MacBook screwdriver for RAM upgrade

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  1. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    When I get home tonight I'll be putting a 1GB stick in my MB. Really hope it improves the performance as it's pretty poor with the stock 512MB I have at the mo....

    Anyway, just wanted to check on the screwdriver. The Apple instructions mention a Phillips size 00. I have a set of small screwdrivers which I've used for computer stuff in the past. Is this one of them, or is it one of those weird ones?
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I can't guarantee you have the right size screwdriver, but if you have a set of small screwdrivers you probably have one, after all, it's just a normal (but small) phillips screw.
     
  3. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Great - that's what I needed to know. Thanks!
     
  4. alec macrumors regular

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    If you can't find one, just go to CVS or your local pharmacy and buy a eyeglass screwdriver. They're only a couple of dollars.

    -Alec
     
  5. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    How'd the install go? I'll be doing the same tonight..but using a 1GB stick and my stock 256.
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I recommend against this. Because the Macbook shares its system RAM for Graphics, it is highly recommended to insert RAM in matched pairs (e.g. 1 GB & 1 GB). If not, you'll be taking a significant performance hit.
     
  7. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    what kind of hit? funds right now are restricting from another gig.
     
  8. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    I've looked around for some figures but have found nothing reliable (varies between 4% and 20%, but also some indication that the benefit with an integrated graphics machine such as a MacBook could be up to 70%.)
    Just put in what you can afford now, and maybe another stick of the same type later.
     
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  10. evangelion-01 macrumors regular

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    i bought 2 1gig stick and i would recommend that you just ge 2x 512.
     
  11. sunfast thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Install went fine. I put in a 1GB stick with one fo the stock 256MB sticks still in. It feels noticeably quicker.

    The reson for this lack of pairing is that I plan to go to 2GB soon. I didn't want to waste money buying 2 x 512MB only to take them out and add 2 x 1GB when i wanted to upgrade again.

    Next 1GB stick probably next month. If there is a noticeable performance hit from using unpiared RAM then hopefully my MacBook will speed up even more once it's in there.
     
  12. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    Exact same scenario myself last night. A significant boost. I did notice it get quite warmer though.
     
  13. superted666 Guest

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    woo upgraded mine to 2x1gb last night - miles faster much better!
    the odd peice of metal covering memory was awkward to put back though:mad:
     
  14. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    agreed! haha
     
  15. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    and to replace the hard drive you will need a T6 or torx 6 to remove the chassey from the old hard drive
     

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