16GB RAM in a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro

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  1. Hexley, Dec 19, 2012
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    Hexley macrumors 6502a

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    Over at this Macbook thread mwhities was able to install 16GB into a mid 2010 13" Macbook 2.4 Core 2 Duo P8600 that was otherwise stated to be limited by Apple to a max of 4GB and by OWC to a max of 8GB.

    Can anyone with a mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo P8800 and (2x8GB) 16GB DDR3 RAM in a different machine try it in their 2010 Macbook Pro? I'm about to upgrade the RAM to 8GB but will gladly spring for 16GB if it is possible.

    The late 2008 Macbook Pro uses the same Intel chip as the mid 2010 13" Macbook 2.4 Core 2 Duo P8600 and in theory should accept 16GB DDR3 modules.

    Screen grabs are below.

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  2. Hexley, Dec 20, 2012
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    If you have any of the following Macbook Pro and have access to (2x8GB) 16GB DDR3 RAM and can verify that the memory will work kindly share it with us.

    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15" (Late 2008)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (Late 2008)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 15" (Late 2008)

    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 17" (Early 2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 17" (Early 2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 15" (Early 2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 15" (Early 2009)

    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 13" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 13" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 15" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 15" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 15" (Mid-2009)
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17" Mid-2009
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 17" Mid-2009

    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 13" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.4 15" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 15" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 15" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 15" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 17" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 17" Mid-2010
    MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 17" Mid-2010
     
  3. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    My ram didn't show up today, it's in processing that the postal now. Will be in tomorrow and I'll test the 09 mac mini.
     
  4. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No problems. When you were able to make it run with your 2009 post it at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1511232
     
  5. Orlandoech, Dec 21, 2012
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    Thanks! Would you happen to know what chipset was used with the following?

    MC375LL
    MB470LL
    MB133LL
    MA876LL
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The 2009 and 2010 13" MBPs didn't use an intel chipset, they used Nvidia. The 2009 used the nvidia MCP79(with integrated 9400m graphics) and the 2010 used the MCP89(with integrated 320M graphics).
     
  8. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Well there ya go lol, my mistake!
     
  9. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If anyone's got 16gb RAM they wouldn't mind shipping over, I have a MacBookPro 5,1 (Late 08 2.53ghz) I can try it on. I'll pop the memory in, post the results here, and then ship it back to ya within a day or so.
     
  11. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    I was finally able to test the 16Gs ram in my 2009 Mac mini and right away, it started beeping. I then removed it and added the old ram back. Worked. Tried again and it beeped again.

    I decided that was enough.

    I put the ram in my 2010 Macbook and it's working flawlessly.
     
  12. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    I tried in a 2009 13" macbook pro and the 16 gb of ram didn't work.
     
  13. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It works on 2010 13" MBPro, 2010 MBook and 2010 Mac mini (server included) using a specific (2x8GB) 16GB DDR3-1066MHz PC3-8500 SODIMMs.
     
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    which modules?
     
  15. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Clarify and expound.
     
  16. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    What specific modules worked in the 2010 mac.
     
  17. Hexley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Two 8GB DDR3-1066MHz PC3-8500 SODIMMs. Faster clock speeds will be rejected.
     
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  21. bfer macrumors newbie

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    I did try 16GB, PC3-8500, 7-7-7-20 1.5V, on a 2010 macbook pro i7 2.66 and... no luck! kernel panic!
    Then try to boot in safe mode and...

    macbook 16gb.png

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    any ideas?
     
  22. apdz macrumors newbie

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    Hi bfer I dont think 15 inch is supported based on this -

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mushkin-16G...6673466?pt=US_Memory_RAM_&hash=item1e767933ba

    "BRAND NAME MUSHKIN 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 SODIMM 1066MHZ ( PC3-8500) Memory for Apple.

    Note: Apple OS 10.7.5 or Later REQUIRED for utilization of more than 8GB of total system memory.


    Compatible with

    MacBook (Mid 2010)
    (May, 2010)
    Model ID: MacBook7,1
    2.4Ghz

    MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010)
    (April, 2010)
    Model ID: MacBookPro7,1
    2.4GHz, 2.66GHz

    Mac mini (Mid 2010)
    (June, 2010)
    Model ID: Macmini4,1
    2.4GHz, 2.66GHz

    Mac mini (Mid 2010 Server)
    (June, 2010)
    Model ID: Macmini4,1
    2.66GHz
    "


    Seems 13 inch should work. I've ordered the same ram from a cheaper place and will let you know if its works in my 2010 mbp 13inch 2.4.
     
  23. RoyQ macrumors newbie

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    Interesting...

    Since, according to the article at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564, one of several things starting up into Safe Mode does is that it loads only required kernel extensions (some of the items in /System/Library/Extensions), MYABE you would like to check out the extensions list in System Information under both Safe Mode and Normal Mode to see which extension(s) MIGHT lead to kernel panic when 16GB of ram is installed.

    And, well, I'm not sure if the following kind of suggestions is allowed here...

    If you do find any suspicious extension(s) about kernel panic, try to replace it(them) with the one(ones) of different version(if any) from, say, 13-inch MBP(2010) and see if it works. (Don't forget to do backup before doing so and do it at your own risk.)
     
  24. bfer macrumors newbie

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    Hi RoyQ

    Thanks for replying.
    Think i see what you are suggesting, what to go further?
    Anyone out there willing to share the 2010 MacBook Pro 13" 2.4GHz /System/Library/Extensions?!?
     

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