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Time Clock
Aug 15, 2008, 07:03 PM
I'm looking to add more RAM to my Dual USB 2001 iBook so apps don't crash so often. I only have a whopping 256 mb and it's frustrating to see apps crash frequently. Is there a manufacturer and/or online store that you guys recommend?

One more thing... will maxing out the RAM at 640 mb make that much of a difference in my system?

Thanks and if this is in the wrong place, I'm sorry.
TC



CanadaRAM
Aug 15, 2008, 07:06 PM
I'm looking to add more RAM to my Dual USB 2001 iBook so apps don't crash so often. I only have a whopping 256 mb and it's frustrating to see apps crash frequently. Is there a manufacturer and/or online store that you guys recommend?

One more thing... will maxing out the RAM at 640 mb make that much of a difference in my system?

Thanks and if this is in the wrong place, I'm sorry.
TC

If you are in the USA, I recommend DMS (http://www.datamem.com) or OWC (http://www.macsales.com)

Upgrading to 640 MB should make a noticeable difference in time lag and speed. However if your machine is crashing because of software problems or other hardware problems, then new RAM won't fix that -- you'll need to get to the bottom of why it is crashing.

WildCowboy
Aug 15, 2008, 07:09 PM
I'd recommend either OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com) or DMS (http://www.datamem.com). A 512 MB stick will run you about $45-$55.

You'll definitely see a performance boost by upping the RAM, but that machine can only do so much, so other limitations will become your bottlenecks. I run Tiger on the same machine (very light duty stuff) with 384 MB, and it's serviceable, but not great.

Edit: Too slow...the CanadaRAM is speedy.

Time Clock
Aug 16, 2008, 01:09 AM
What got me thinking that it was a memory problem was that after I updated to 10.4.11 from 10.4.9, everything started to crash. Safari and Quicktime were especially bad. I reinstalled 10.4.6 and I am now at 10.4.9... again

Ultimately, it's an inexpensive solution; I can't afford a new computer:(

And thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate them.

saulinpa
Aug 17, 2008, 10:28 AM
If you are having problems then you should run real memory tests. The Apple Hardware Test CD gives a quick check but may not find the problem. See http://guides.macrumors.com/Testing_RAM for other programs to try.