Good 3rd party RAM for 12" Powerbooks in Canada?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by nina, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. nina macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
    Hello, all!

    I'm loving my new 12" Powerbook, but I'm looking to fill up its RAM a little bit. I'm hunting for a Mac-friendly 512MB SO-DIMM here in Toronto, Canada.

    I've found a dealer selling Shikatronics RAM for $229.99 (CDN) ( Looking at the Shikatronics website (, it seems like their RAM is manufactured right here in Canada (Montreal)! They also have an Apple-specific section on their website, so hopefully this would be a safe choice (I hear the Powerbooks are picky about RAM)?

    Another option is Canada Computers ( - they advertise a 512MB stick of Kingmax RAM for only $142. I'm a little less comfortable about this manufacturer, especially since the store that's selling it is notoriously tough about returns/exchanges. If it doesn't work in my Powerbook, I'm stuck with it!

    Anyways, I was just wondering if any Powerbook owners are using Shikatronics RAM with no problems. How about Kingmax? Also, if I do purchase new RAM, what's the best way to go about testing it for errors? Thanks a ton!
  2. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004

    This doesn't answer your question directly, but I have tried 2 separate 1 Gb sticks from crucial, purchased at a local apple dealer for a 15" powerbook. While I have heard they have a good reputation, there were freezes & kernal panics with both sticks.

    Reluctantly I purchased a 1Gb stick of Certified brand RAM from canadaram ( They have a pretty good warranty, and the price was substantially less than Crucial or Kingston. I have been using it for a week and no problems (...and oh so much faster!).

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