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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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    Question MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
    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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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    Two great places to get ram:

    OWC
    Crucial.com

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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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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.

    Doug

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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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    4.1
    Why yes it IS Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1 !!!
    This is gonna be good.
    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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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    Yes it will work. If you want to upgrade to 6gig (instead of 4gig)...then go for it.

    - 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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Yes it will work. If you want to upgrade to 6gig (instead of 4gig)...then go for it.

    - Nick
    Allright then I just might! Thx!

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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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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.

    Doug

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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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    Plus they ship outside the U.S.!

    Muchas gracias!

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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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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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    MacBook Pro 15" memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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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.
    MBP 3,1 & 4,1 w/ Vertex 4 SSD | Logic Pro 9 | Ableton Live 8 | Traktor Pro 2 | AKAI MPK-49 | Roland MV-8000, TR-808 & TR-909 | Ensoniq ASR-10 | x0xb0x #911 | Denon DN-MC6000 | (3) Technics SL-1200MK1 | 3000+ vinyl records

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    MacBook Pro 15&quot; memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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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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    MacBook Pro 15&quot; memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUKE179r View Post
    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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    MacBook Pro 15&quot; memory upgrade (ADVICE PLEASE)
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    Quote Originally Posted by scarna View Post
    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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