Got sick of the Unibody freezing issues, did something about it!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TheSpecialist08, May 28, 2009.

  1. TheSpecialist08 macrumors member

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    So i bought my Macbook with 2 gigs of ram and upgraded it with 4 gigs of OWC ram (back when it was $145, now its $69) and the freezing began! Ive had two replacements from OWC, but the new ram doesn't seem to make a difference. Even with the original 2 gigs, the macbook doesn't fail to freeze. Something tells me this issue goes deeper than 2 or 4 gigs of ram. Perhaps there is an under volt or power issue somewhere. Though my phone support has long since expired, the apple rep. thought my problem was so ridiculous that he still accepted my call (usually they just say sorry, cant help ya) Unfortunately ive gotta send the macbook in for repair, but hopefully they can nail this problem out.

    So instead of troubling yourself with finding the best ram and spending time and money getting replacements, have apple use their time and resources to fix their flaw.
     
  2. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    did you ever stop to think that maybe...just maybe...your situation is unique? usually it is just bad ram... i wasn't aware there was a "unibody freezing issue"
     
  3. TheSpecialist08 thread starter macrumors member

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    It could be unique, but this issue is so widespread that not all of it can be blamed on bad ram. how can a good percentage of people who upgrade to 4 gigs receive "bad ram?" I dont know how widespread the problem is now, I bought my macbook the week they came out. Maybe apple quietly fixed this problem in later productions.
     
  4. TheSpecialist08 thread starter macrumors member

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    got tired of copy and pasting (read article 3, some posters here on MR are just a*sholes)
     
  5. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    idk, i was the first person to buy one at my nearest apple store and i upgraded without a problem
     
  6. TheSpecialist08 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yah, it seems to be a scattered issue, just be lucky yours works fine! lol. Oh yah, what kind of ram do you have, samsung?
     
  7. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    its not actually manufactured by samsung so it doesnt have the samsung brand on it, but the little black rectangles that i cant remember the name of at this intoxicated moment, have samsung written on them. i got it on ebay
     
  8. hellfire88 macrumors 6502

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    Yea, I didn't want to deal with the freezing issue after 4GB RAM upgrade that I read about in a few threads so when I got my uMB 2.4GHz I just ordered it with 4GB straight from Apple. Costs more than buying 3rd party and upgrading yourself but at least it works fine out of the box and even if it didn't its covered under Applecare. Hope the repair works out for you OP!
     
  9. TheSpecialist08 thread starter macrumors member

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    Update, got my macbook back from apple, noticed they re installed the OS and ran some tests. The report came back inconclusive (naturally.) Good thing though, I did get my 4 gigs of samsung ram from OWC today. Everything is installed and working fine, havnt had one stutter or crash.

    I messaged my friend Jason on facebook about this issue. He was a genius at the store I worked at, Arden Fair in Sacramento. Now hes been promoted to a technician at the apple hub out here in Elk Grove. Heres what he had to say about the issue:

    "Regarding your dilemma, with OWC RAM, it's honestly not surprising. I've heard numerous horror stories from people that have gone through 2 and 3 sets to finally get a pair that work properly. To further add insult to injury, the newer EFI Boot ROMs absolutely hates some RAM... even Apple RAM that's potentially acting funny or through too much/not enough power.

    The SMC acts different on battery power vs. A/C power and I've seen several scenarios where something will happen (like a sleep issue, or what have you) with one type of power environment but not with the other. Regrettably, there really isn't an easy "do this" type fix.

    I'd be curious if you can get your hands on some Apple RAM. Even if it involves buying it with the expectation of returning it. Because if the Apple RAM works just fine, you've validated your issue right then and there.

    I realize that's probably not the answer you want to hear, but when it comes to 3rd party RAM you've essentially done the troubleshooting for us already."
     
  10. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    ***t happens. :rolleyes:

    there is always going to be something wrong with a few electronic devices that roll out of the assembly line. it's unfortunate but, just like anything that is made by man - nothing is perfect.

    i do however, wish you and your macbook the best. i know it can be quite frustrating.
     
  11. TheSpecialist08 thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha i feel ya, everything is fine now, thanks for the blessings!
     
  12. iomatic macrumors regular

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    I used to buy third-party RAM with zero problems until it froze an iBook and an iMac (Intel) machines. I finally got Crucial, and have had no problems with any machines.

    Except for some video artifacting with the iMac; I think that machine is dying.
     
  13. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Perfectly working unibody MacBook with 4GB of Crucial RAM here, too. For my last three machines, I've only got Crucial RAM. Very good prices for an apparently very good product.
     

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