Fixing up my Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Pokefielder, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Pokefielder, Apr 27, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013

    Pokefielder macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2013
    I recently was given a Macbook 2.1, and am looking to upgrade it. It has Snow Leopard downloaded as the latest OS X, it has 1 GB of RAM, and 56/80 Free GB of memory left. I have a few questions, regarding cleaning it out. I've already deleted everything unnecessary, my questions are:

    If I buy 2 GB of RAM, does it replace my current 1 GB or add 2 GB?
    This is the exact RAM I need to buy, because I need to have 2 GB of RAM to download OS X lion (1 more GB than I currently have), is this a good way to buy it?
    How would I install RAM?
    I can't find any other place to download OS X Lion 10.7, other than This, is it safe?
    Is This a good place to buy a new battery?

    If you could answer any of the questions that would be great, thanks.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It replaces it. Your RAM is comprised of two RAM modules and there are only two slots to put them in. So you would remove the two 512MB modules that make up your current 1GB and replace them with two 1GB modules. Your MacBook supports up to 4GB of RAM.
    MacBook: How to remove or install memory

    If you want to buy Lion, call Apple and they will help you. I wouldn't recommend downloading OS X from any source other than Apple. Also, don't download any pirated copy of any software.

    I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery, due to the number of problems reported with "knockoff" batteries. Also, there is no assurance that knockoff batteries have the same charging technology that Apple uses, involving the battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  3. Pokefielder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2013
    Thanks so much, that helps a lot. I'll most likely buy the RAM I listed, hopefully the link helps. I was thinking that it wasn't a great place to buy from, but couldn't find it on the apple site, I'll call. I really wasn't sure if the battery was correct, I'll read that link, I haven't done so yet. Once again, thanks, I know a good amount about cleaning up computers, but when it comes to finding things on the internet, somehow I'm an idiot.
  4. minifridge1138, Apr 27, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013

    minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    The MacBook 2,1 can hold 4GB of ram, but it will only use 3GB of it.

    As for the OS, I have heard that you can call Apple, buy Lion over the phone, and they will give you a redemption code. Open the App Store on your Mac, enter the code, and then you can download Lion.

    It's a bit of a hassle, but it's the only legitimate way to get Lion (unless you can find one of the USB installers that they used to sell at the Apple Store).

    Another thing, the ram in your link will not work in your MacBook. The link is for Desktop memory, not laptop memory. It's not even close.

    I've had good luck buying ram from You can enter your model and they'll show you all the upgrades that will work for your machine. Sometimes they aren't the cheapest, but I've never heard anyone complain about their service or support.

    Good Luck!!!
  5. Pokefielder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2013
    Ok, I would probably only need 2 GB of RAM, I don't really need 4 GB, even if it only uses 3. I'll try that, but I need to do so after I buy the RAM, because I don't currently have enough to upgrade. Ohh, good thing you pointed that out. As long as the site isn't super expensive, I'm fine with paying more for better quality, thanks!
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    I have both snow leopard and Lion...I found Lion caused my 2.4GHz Macbook fans to run a lot more often and louder...I went back to Snow Leopard and fans are once again quiet.

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