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    Making sure this cheap ram works
    Ok so I just need a quick fix because I want to upgrade to lion. I have looked for work arounds but just cant seem to find any for getting past the 2 gb req. So I have a

    2 GHz (C2D, Late 2006) MacBook 13" A1181
    2GB Ram

    Will this ram work?

    Hynix 1GB DDR2 RAM PC2-5300 200-Pin Laptop SODIMM

    Amazon.com: Hynix 1GB DDR2 RAM PC2-5300 200-Pin Laptop SODIMM: Computers & Accessories

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    I don't know if that will work, but I wouldn't buy cheap RAM. Since you have 2 GB already you have enough (barely) for Lion.

    You can up that particular MacBook to 3 Gb (Apple says 2 max). I would take a look at OWC for reccommendations on RAM.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    And second hand to boot?

    Personally buy memory from from Mac specialist such as OWC.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/MacBook/DDR2/

    Crucial also has a good name.
    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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    Hynix is a perfectly fine brand (Apple used to use them, may still do for all I know). It sounds like it is compatible, you should give it a spin.

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    Thanks for all the replys. I did a mispost and stated that my mac has 2GB it currently has 1GB..should I upgrade to 2 so I can have lion or will it even take 4? Crucial says 2 max

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    MacTracker says 3GB max
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Thanks I have never heard of mactracker

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    I got 8 gb of "high end" ram from a reputable supplier for my mid 2009 MBP.

    Less than 40 bux.

    Why go for the bad stuff?!?!

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    Thanks I have never heard of mactracker
    MacTracker has specs on all current and previous Macs. Good source of info. You can download an APP from the Mac APP store or the IOS version thru iTunes.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Your Macbook will for sure take 3GB. Only issue is you need one 2GB module and one 1GB. With Lion you might need the 3GB RAM. 2GB is the absolute Minimum for Lion.

    I do agree with Chas that Apple did use Hynix at one point and I have seen it for sure in a 2008 Macbook.

    I also agree that Crucial and Ram from OWC is the safest way to go. Go to OWC and look up your machine.

    Apple MacBook Memory DDR2 667MHz up to 6.0GB and up to 750GB Internal Hard Drive upgrades too

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    Hey I really appreciate it. I may just stick with SL as I havent had any problems. Thanks for all the info guys

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    ok one more question...I have no idea if this will work, but I have a compaq that has a damaged motherboard and crucial says it has (200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module) memorry and my macbook has (200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module ) haha this is probly supper nub but can the compaq ram be transfered to my mac? lol and just for fun if i cant what would happen besides just not bood and have kernal panics

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    The ram in the Compaq is faster and should work but what size is the chip? You will need 2 sticks. I would go with matched RAM and not one brand from here and one from there.

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    how do i know the size?

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