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    Memory Upgrade Difficulty
    Hey all,

    I recently purchased new memory for my MacBook Pro (All Specs below).
    When I went to start up the computer after installing the memory, the MacBook just beeps constantly. Slow and steady beeps and they don't stop until I hold down the power button again and "Turn it off" though it never really turns on.
    I found a feed on the Apple site that gave a Key for what the beeps mean, but they only listed what it means if there are 1 to 5 beeps, I can't find what it means if the computer is constantly beeping.
    The memory I purchased is 1066 vs the 1067 listed on my specs...could that be the problem?
    I know the memory was installed properly, I have installed memory on several computers before (never on a Mac) and I know I touched metal before handling the memory to discharge any static electricity from my body. As soon as I put the old memory in the computer started up without a hitch. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I really need to speed this computer up for all the applications I'm running at work.

    THE MEMORY PURCHASHED:
    8GB 2x4GB DDR3 1066MHZ PC3 8500 SODIMM

    All the Computer Specs:
    MacBook Pro
    13-inch, Mid 2010
    Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63)

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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    The beeps usually mean that it's the wrong ram...or defective ram.

    You could try removing the ram...and "reseating" it one more time. If you still get the beeps...return the ram.

    - Nick
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    Mac memory is pretty specific. Here most recommend OWC or Crucial. 100% sure it is Mac memory?

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memor...o/Upgrade/DDR3
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    The receipt says memory for "Mac or PC". So perhaps it simply isn't specific enough?
    My boss purchased the memory from eBay, I think I'm going to order my own from Crucial and try again. Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamerdoc23 View Post
    The receipt says memory for "Mac or PC". So perhaps it simply isn't specific enough?
    As I mentioned above...the ram could be incorrect or defective. If it is the correct ram...it then could be defective.

    I would also suggest reinstalling the original ram to make sure that the computer is operating 100% correctly. If you put the original ram back in...and still have troubles...then the computer may be the problem...and not the ram.

    Quote Originally Posted by kamerdoc23 View Post
    My boss purchased the memory from eBay, I think I'm going to order my own from Crucial and try again.
    Excellent idea!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I put the memory original memory back in and the computer functions perfectly. Going to Crucial tonight...boss went cheap and I paid for it.

    Moral of the story: You get what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamerdoc23 View Post
    I put the memory original memory back in and the computer functions perfectly.
    Good deal. Most definitely sounds like the new ram is/was the problem.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamerdoc23 View Post
    The memory I purchased is 1066 vs the 1067 listed on my specs...could that be the problem?
    HELLO. Problem identified.

    Rule #314: NEVER buy RAM from a Windows-only dealer. ALWAYS use a dealer that understands that Macs are NOT "just another brand of PC."

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