iBook RAM Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by othernel, May 15, 2004.

  1. othernel macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2004
    I just got an iBook and it comes with 256mb of ram. I want to upgrade to 512mb but i dont know how many ram slots there are on an ibook. Do i need to get a single 512mb chip or can i just get another 256mb chip to add to the base ram to make 512 total? Thank you very much. -NEL
  2. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    128 soldered
    128 stick

    u have to take out the 128 and replace it with either

    1 gig

    has instructions depending on which model ibook you have (its all pretty much the same)

    how to do it

    good luck
  3. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    G3 ibooks come with 128 soldered and one slot
    G4 ibooks come with 256 soldered and one slot

  4. othernel thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2004
    So i pretty much have an open slot to use? It is a 1ghz G4.
  5. kaylee macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2004
    thehuncamunca: "G3 ibooks come with 128 soldered and one slot
    G4 ibooks come with 256 soldered and one slot"

    Actually the first revision of g4 ibooks came with 128mb soldered and 128mb in the so-dimm slot (with max of 640mb - 128 soldered + 512mb in so-dimm slot). The second (and most recent) revision comes with 256mb soldered and an empty so-dimm slot (max of 1.256 gb of ram - 256 soldered plus 1gb in so-dimm slot). I have one of the 12in 1Ghz ibooks which i have put additional 256mb of ram into, and for me at this point that is enough.
  6. ozimax macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2004
    Nth Coast NSW
    Ram for iBook

    Just stick in 512mb, throw (give) away the 128mb, you'll need 640mb to cruise along.
  7. mara macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2003
    Helsinki, Finland

    Memory (DDR SDRAM)
    256MB PC2100 (266MHz); 1.25GB maximum; 1 available expansion slot

    this is for the new iBooks... if your model is not of of them then there is no available slot because the ram is like 128 + 128
  8. othernel thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2004
    Thank you guys very much...it makes me glad i decided to pay the extra $100 to go from the 933mhz to the 1ghz ibook. -NEL
  9. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    You are perfectly right on that one. So just get another 256 if you want 512:
    Order number 12-inch Combo Drive
    M9426LL/A 14-inch Combo Drive
    M9418LL/A 14-inch Combo Drive
    Processor 1GHz PowerPC G4 1.2GHz PowerPC G4
    Level 2 Cache 512K at 1GHz 512K at 1.2GHz
    System bus 133MHz
    Memory (DDR SDRAM) 256MB PC2100 (266MHz); 1.25GB maximum; 1 available expansion slot Copyied directly from apple.com/ibook/specs.html
    Hard drive (3) 30GB ATA/100 4200 rpm 40GB ATA/100 4200 rpm 60GB ATA/100 4200 rpm
    Optical drive Slot-loading Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW); SuperDrive available as a build-to-order option (14-inch models only)
    Display 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA 14.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA
    Graphics support ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM
    FireWire One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps
    USB Two USB 2.0 ports at up to 480 Mbps each
    VGA, S-video and composite video output Video mirroring supports VGA video out to an external display or projector (requires included Apple VGA Video Adapter) and S-video and composite video out to a TV or VCR (requires optional Apple Video Adapter, sold separately).
    Modem (4) Built-in 56K V.92 modem
    Ethernet Built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    Wireless support (5) AirPort Extreme ready; optional internal Bluetooth module available AirPort Extreme built-in; optional internal Bluetooth module available
    System Software Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther”
    Software All models include Mac OS X, Classic environment, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD(2), GarageBand), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, AppleWorks, Mac OS X Chess, Microsoft Internet Explorer, EarthLink (includes 30 days of free dial-up service with activation), Quicken 2004 for Mac, World Book 2004 Edition, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, Deimos Rising, Sound Studio, Zinio Reader, Apple Hardware Test
    Service and Support 90 days of free telephone support and one-year limited warranty. Product contains documentation. Backup copy of software is provided on CD-ROM.
    Internet Access 30 days of free dial-up Internet service with EarthLink (North America only) activation. Internet access requires an Internet service account; fees may apply.

  10. simply258 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2003
    Erm, which revision do you have ? The first G4 iBooks came in 800MHz, 933MHz, 1GHz. So if you have the first one, you'll have 128MB soldered and 128MB removable which u can replace with a maximum of 512MB stick, or there's a work around to get in a 1GB stick:

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