One of my PB's memory slots isn't working, have repair questions

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by JasonL, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2004
    Ware, MA
    So recently I've been getting the spinning beach ball quite a bit. Additionally, my computer's performance with regard to World of Warcraft has worsened quite a bit (contrary to claims by many that anything over 512MB with WoW doesn't matter).

    Today I went into the system profile and saw 512MB of RAM, when I have 2x512MB installed (and have for over a year, since the day I bought this PB).

    After some troubleshooting I found that both modules work just fine, it's just that the bottom slot isn't detecting the modules. I have APP, and contacted them. All troubleshooting to get the slot to work properly failed. When asked how big of a deal it was to repair, or how long it would take I got pretty vague answers.

    Has anyone seen anything like this? How long should I expect my computer to require for servicing something like this? At the moment, this is my only computer and I need it daily for school. I'm even contemplating just buying a 1GB stick and throwing it in the good slot until the end of the semester...the performance drop is that annoying to me.

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    It'll most likely end up being a logic board replacement (it's faster then trying to troubleshoot and fix the RAM slot). Whenever I've sent a laptop to Apple (Over the years I've probably sent 5 PBs to them) for AppleCare, I've ALWAYS had it back in less then a week. Your experience may vary, but it's always been pretty fast..
  3. macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2005
    I have the same exact problem. Lower RAM slot on a 1.25 PB. I guess the logic board need replaced.
  4. macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I had a different problem on my PB requiring logic board replacement. Dropped it off at an Apple Store Tuesday, got back to me on Friday. It spent a day sitting around waiting for my yea/nay on a separate out-of-warranty repair though.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    I shipped mine in on a Monday, got it back Thursday. They paid for the express box shipping service too. I like that service :D
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2004
    Ware, MA
    Thanks everyone for the feedback, which was encouraging. I'm going to try to schedule a repair today at a local Apple Specialist. If they can't get to it soon, it sounds like shipping it out isn't such a big deal anyway.

    Thanks again.
  7. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    its a good thing ur in the states

    they dont offer the shipping service in the uk anymore :( booo

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