4 GB RAM for Old MacBook Pro 17" ??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fab5freddy, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    i have an old 17" Macbook Pro 2.16 Ghz model
    and went to OWC website to upgrade RAM from 2 GB to 4 GB,
    but for some reason it says that this model can only take 2 GB.......

    Is that wrong, ? i am sure it can take 4 GB of RAM .....
     
  2. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Correction: 2.16GHz, 17". This is clearly a Core Duo MacBook Pro. (The Rev. B, Core 2 Duo 17" was 2.33GHz model). Sorry mate, you're stuck at 2. the 2.33GHz model can take 3GB, but if you stick in 4GB it can take 3.3. 2.4GHz and above 17" MacBook Pros can take 6GB. Technically it can take 8, but for some reason this severely slows the machine.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    If yours is the Core Duo (and not the Core 2 Duo) then it can only take 2 gb. Anything more and it will not boot because Apple screwed the memory controller.
     
  4. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    thanks for the replies.
    i was about to buy the RAM, but now i won't !
     

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