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MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)


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Hi guys!

I've got a MacBook Pro 15" with Mac OSX 10.5.8, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM. I think it's time for a RAM upgrade since it's becoming too slow. I run programs like AutoCAD and 3D modeling so it takes years to get work done. I'm pretty sure I can upgrade to two 2GB memory cards.

What should I buy (brand/model) that's not too expensive but will do a good job? Where can I buy it?

Thanks for the advice!
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Two great places to get ram:

OWC
Crucial.com

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What year is that MBP from? You might even be able to upgrade to 6 GB. Check your specs from "about this mac". What's your model identifier version? If 4.1 then you can do 6.

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Why yes it IS Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1 !!!
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So it's a 4GB+2GB? They don't do 3GB right?

Doug, do you reccomend OWC as well??

Thanks pigoo and Doug for answering so quickly!
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Wait a minute.... what's this I see in OWC ???

**Apple factory specification maximum 4.0GB, OWC tested to support 6.0GB
maximum RAM.

So there's a chance that I install 6GB and might not work or what?
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Yes it will work. If you want to upgrade to 6gig (instead of 4gig)...then go for it.

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Yes it will work. If you want to upgrade to 6gig (instead of 4gig)...then go for it.

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Allright then I just might! Thx!
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Yep, OWC, Crucial or Newegg.com are all good sources. OWC gets dibs for really good customer service and specializing in all things Mac.

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Plus they ship outside the U.S.!

Muchas gracias!
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More memory will definitely help with the applications you mentioned. What it will NOT fix however is your "mac is becoming slow." If you weren't simply referring to the fact you are now running more heavy duty applications, the slowdown could be caused by other factors - like an almost full hard drive.
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Hi Bob,

I try to keep at least 10% of my hard drive free but even so, it's slower than it used to be and when I do exceed that amount it becomes even slower.

I've got the Activity Monitor App permanently on my menu bar. On finishing startup the Used Memory indicates approximately 600MB (of 2GB). Applications like Firefox, AutoCAD and VirtualBox by themselves usually boost that mark up to 1GB-1.2GB. I'm hoping increasing the memory to at least 4GB will help make my mac faster... or am I wrong? Is there anything else you recommend?

Thanx!
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I don't know how big your AutoCAD projects are (I never used AutoCAD before) but you might want to store them on an external drive.
For me on my '07 MBP, I store all my Logic 9 music projects and samples on an external Firewire 800 HD. It cuts down on processor usage so no lags when I use Logic.

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I am sure you will see some improvement. Here I am not an expert and maybe someone else can answer, but I believe that 10% is the absolute minimum free space you should have for efficient operation on OSX. You might get more improvement from a larger internal hard drive if possible.
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I don't know how big your AutoCAD projects are (I never used AutoCAD before) but you might want to store them on an external drive.
For me on my '07 MBP, I store all my Logic 9 music projects and samples on an external Firewire 800 HD. It cuts down on processor usage so no lags when I use Logic.
My ACAD files usually range from 1MB-10MB. The thing is I do have to have on my computer most of my projects. I try to clean up and backup the older files.
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Hi Bob,

I try to keep at least 10% of my hard drive free but even so, it's slower than it used to be and when I do exceed that amount it becomes even slower.

I've got the Activity Monitor App permanently on my menu bar. On finishing startup the Used Memory indicates approximately 600MB (of 2GB). Applications like Firefox, AutoCAD and VirtualBox by themselves usually boost that mark up to 1GB-1.2GB. I'm hoping increasing the memory to at least 4GB will help make my mac faster... or am I wrong? Is there anything else you recommend?

Thanx!
I always say to immediately upgrade your memory AND hard drive. It looks like you can get the 6GB so I would go for that rather and the 4GB (There won't be a much of a price difference). You should also look into upgrading your hard drive to the highest you can afford, esp if your getting in that 10% range. I purchased my memory (8GB) off eBay for only $40. It will be even cheaper to get the 6GB.

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