pc2700 instead of pc2100

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by godraj, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. godraj macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2003
    Hi everyone, I just have a quick question. I have the older 867 pb, and I just bought a 512mb pc2700 chip although it says i should use pc2100. Would this do any harm. I recently asked my friend and he said there should be no problem, but my girlfriend has a compaq and her's also require 2100, and with the 2700 chip it worked fine but OVERHEATED and then wouldn't go on at all, so she had to send it back to compaq. Thanks.
  2. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    As far as I know, it shouldnt be a problem. pc2700 is just fater ram, so your powerbook wont be able to take its full advantage.
  3. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    Generic RAM can cause system instability among other problems. I have seen generic RAM cause a system to overheat before. Some memory is also not backwards compatible, so it can run at slower speeds. Your best bet is to buy memory designed for your system; it's guaranteed to work.
  4. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    As long as it's decently high quality PC2700 (crucial, for example, is usually pretty good), it should work fine. I imagine if you got some crappy generic stuff off of pricewatch it might mess things up, but that's true of PC2100 as well.
  5. Vlade macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2003
    Meadville, PA
    As far as I know (and I am about 90% sure, only because I haven't tried it) DDR ram IS backwards compatible, it will just run at a lower clock speed.
  6. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.

    Ram that is bought higher then your computer can run it will just run at a slower speed...

    As far as I have been told.

    No adverse side effects.
  7. huntsman macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2003
    I'm using a Crucial 512 MB PC2700 module in my PC2100 iBook G4 without problems.

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