512 is sooo s l o w...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by TheMonarch, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    I've posted recently about a RAM incident I (still have) with my PB. The 1GB stick I bought from newegg.com died on me. I went from 1.5GB to 512... Due to midterms and other things, I have not had time to resolve this issue, consequently I also haven't had time to do anything heavy on my PB.

    But today I did... and its SO PAINFUL!

    How did I ever manage with only 512?

    Things take forever to start up, switch apps, Dashboard lags (even the ripple!!!)... iTunes sometimes skips :eek:

    My pro apps are now a pain to use. UGH!

    But enough complaining. The RAM I bought is from Kingmax, and they claim lifetime warranty. I emailed them Sunday (I think) and still no answer.

    Has anyone dealt with Kingmax?
    How's their repair service?
    I accidently called Kingston and they were very nice about it, but Kingmax doesn't have a phone number (that I know of).

    Do any of you have it (if there is)?
    Please share...
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Just get the money back from NewEgg and buy the replacement from Data Memory Systems.

    Try calling Data Memory Systems - 1-800-662-7466. Time how long it takes for them to answer the phone. Hint: you're gonna need a stopwatch with a sweep second hand for this.... :)
  3. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    I did something really stupid. I threw away the box the RAM came in and the paper inside the box with the RAM... I'm going to need it aren't I? :eek:


    I honestly thought that I would just slap on a mem stick close the PB's lid, and forget about it forever... *sigh*
  4. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    I;m running 256 and i'm frustrated with it...its SLOWW!!!
  5. MacHarne macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2005
    Virginia, U.S.A.
    :eek: Yeah, you're going to want your invoice to make the return. Don't buy off-brand RAM if possible; you'll be left with a worthless chip and nonexistent technical support (as you've experienced). Good luck with this... 512 MB is only a tiny speck of RAM in certain application settings, especially when running many apps.
  6. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I have the new iBook 14" w/ 512MB on the mobo, and to tell you the truth, I think it's great :) I do actually a lot of Photoshop usage and iMovie.
    The 1GB stick i ordered at Crucial (7-10 day wait b4 it ships :( ) i think is going to blow me away :)

    I can't wait! :D
  7. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    iTunes skips?! What else are you running when this happens? Running with only 512 MB should not cause iTunes to skip... sounds like something else might be the problem...
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    I've got 512MB of RAM and iTunes, MSN messenger, Safari, Dashboard and Appleworks are working fine all at the same time. Oh and the processor is on reduced.
  9. maik macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2005
    Pori, Finland
    Yeah, 512 sucks bananas! I bought another 512 mb and it says I have 1 gb of memory BUT. It is as slow as it was before I installed it! Do you have any idea why it is so? Or am I just blind and dont get it?
  10. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    I would guess you have a different issue causing some problems. One of my towers has 256 in it, and iTunes would never skip, even if other things would start to bog down. That said, even at 256, I was able to run a lot of apps simultaneously without any problems.
  11. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    You may need to repair permissions in Disc Utility. My wife is still using my old G3 PB with no problems. Every now and then I have to run a repair on the permissions and everything runs smoothly for her.
  12. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Did you happen to pay by Credit Card? If so you should still have a record. That is you bill. Maybe a phone number would listed on your Credit Card bill. Some of mine do, very handy. I wish you luck.
  13. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Wow I'm still using a PC running on 24MB of EDO RAM. I can do almost everything on it, mail, internet, games, photoshop work, web design, etc. Do macs really need a lot of RAM to function properly?
  14. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

    beige matchbox

    Mar 16, 2005
    Oxfordshire, UK
    And I'm sure if you loaded it up with XP and all the other junk needed to get the functionality MacOSX has you'd need at least 512Mb too :D
  15. Kelson macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Yep, it sure is...

    I've got a 1ghz TiBook w/ 1GB of RAM.

    We just bought my wife one of the new 12" (1.33ghz) iBooks and only put 512MB of RAM.

    I have a Radeon 9000, she has the Radeon 9550. She has 33% more processor, but half the RAM and I have to say, my TiBook blows her iBook away in "perceived performance". Both running the latest update to Tiger.

    I figure I'll pick her up another gig of RAM in a few months, as a nice little present.

    - Kelson
  16. drsuse macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2004
    i have 512 right now on my 1.67 pb...i know i'd see a big improvement if i upgraded the ram but i can't afford it or justify it right now.

    i had about 425,000 pageouts yesterday
  17. TheMonarch thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    No, I payed with a check... I think is still have the returned check somewhere (for records).

    Not returned as in bounced, its been cashed.

    Will that help?

    Oh, and I saved the order confirmation as a pdf when I ordered it.
  18. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That should be adequate documentation to request the replacement of the bad memory. Hopefully you have a phone number on the order confirmation.
  19. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I have a 1.67GHz 15" PowerBook on the way and I ordered a 1GB Kingston stick for it already. I plan on playing WoW and running QuarkXPress on a regular basis so I am sure I will need it.... especially considering I can't live without iTunes :p
  20. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Yea I agree with telecomm. Even my old iBook 300 MHz with 320 MB RAM running Jaguar didnot skip in iTunes :eek: :D
  21. wheezy macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    My iTunes stalls/skips rarely, but it's generally when the processor is swamped, for example (I had put 'ie'...but, we know what that stands for, so, I shouldn't say those words), something is pretty much using all of it.
  22. ajampam macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2005
    I have a 12'PB w/ 512mb....wanted to upgrade it, but have always put it off coz cant afford apple roght now, but am not really sure about any third party ram guys...can I get any advice on which sellers can be trusted!?
  23. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    I hope this is a joke. You must be running Microsoft Mail, Netscape 3, Independence Day: The Game, Photoshop 4, and the Geocities web designer.
  24. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Crucial and Kingston are the ones to go for :)

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