2G Ram for 12" Powerbook?

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  1. EricChunky macrumors regular

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    is the 256 built-in module soldered ? is it possible to crack the laptop open and replace the original 256m momory module with a 1G one?

    thanks.:p
     
  2. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    nope, sorry to dissapoint, but the 256 module is soldered onto the logic board (i think), so its not possible!
     
  3. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    not possible, only can max out a 1.25.. sorry i'd do it if possible.. but 1.25 is plenty for the 12 incher
     
  4. EricChunky thread starter macrumors regular

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    sad :( but thanks for letting me know...

    i'll buy AppleCare then :cool:
     
  5. Kreamy macrumors member

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    If you wanna play with a heat gun, you can replace the on board memory, but it's costly, tricky, and certainly not for the faint hearted.

    If you wanna pursue, look for the Xbox ram upgraders and read about that ;)
     
  6. Josias macrumors 68000

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    You could remove one of the 256 dimms (the one not soldered on), and replace it with a 2 GB DIMM. Then you'll have 2.25 GB RAM:cool: the PowerBooks logicboard does support up to 4 GB...:cool:
     
  7. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    Do they even have those for laptops yet?
     
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I find it quite strange that the latest 12" iBook G4 can take 1.5GB of RAM, but the latest 12" powerbook can only take 1.25GB.
     
  9. dcv macrumors G3

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    That's because the "latest" 12" PowerBook is actually about 6 months older than the latest iBook.
     
  10. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    The 12" Powerbook has to be one of the oldest models between upgrade - are there any in recent history that have taken longer?
     
  11. EricChunky thread starter macrumors regular

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    problem is, where can i get one and how much cash do i need ?:rolleyes:
     
  12. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Crucial perhaps. I dunno how much you're gonna pay, but not more than $300 at crucial. If you wanna spend that much on upgrading your PB, or just wait for the new intel version, and save your money...:D
     
  13. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    I dont see how you'd need more than 1.25 GB on your 12" PB. It's really just a portable computer for light work, but I have seen some people with it for their primary photoshop machine -- although they are far from "professionals".

    I only have 512 MB right now :|. I'll be getting WoW soon, and I'll probably upgrade my ram after I get that sometime to 1.25.
     
  14. Josias macrumors 68000

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    I don't see why people need 16 gigs in the PM, but this guy obviously wants more than 1.25. It's not that much. If the 256 were not soldered on, I would advise him buying 2x1 GB (dual channel), but it will be very good and fast with 2.25 GB too!:cool:
     
  15. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Why is that so hard to believe? It's an otherwise capable machine. I had one for pro-level use recently and found it to be a bit slow. It was replaced with a 15" 1.5Ghz PB with 2GB of ram that I've been quite happy with.

    Yes, its a bit small to work on by itself, but if you have an external monitor at your primary work space, it's not terrible and its obviously ultra portable.
     
  16. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Amen!

    12" PB + 1.25 GB RAM + 160 GB 7.200 rpm. + 64 MB DDR FX5200 = Cool!

    If you buy the PB with maxed out RAM, buy a drive like that and then a 23" ACD + Mighty Mouse + laptop stand, you have the ultimate portable and desktop solution combo!:cool:
     

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