2G Ram for 12" Powerbook?

EricChunky

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is the 256 built-in module soldered ? is it possible to crack the laptop open and replace the original 256m momory module with a 1G one?

thanks.:p
 

student_trap

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EricChunky said:
is the 256 built-in module soldered ? is it possible to crack the laptop open and replace the original 256m momory module with a 1G one?

thanks.:p
nope, sorry to dissapoint, but the 256 module is soldered onto the logic board (i think), so its not possible!
 

joshwest

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not possible, only can max out a 1.25.. sorry i'd do it if possible.. but 1.25 is plenty for the 12 incher
 

Kreamy

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student_trap said:
nope, sorry to dissapoint, but the 256 module is soldered onto the logic board (i think), so its not possible!
If you wanna play with a heat gun, you can replace the on board memory, but it's costly, tricky, and certainly not for the faint hearted.

If you wanna pursue, look for the Xbox ram upgraders and read about that ;)
 

Josias

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You could remove one of the 256 dimms (the one not soldered on), and replace it with a 2 GB DIMM. Then you'll have 2.25 GB RAM:cool: the PowerBooks logicboard does support up to 4 GB...:cool:
 

Glenn Wolsey

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Josias said:
You could remove one of the 256 dimms (the one not soldered on), and replace it with a 2 GB DIMM. Then you'll have 2.25 GB RAM:cool: the PowerBooks logicboard does support up to 4 GB...:cool:
Do they even have those for laptops yet?
 

dextertangocci

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joshwest said:
not possible, only can max out a 1.25.. sorry i'd do it if possible.. but 1.25 is plenty for the 12 incher
I find it quite strange that the latest 12" iBook G4 can take 1.5GB of RAM, but the latest 12" powerbook can only take 1.25GB.
 

dcv

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dextertangocci said:
I find it quite strange that the latest 12" iBook G4 can take 1.5GB of RAM, but the latest 12" powerbook can only take 1.25GB.
That's because the "latest" 12" PowerBook is actually about 6 months older than the latest iBook.
 

.Andy

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dietcokevanilla said:
That's because the "latest" 12" PowerBook is actually about 6 months older than the latest iBook.
The 12" Powerbook has to be one of the oldest models between upgrade - are there any in recent history that have taken longer?
 

EricChunky

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Josias said:
You could remove one of the 256 dimms (the one not soldered on), and replace it with a 2 GB DIMM. Then you'll have 2.25 GB RAM:cool: the PowerBooks logicboard does support up to 4 GB...:cool:
problem is, where can i get one and how much cash do i need ?:rolleyes:
 

Josias

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Crucial perhaps. I dunno how much you're gonna pay, but not more than $300 at crucial. If you wanna spend that much on upgrading your PB, or just wait for the new intel version, and save your money...:D
 

calebjohnston

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I dont see how you'd need more than 1.25 GB on your 12" PB. It's really just a portable computer for light work, but I have seen some people with it for their primary photoshop machine -- although they are far from "professionals".

I only have 512 MB right now :|. I'll be getting WoW soon, and I'll probably upgrade my ram after I get that sometime to 1.25.
 

Josias

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I don't see why people need 16 gigs in the PM, but this guy obviously wants more than 1.25. It's not that much. If the 256 were not soldered on, I would advise him buying 2x1 GB (dual channel), but it will be very good and fast with 2.25 GB too!:cool:
 

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calebjohnston said:
I dont see how you'd need more than 1.25 GB on your 12" PB. It's really just a portable computer for light work, but I have seen some people with it for their primary photoshop machine
Why is that so hard to believe? It's an otherwise capable machine. I had one for pro-level use recently and found it to be a bit slow. It was replaced with a 15" 1.5Ghz PB with 2GB of ram that I've been quite happy with.

Yes, its a bit small to work on by itself, but if you have an external monitor at your primary work space, it's not terrible and its obviously ultra portable.
 

Josias

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munckee said:
Why is that so hard to believe? It's an otherwise capable machine. I had one for pro-level use recently and found it to be a bit slow. It was replaced with a 15" 1.5Ghz PB with 2GB of ram that I've been quite happy with.

Yes, its a bit small to work on by itself, but if you have an external monitor at your primary work space, it's not terrible and its obviously ultra portable.
Amen!

12" PB + 1.25 GB RAM + 160 GB 7.200 rpm. + 64 MB DDR FX5200 = Cool!

If you buy the PB with maxed out RAM, buy a drive like that and then a 23" ACD + Mighty Mouse + laptop stand, you have the ultimate portable and desktop solution combo!:cool: