how easy is it to fit new RAM?

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  1. Sic macrumors 6502

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    having never owned a Powerbook or a laptop for that matter, i'm a little dubious as to how to fit my RAM i've ordered. i've got 2Gb SODIMM DDR2 PC4200 waiting for me at home, and i'm wondering if it's an easy process? is it just a case of taking the back off, removing the 512 that's already in there and putting the new stuff in? or are there other things i need to be thinking about?

    cheers
     
  2. Dale Cooper macrumors regular

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  3. munkle macrumors 68030

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    It's surprisingly easy, even more so than the iBook's. Just use the guide in the link given above and make sure you dont' lose any of the screws! :)
     
  4. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Make sure you have the right screwdriver - Philips #00 (I think) since the screws can be quite tight and tough to get out and you don't want to strip them.
     
  5. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Yeah getting the screws out can be a bit tricky, but they come out eventually. The 512 stick should come out easily and then all you have to do is put the 2 1GB sticks in. If you follow the guide, you will be fine. (if i can do it, anyone can ;) )

    I'd love another gig in my PB
     
  6. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure he's saying that he has a 2 GB stick, so he shouldn't have to remove anything at all.

    I've installed PowerBook RAM myself before, so I can vouch for the simplicity of the process. The one sticky part is remembering to push VERY hard on the memory to get it to snap into place (you'll feel something that resembles a snap, but keep pushing until you can really hear it click).

    I had to push so hard that I thought I might break something.
     
  7. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    it's as easy as A,B,C
     
  8. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it's 2 1Gb sticks :) sounds like it'll be fairly easy
     
  9. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I thought it had to be! As the PB can only takes 2GB.
     
  10. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The RAM slots in Apple computers are extremely close tollerance.

    While it's easy to install your own RAM, you have to be very careful
    that the DIMMs are fully seated until the RAM keepers click into place.

    The RAM DIMMs can only intall one way, so that's not a problem, but you'll see that it takes quite a bit of pressure to fully seat the DIMMs.
    Be VERY careful to line up your DIMMs evenly so you don't damage the RAM slots or your logic board.

    Obvously make sure you follow anti-static procedure.

    Wihatools.com has a wonderful selection of hi precision ESD safe tools.
    They make the best mini drivers anywhere in the world.
     

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