1Gb SODIMM in 12" PowerBook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mstecker, May 13, 2003.

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    I'm trying to figure out whether or not (and if not, why not) a 1G SODIMM would work in a 12" PowerBook (bringing the total memory to 1.156G.

    I recall that when the 12" came out, the largest PC2100 DDR SODIMM made was 512MB. Now IBM makes a 1G part:

    http://www-3.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-46508.html?doctype=

    This KB article from Apple:


    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14870

    indicates that the maximum memory is 640 (the 128M built in with a 512M SODIMM), but is this a limitation of the memory controller? Or just a practical limitation of what was on the market when that was written? Anyone want to try this out for me?
     
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    iJon

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    it will work, its already been confirmed by another company who made them.

    iJon
     
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    Freg3000

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    It will work, but I think it will only see 1GB, not the 1152 MB or whatever it is. I think the motherboard (or something on it) limits how much RAM the computer will see to 1GB.
     
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    Anyone know where I can order one?

    Does anyone have a link for someplace that will sell me one of these today? My googling is turning up (shockingly!) a bunch of useless stuff.

    M.
     
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    Freg3000

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    Re: Anyone know where I can order one?

    Got 700 bucks? :) That is how much I remember it costing when I read about the 1 GB DIMM.

    If I find it, I'll post it though, no matter how much it costs.
     
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    QCassidy352

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    wow... $80 for 512, $1100 for 1 gig. Not exactly getting your money's worth there...

    It'll have to come down, but right now that's just crazy. over 50% the cost of a brand new 12" PB for and extra 512 RAM??
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -QCassidy352

    Commoditization my friend. I too am eagerly waiting for others to introduce these chips so we can get reasonable prices...
     
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    maradong

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    well even if nobody needs it :D but that meens the 17'' can hoold up to 2 giga of ram ?
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm so glad that someone else knows that a GigaByte is 1024 MB.
     
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    tjwett

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    Actually the 12" and the 17" have a maximum RAM capacity of 4Gb. Will we ever see an affordable 4Gb chip in the next few years? Probably not. :(
     

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