TiBook RAM Question

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  1. macktheknife macrumors 6502a

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    I currently have a 500 BTO TiBook with 512 MB or RAM (one 256 MB RAM in each slot). I would like to know that if I were to upgrade my RAM in the future, could I remove both the 256 MB RAM from each of their respective slots and replace them with a 512 MB RAM to give me a total of 1 GB of RAM? I know that the top RAM slot in the TiBook is easier to remove, but I'm not quite sure about the bottom slot. Any advice or insight is appreciated. :)
     
  2. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    apple's instructions:
    link

    some more info and pictures:
    link

    hope that helps

    (apple has a movie too, link on the picture link)
     
  3. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    the most your system can recognize is 640 MB...

    only the TiBook will see the full 1 GB or RAM...
     
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  5. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Re: TiBook RAM Question

    I had a pair of 512MB chips in my 500MHz TiBook before. Get a PC100 for the lower slot, and PC133 for the upper (the PC133 is smaller and fits much better).

    With that combination you can easily have 1GB of ram in that puppy.
     
  6. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    oh cr@p!!!

    why did I think u were asking about an iBook?! :eek:
     
  7. macktheknife thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hum . . .

    Thanks for the advice so far, fellas. However, it seems that while the RAM in the top slot can be replaced easily enough, the bottom slot seems like it's unremovable. Is that the case?
     
  8. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Re: Hum . . .

    NOPE!! I pulled the originall out almost right away when I got mine and it was in the lower slot. Apple doesn't solder memory in the systems any more... it's all removeable/replaceable.
     
  9. macktheknife thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Re: Hum . . .

    Wow! That's great! :D I'd just got my TiBook (back in late January), so I don't think I'll replace the RAM any time soon. However, 1GB of RAM should be much cheaper in a year from now, and that'll be a perfect time to upgrade.

    Thanks again!
     
  10. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    NEVER count on memory prices dropping. If you do, chances are they will go up on you. Considering how memory prices were lower last year then they are today.
     
  11. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    i wouldnt say thats a very fair statement. tech price sgenerally go down. what happened last year was an anomaly. it was a price war, companies were selling below cost to drive out the competition. many did go under and the winner were sued for anti-competitive buisiness practices (mostly in taiwan). the price jump that occured around the end of decemberbeginning of january were simply the rationalization of the market. prices since have been steadily dropping (very slowly) ever since and will like progress in the same manner tech usually does. the panicky media likes to ignore all of this and act like it is a tumultuous market that no one can understand but it is not acting under any mysterious properties. prices fluctuate mildly in any market but ram like other tech generally moves down, and if you check ram prices regularly you will know the prices today are much much lower than the price hike from january. i think it is reasonable the general trend will continue.
     
  12. cb911 macrumors 601

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    i want 1GB of RAM! i'll let you all in on a little secret: *i'm waiting for RAM prices to drop*;)
     
  13. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    :) hahaha, trouble maker.
     
  14. iGav macrumors G3

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    So do I..... heh heh...... and I'm sat in the waiting room too!! :D although I probably won't part with anymore cash on my current TiBook..... I'm saving for that 1Ghz TiBook, with a 1GB of RAM, that will be available around jan to feb next year....... what a stroke of luck..... that will be exactly around the same time as I am looking at upgrading....... :D
     
  15. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    So maybe I should have said that they may not be MUCH cheaper in a year. In all honesty, I have not seen huge drops in memory prices since they went back up. I have seen it go both up and down in that time (granted not by much, but it hasn't changed too much in some time now).

    All we need is another natural disaster to hit where the memory factories are and the price could go through the roof. Memory suppliers could be bastards and raise the prices of memory that they have in stock, that was lower the day before that, and then jack them up to meet the post disaster prices.
     
  16. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Just happened last night ...

    Actually, a 5.2 quake hit Taipei, Taiwan last night. I don't think that there was much actual damage, but they might raise prices anyways.

    I'm glad I got my 512MB stick for my iBook when I did. Else, I'd be putting around with 256MB and OS X.
     
  17. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    thats weird. we had a 5.2 quake here in the bay area just a couple days ago too...
     
  18. macktheknife thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Which one?

    Fellas,

    I think I'm gonna spring for the 1GB upgrade afterall. I've gotten three quotes from three different online companies. I am thus far partial to RamJet despite the higher price tag since the website provides the most information concerning the memory they sell. They also noted they only sell "non-stacked" RAM, which makes it more expensive but it is higher quality. Is this true? Here are the three sites I saw:

    RamJet ($389):

    http://www.ramjet.com/ItemDescr.asp?Item=G4T1G

    Memory To Go ($266):

    https://www.memorytogo.com/shop/product.asp?ProductID=127378

    18004Memory.com ($278):

    http://www.18004memory.com/category.asp?catid=9&subcatid=901

    I know many of you may or may not have any first-hand knowledge of these particular vendors, but as always, I appreciate the adivce and assistance.
     
  19. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Mohawh Memory (aka the Geek Boutique) has memory that works in both slots on the 500MHz TiBook here

    I would suggest calling them (1-888-FYI-GEEK) to make sure about the pricing, since websites sometimes are a few days behind in current pricing. I have bought a lot of memory from them in the past, and while they may not have the lowest prices, they will stand behind what they sell 100%.
     
  20. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    What about Crucial memory?

    they have always done a grat job for me on Pcheese units, have never used them for Macs yet, But I think that it would be the same good service!

    anyone have any opinions on crucial.com/
     
  21. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    try MacDonald and Assoc. I use it all the time, good prices and I've never had a problem.

    www.buymemory.com
     
  22. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Yeah, they blow... I was looking at them for memory about a year or two ago, and they were charging way too much (about 2x the highest price anywhere) for memory that works in Mac systems. I was looking for current system memory too, not something x years old. That completely put me off of them.

    Since Mohawk/Geek Boutique is local to me, I do a good amount of business with them. They have hand delivered more then a couple of items to my home when I couldn't get to them in time, but really needed/wanted to get that item before the next day, or week. If they don't normally stock something, they can get it, and usually in a good time frame too.

    I have returned things to them before, without issue. That is another good reason to stick with them.
     
  23. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    Your Memory quotes seem very high.

    At Mohawk it was about 150. , am I reading this wrong?

    All they had there was memory for the 550 Ti, not certian if that will work in the 800.
     
  24. britboy macrumors 68030

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    Bear in mind these quotes are for 2 ram modules, each of 512MB.
     
  25. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Did you even attemp browsing for the other??? Try here and then select what you want...

    At $159 each, for the 400/500/550 system is not all that bad, for chips that work in both slots. Remember, lifetime warranty means just that, life of the system using the chip, no matter how long it lives. There is not a cap on that lifetime, which some places place. If you get another system that accepts the same memory, you can put it in there and still have the warranty in effect.
     

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