4GB RAM in Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by menthol moose, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. menthol moose macrumors regular

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    I know it's easy to do in the Santa Rosa Macbook's, but my Macbook is not a Santa Rosa one, but the 2.16Ghz one that was released at the beginning of the summer.

    Right now I'm doing a bunch of different things, like ripping and encoding DVD's, seeding torrents, installing and running Ubuntu linux in Parallels, 6 or 7 tabs in Safari, and more. My question is, is it even possible to use more than 2 gigs in an older Core 2 Duo Macbook, and if it is, would it be worth it to spend $90 to upgrade to four gigs of RAM?
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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  3. masse macrumors 6502a

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    If you install 4 I believe it will only recognize 3.

    And if you have 2 gigabytes its in a 2x1 gigabyte configuration probably. So you'd have to buy 2x2 gigabyte sticks to get 4 gig.

    But since it will only recognize 3, just get a 2gb stick and swap it in for on of the 1 gb sticks you have in there.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Only worth it for the Santa Rosa models.
     

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  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If you are hitting a RAM ceiling, 3GB (in whatever form) will be much better than 2. If you go for 2X2GB rather than 1X2GB and 1X1GB, the only difference is the activation of dual-channel which yields a 5-7% speed increase.
     
  6. kbuddha macrumors newbie

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    I am new to Macs. My girl has used them for years, but doesn't know much technically about them. I am a PC guy, but when it comes to macs i know very little. I just got a macbook 2.16ghz. How can I tell what is "Santa Rosa" or "Regular" ? Help!?
     

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