How Much RAM Can My Macbook Take ???

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  1. musicmad2000 macrumors member

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    Hi

    I have a 13-inch, Aluminum Macbook 5.1 Late 2008)
    Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-8500 1066.

    How much RAM can this model take ? And what PIN slot does it use 200 or 204 ???
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Your Macbook can take up to 8GB of ram. It uses the smaller laptop 204-pin kind.
     
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  4. xSPRINTERx macrumors regular

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    Yes it can... Here is my screen grab from my upgrade this weekend.

    Screen Shot 2012-05-29 at 20.53.25.png

    Screen Shot 2012-05-29 at 20.52.57.png


    I also put an SSD into the superdrive bay... wow she's quick now.
     
  5. musicmad2000 thread starter macrumors member

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    What kind of Macbook do you have ? is it identical to mine?

    Macbook 5.1 13inch Aluminum late 2008 ?

    Because by your screenshot it seems your correct.

    Why! then is (Apple Support) stating in there tech specs that this model can only go up to 4GB Max ?
     
  6. xSPRINTERx, May 29, 2012
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    xSPRINTERx macrumors regular

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    Screen Shot 2012-05-29 at 21.39.30.png
    Yep same as yours.. Apple updated the EFI FW some time ago which allows the system to support 8gb.

    This link explains it better than I can

    I took my serial number out of the shot as I didn't want to post it on the internet. My macbook is the same as yours the top picture shows this.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    The aluminum Macbook has always been able to use 8GB of ram. The Apple has often understated the maximum amount of ram their machines can use.
     
  8. xSPRINTERx macrumors regular

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    Really ? thats not what I have read..

    Oh well I have 8gb in my macbook and she fly's....
     
  9. musicmad2000 thread starter macrumors member

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    xSRINTERx What OS are you running on your MB OS X Leopard or OS X Snow Leopard
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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    The white late-2008 Macbooks could only see and use 6GB when launched. They got a firmware update to unlock the chipset's full 8GB support. The aluminimum ones have always been able to see and use 8GB.
     
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    lion, when I upgraded from snowy it was beach balling for fun upgraded the ram. Now it's perfect.

    cool thanks for clearing that up for me.
     

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