Can my aluminum macbook handle 8gb of ram?

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  1. DetroitG35 macrumors newbie

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    I have the first version of the aluminum macbook 2.0
    and I am running 10.6
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    No. Can only handle 4 gigs offically, and 6 gigs unoffically. Putting 8 in will cause it to crash.
     
  3. DetroitG35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. nickXedge macrumors 6502

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    And because no else has asked, what about the current white unibody MacBook?
     
  6. DetroitG35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    why can the current 13 macbook pro handle 8gb and not my alum macbook
     
  7. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Because they're two different machines?
     
  8. DetroitG35 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i dont see how a 200mhz increase and a built in battery has to do with ram
     
  9. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    They pretty much are the same machines. One has a firewire port, and thats about as far as differences go.
     
  10. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    Well it really dosent have anything to do with it. But for w/e reason apple decided that the limit would be 4GB for the macbook. Whereas the pro's can take 8, except for the first gen unibody 2.4ghz 15", which is also limited to 4GB. Apple may release an update to allow it 8GB of ram, but until than 4 is pretty much the max you can get.
     
  11. GeekAtBirth macrumors member

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    They would be able to handle 8 gigs if Apple would only update the firmware for it, which is very unlikely.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Edit: As noted below, a likely firmware issue....

    Because your MBP has the Santa Rosa chipset and the current MBP has the 9400m chipset.
     
  13. soulreaper macrumors newbie

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    so let me get this straight...
    if my MBP is running on the 9400m chipset and got it like august this year...
    it can support up to 8GB??
     
  14. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Keep in mind that if you do the 6 GB unsupported route you are actually going to see a speed decrease in many situations due to have unmatched RAM.
     
  15. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Not correct.

    The aluminum unibody MacBooks use the same nVidia chipset as the 13" MacBook Pros. There are some differences in the firmware/EFI, however, since Apple permits the 13" MBP to run Snow Leopard in 64-bit kernel mode but not the nearly-identical 13" unibody aluminum MacBook.

    But, nonetheless, Apple has chosen to allow 6GB in the alum. MacBook and 8GB in the MacBook Pro.

    And while there will be a slight memory-access speed decrease (~5%-10%) by using unmatched RAM modules (2GB + 4GB), you'll still see an overall significant speed increase IF you're dipping in to virtual memory with 4GB installed. If you don't need the extra RAM, then there's no benefit to adding it.

    Simply going to 6GB (or 8GB in a MBP) wont make your computer any faster unless you're really making use of the extra 2-4GB of RAM. But if you're paging out to disk frequently at 4GB, then adding RAM - even though the RAM itself will be slightly slower - will still result in a net speed increase.
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Well, there you go. I missed the "aluminum" part in the OP, thus thought it was the first 2 ghz model of the MacBook (post Calistoga era). :eek:
     
  17. Vikinguy macrumors 6502

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    How much would it cost at apple to upgrade from 2 gig in the original umb to 4 gigs?
     

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