First Gen Macbook Ram - 2, 3, 3.3, or 4 gigs?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Rapmastac1, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    Ok, so this question has been asked before but it wasn't really answered in a way that I wanted.

    I need to know if the first gen Macbook can be upgraded to (2) 2gig ram cards. I currently have 2 gigs in my machine. So I wanted to buy 4 gigs knowing that I would probably only get 3.3 gigs out of it, it is still worth it to me (until I can afford to upgrade my whole machine...).

    That was a simple question but then everyone started saying that the Santa Rosa chip was the only one that could take all four and that the C2D was the only one that could take all four but only use 3, and it really just became a tug of war of he say she say.

    I know that it can physically take the 4 gigs of ram, but will it be able to use 3.3 gigs of it? Or will I still be stuck in 2 gig land?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
  3. bsheridan macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    Do you have the core duo or core 2 duo model?

    Have a look on the Wikipedia entry about the macbook.

    In the 'memory' section of the table the writing in grey is what the macbook is capable of utilizing for each model.

  4. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    2 Gigs is the limit based on the memory controller. There is no way around this.

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