Adding memory to 12" PBook

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  1. erockerboy macrumors member

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    I am thinking about picking up a used 12" PowerBook for use while travelling, and had a few questions re: memory upgrades.

    How difficult is it to install additional RAM on one of these machines? Can I do it myself or should I have a tech do it?

    What's the best place to buy notebook RAM?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's very simple to do...here is a PDF showing how to do it for 12" G4 PowerBooks.

    PPC Macs can be picky about RAM, so it's good to go with a reputable vendor who guarantees compatibility and stands behind their products. Avoid generic PC RAM in these machines. Two of the more popular vendors around here are OWC and DMS.
     
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  4. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    ifixit

    You may already be aware, but I keep this link bookmarked:

    iFixit

    Always a good reference when upgrading. Is also helpful pre-purchase if you are thinking about upgrading anything yourself. Lets you know what you are getting into ahad of time.
     
  5. erockerboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Haven't seen that site before, great stuff! Thanks!
     
  6. erockerboy thread starter macrumors member

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    One more quick question before I pull the trigger.....

    Is there any reason to pay more for "name brand" RAM? (E.g., $180 for the Samsung branded memory vs. $140 for OWC's house brand?)
     
  7. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    As many other posters said on this forum in the simiar threads on Ram, I recommend buying Rams from the vendors who gaurantee the compatiblity and offer the life long warranty. I think OWC, Crucial and others. I would rather spend extra few dollars to get the good quality Ram for my machines.
    When I upgraded my iBook's ram, I think I opted for Samsung Ram from OWC.
     

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