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kant
Aug 27, 2004, 08:27 AM
This site

http://www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2443&CFID=402524&CFTOKEN=7386214&RequestTimeOut=500

is claiming that their 1gb dimm will work in the G4/800 iBook. Apple says that the max memory in the slot is 512mb. Anyone know if you really can take it up to a gig?

Converted2Truth
Aug 27, 2004, 09:19 AM
From what i understand, those older powerbooks actually DON'T support that amount. They only take up to 512mb dimms, for a total of 640mb ram. They are also showing a different laptop on the picture to the right of it... I've never dealt with this website before though... so maybe they've jimmy rigged it...

musicpyrite
Aug 27, 2004, 10:14 AM
No, I think your iBook can handle, and use 1152 MB of memory.

Apple just listed the max amount at 640 because at the time Apple released (and tested) this particular iBook, 1GB dimms were wayyy to expensive.

So yes, I believe you can have more that 640 MB of RAM.

But most people will say the max is 640 because that is what Apple says, and they don't look any further for the information.

Converted2Truth
Aug 27, 2004, 10:22 AM
No, I think your iBook can handle, and use 1.28 GB of memory.
That could be an expensive mistake...

Darwin
Aug 27, 2004, 10:31 AM
That could be an expensive mistake...

True, but the newest models (with 1GB+ RAM) share the same design so it should be possible

musicpyrite
Aug 27, 2004, 10:35 AM
That could be an expensive mistake...

An expensive mistake that will NOT happen.

here is a link that will tell you that kant's iBook will hold 1152 MB of RAM:
http://www.lowendmac.com/bookrev/03/1114.html#4

Also, if you look at Mactracker, it also lists G4 800, 900, and 1000 MHz iBooks as able to handle 1.12 GB of RAM.

So, kant, go ahead if you have the money and buy a 1GB SO-DIMM.

kant
Aug 27, 2004, 05:58 PM
here is a link that will tell you that kant's iBook will hold 1152 MB of RAM:
http://www.lowendmac.com/bookrev/03/1114.html#4

So, kant, go ahead if you have the money and buy a 1GB SO-DIMM.

thanks for the info.

hmm. $269 for the dimm. minus the $120 or so that I'd get for the 512mb that's in already.

Is another 512mb going to speed it up enough to justify the $160 or so?

musicpyrite
Aug 27, 2004, 06:22 PM
It depends on what kind of work your using the iBook for.

If for word processing, email, internet and 2d games, then I'd say no, you will not notice more than ~5-10% increase in speed over 768. (10% is probbably even too generous) Spend your money elswhere.

But if you do work like photoshop, Maya, stuff like that, the I'd say yes, you'd notice an increase in speed over 768.