Crucial vs Apple ram/HELP! PB17" issues

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by J-Ro, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. J-Ro macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2003
    I bought my 17" 1.33 PB with a 1 gig chip in it - so 1 slot is free. Just upgraded to OS 10.3.4

    I recently purchased and installed a 512 chip from (I had been told by experts that their ram was top notch) ($100). It doesn't matter if it is in slot 2 (with the original 1 gig chip in slot 1), or alone in slot 1 - my mac now freezes very quickly.
    (Needless to say - my PB runs fine when the original apple 1 gig chip is in it alone)

    I'm going to swap the new 512 out with a replacement from Crucial (they were very responsive) but what a guy from the Santa Monica Apple store told me today was cause for concern.....

    He told me that he owned an identical 17" Powerbook.... and he had gone thru exactly the same aggravation. He said he went thru many exchanges with third party vendor ram... and finally had to use 'apple' ram. He explained that apples are very, very picky about ram - and ultimately apple ram is the way to go. (no he doesn't get commission)

    here is the drag - a 512 chip from apple is $300 - a 1 gig chip is $700

    Is this crazy? What on earth is up with this? :mad:
  2. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    To put it simply: Apple are bastards when it comes to RAM to get you to buy more.

    Timings are silly, latency is silly, everything is bas-ackwards-OEM-only-not-necessarily-better-BS
  3. invaLPsion macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2004
    The Northlands

    Try ram from OWC. It's better than crucial's and works fine in all powerbooks in my experience with two of them.
  4. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    The ram is probably defective. Crucial ram should work perfectly with your powerbook because crucial is where apple gets it ram from. Try replacing it. If it happens again go to OWC.

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