_OS View Post
    officialy the intel base macbooks support up to 2gb of 667mhz of ddr2 so-dimm ram but you can install AND utilise up to 3gb but its more expensive as you are not able to buy packs so u have to buy individual chips, need more info? pm me
    Just buy the SODIMMS from crucial and it works! Machine specific packs are usually more expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reel1 View Post
    I thought the max in a core duo was 2gb and in a core 2 duo was 3gb. Sorry if I am wrong.
    You are correct. Core Duo is only 2GB.

    Everyone else, now that there are THREE different generations of MacBooks out there, we have to be careful when making recommendations - we don't want to have people wasting their money.

    Here's the current breakdown:

    Core Duo Macbook - 2GB max
    Core 2 Duo Macbooks - 3GB max
    Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa Macbooks - 4GB max

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    Max RAM in Macbooks?

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    Okay. Cool. I have a Core Duo, so I'm supposing that mine only supports 2 Gigs. Thanks. I can get a 2 gig pack for $55 down at Crucial. Thanks for recommending that site, guys and gals!

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    Max RAM in Macbooks?

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    How do I know if I have a Santa Rosa macbook?

    Edit: Nevermind, figured it out. I guess 3gb is my Limit.

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    It's the latest generation released a few weeks ago, when did you buy your macbook? Check in system profile if your front serial bus is 800mhz then it's a santa rosa chip if its 667 then its an older generation.
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    I have a core duo 2
    I have 2GB(2 X 1GB) coming via newegg here in a few days.

    Ive just realized that I can go up to 3GB. Is it worth returning the new RAM to go up to 3?

    Is the difference between 1GB -> 2GB the same as 2GB ->3GB ?

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    Max RAM in Macbooks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trayns View Post
    I have a core duo 2
    I have 2GB(2 X 1GB) coming via newegg here in a few days.

    Ive just realized that I can go up to 3GB. Is it worth returning the new RAM to go up to 3?

    Is the difference between 1GB -> 2GB the same as 2GB ->3GB ?
    I would be interested in knowing this as well. I'm thinking of upgrading my Macbook's memory after the new year.

    Thanks.

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