Help With RAM Installation

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  1. The_Man macrumors 6502

    The_Man

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    Hey I was just wondering how what the difficulty level on installing your own ram in a iBook G4.

    Can anyone give me an idea on how much work/what work is required for installing RAM into this laptop.
     
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    I've done it on a G3 and it was easy.

    Remove battery - 30 seconds
    Remove keyboard - 10 seconds
    Unscrew protector - 30 seconds
    Insert memory - 2 minutes
    Reinstall protector - 1 minute
    Reinsert keyboard - 15 seconds

    Total time taken: 4 minutes, 25 seconds :)

    I believe the user's guide gives you illustrated instructions.

    Edit: Oops, I forgot to put the battery back in. Add another 30 seconds :p
     
  3. The_Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also...is third part RAM (from Crucial.com, Ramseeker.com, etc) just as good as apple brand.

    Is it as fast, as reliable (and anything of that nature)
     
  4. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    Defintely. For sure get thrid party RAM. There won't be any difference. Just make sure that it is guaranteed to be compatible with Mac, as Macs are very picky when it comes to RAM.
     
  5. The_Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As you can probably tell, I am new to Macs and I have many questions. Im looking to switch with a 12" iBook (whenever they update) and I appreciate all the help you've given.

    These answers have cleared up a lot of questions. Thanks
     
  6. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    Very easy to install ram in an iBook G4. Its worth have a couple of soft cloths to rest the machine and keyboard on while you do the installation.
    see the link at the bottom (sorry - gave the wrong link earlier).

    You won't go far wrong if you order from Crucial, though you might be able to save a bit by hunting round. Search these forums for recent posts by CanadaRAM - he is always dishing out good advice on all ram-related topics and he knows what he's talking about.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300406 - page contains links to a pdf file
     
  7. The_Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In the instruction, it says you need to take out a "memory card" and insert the new one. When you take out the memory card that is already in there, are you taking out the standard 256mb that comes with the computer?

    Or, if you only have the standard RAM, will that slot be empty?


    Thanks
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The iBook G4 has 256 Mb soldered on the motherboard and a single socket for a DDR SODIMM. If your machine is currently 256 Mb, then the socket will be empty. You can go up to a max. of 1.25 Gb with a single 1 Gb SODIMM.

    Standard advice: order your RAM froim a reputable seller who tests and guarantees Mac compatibility with your model, offers a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  9. The_Man thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Canada Ram you and everyone else have been very helpful
     
  10. Advance The Man macrumors 6502

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    I bought ram from a reputable online dealer, got 2 1gb sticks. They are Samsung. It is so hot where they are. Hotter than the battery area. Is this normal?

     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    All RAM generates heat. More memory = more transistors = more heat.

    Now are the particular temps on your particular model 'book higher than normal for a 2 Gb? I haven't got a clue.

    If you have a meat thermometer or a coffee-steamer thermometer, measure the temperature and call the vendor and ask.
     

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