MacBook Air and ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by geekygeek, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2011
    I have a 2011 13" 128gb core i5 MacBook Air with only 4GB of ram. I feel like 4gb of RAM won't last me too long. Is it possible to upgrade the ram myself to 8gb? And also, my Air never has more than 2.7GB of ram available according to istat pro. I have every application closed with no indicator lights and I did a restart and it can get about 2.5gb of ram available. I have an application called FreeMemory from the app store and it can free up 100-200mb normally. I have 4 tabs in firefox right now, 3 tabs in safari, textwrangler, and textedit and I have almost 1 gb of ram.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Are you good at taking things apart so well that you can unsolder the current RAM from the motherboard and then solder back in the replacement RAM?

    Theoretically it might be possible with the right equipment but extremely unlikely to the average joe and much more likely to do permanent damage.

    Lots of hard core geeks around here and your choice of names might be a temptation to some around here. Believe it or not it is possible to use some geeky tools like google search to find out if you can replace ram on a macbook air ... i'm just saying ...
  3. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I Think You're Right

    That's a step too far in terms of non geek replacement. Sometimes, you have to let the old dog lie.
  4. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, the RAM in MBAs is not user-upgradable. Also, there's more to the story than free memory. Inactive memory is also available for apps to use. Take a look at the System Memory tab at the bottom of Activity Monitor to see if you have excessive "page outs", a sign that you may benefit from more RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Why are you so concerned about it? Do you see slowdowns or issues?

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