refurbished air 13 2GB RAM how to upgrade RAM to 4GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by olos, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Refurbished air 13 is $200 off, but I would like to have at least 4GB RAM.
    Can I upgrade myself, how, does that mean I will lose warranty?

    Thanks,
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Nope. It's soldered in. You can't upgrade. If you tried, it would certainly void your warranty.
     
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    You can't upgrade the RAM at all. Wait for a 4 GB model to show up.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean wait for refurbished 4GB model to show up?


     
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    Yes? It doesn't really matter to me what you do... it's your money. My point was more that a 2 GB MBA cannot be upgraded to a 4 GB, so you'll have you either wait for a new refurb to show up in the store with 4 GB or buy a new one.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    all you need is a size 0 screw driver, an exacto knife, and a soldering iron. Don't let Apple, Steve, or anyone on this forum tell you that you can't upgrade to the 4gb. Show them who's the boss.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I read somewhere about the soldered RAM of Air but was thinking I will get the 4GB, then should have enough RAM for a long time.

    Not until noticed the refurbished one... a lot cheaper but 2GB... tortured.

     
  8. macrumors member

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    If you need 4 GB then you'll have to wait for one of those to show up in the refurbs. Based on other posts I have seen, when they do show up they are usually gone within 30-60 minutes, BTW, so you'll have to keep checking. I have a 2 GB 11" and have not found it to be an issue, even when running Ubuntu in a virtual machine... The hard drive response is so fast I have not really noticed, in real time anyway, any problem by having either the 1.4 processor or only 2 GB. Subjectively it is much faster than my older 2.2 MB.

    Cheers
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I am debating.
    reading posts on if 2gb is enough, for most applications i use probably is, except maybe photoshop cs5.
    Price difference is huge $1099 refurbished vs. new+4GB $1339


     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The spec is somewhat different:

    Refurbished:
    2.13 ghz core2 duo
    1 usb 2.0 port
    screen resolution 1280X 800
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    thickness 0.16-0.76

    new:
    1.86 ghz core 2 duo
    2 usb + sd card
    1440X900
    thickness 0.11-0.68
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Is the top one you have listed the previous generation of Macbook Air :confused: If so, then I'm not sure about whether you can upgrade the RAM or not (of course I'm sure other people here will know).
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    That refurb is a previous generation model. Look for the ones that say released October, 2010.
     
  13. macrumors member

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    First gen air I think them specs are
     
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I figured.
    But does it matter?
    Is the old generation much different in performance and portability?
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    I think the current generation is the first that Apple finally got right. It's a whole new design. Of course if you like a lit keyboard, the previous generation had that going for it. :rolleyes:
     
  16. olos, Jan 31, 2011
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    thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are absolutely right...
    it IS the older model


     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    FYI, the new generation (two sizes) has sharper screen, glass trackpad, two USB ports, SD card reader (13" model), integrated flash storage, lighter weight, improved graphics, longer battery time, and better cooling. The list goes on but I think I've hit the main points.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can you elaborate on the whole new design part?
    I understand the specific differences.

     
  19. macrumors 68030

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    If you do any modification what so ever, then you will lose warranty.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    +1 lmao:D
     

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