Alu Macbook memory upgrade: OK to DIY?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Jimmy*, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Jimmy* macrumors newbie

    Jimmy*

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    Wanting to increase the RAM on my new Macbook 2.4 from 2gb to 4gb.

    Been quoted £170 ($250). Is that too expensive? sounds it.

    Read about people having issues with the new Macbooks upgrading themselves.

    Is this true?? Anyone added RAM to their macbook?

    had a look on crucial.com and they charge £60 ($85) for 2x2gb

    what to do???
     
  2. ux4all macrumors regular

    ux4all

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    I have had no problems with the crucial sticks. A fine-pointed phillips screwdriver is really all you need for RAM.
     
  3. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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  4. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    Although I haven't done it myself, I heard that the self-installation of RAM, in the new MBs, is fairly straightforward.

    I'm sure there are a bunch of guides online or here on MR, so all you have to do is find one and go.

    I've heard good things about Crucial, so it looks like you're all set.
     
  5. miggitymac macrumors 6502a

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    There's also instructions on how to do it in your user manual and on the Apple site.
     
  6. hacksaw-C87 macrumors regular

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    Don't pay £170 mate, that's extortionate. I upgraded my 2.4 Ghz Unibody macbook from 2GB to 4GB and all you need is a 00 Phillips screwdriver. Most good tool shops will do them. I reinstalled Mac OS X afterward though, I was getting slow boot times. After the reinstall the slow boot times stopped, but I think it was something to do with a process running in the background that I couldn't identify.
     
  7. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    +1. Use the System Scanner on the Crucial site. Remove the battery, make sure you are grounded.

    This link will show you the tear down process. http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/First-Look/Mac/MacBook-Unibody
     
  8. Jpoon macrumors 6502

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    Take off battery cover via the latch and what not.

    The rest is pretty similar to the previous generation Macbook. Just unscrew a couple of things, pull the levers *don't worry if it takes quite a bit of force*, and make sure you put them in the same manner that they came out.
     
  9. Jimmy* thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jimmy*

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    That's what I wanted to hear and should save me £110. Thanks all.
     

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