How much RAM does your MacBook have?

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  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    I have a late 2007 MacBook and I still have it loaded with the original 1GB of RAM that came preinstalled.

    My macbook has increasingly been running ridiculously slow lately (over the past 6-12 months) and freezing with the beachball of doom for minutes at a time occasionally and I was wondering how much of that is attributed to my lack of RAM. Yeah I realize 1GB probably just doesn't cut it anymore, so would an upgrade fix all my issues or should I try something else. I bought SL when it first came out, but that hasn't seemed to really help anything.

    How much RAM do you have in your macbook?
     
  2. missingbite macrumors newbie

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    I have the very last Black Macbook running 4GB of RAM. It is plenty fast! I would say upgrade if you can. RAM is cheap.
     
  3. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

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    I think mine is 2007 also

    Here is my system specs, and I have no speed issues.

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Model listed in my sig, 2GB factory config still.
     
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  6. Slower Pace macrumors member

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    Aluminum MacBook 4GB

    I just recently added 4GB (from 2GB) to my aluminum MacBook, at a cost of $150. It is so much better! Before I added more memory I would check my usage with Activity Monitor and invariably would be using some swap memory (storing information on the hard drive instead of a memory chip). Now I never use swap memory, no matter how many programs are running. Everything is faster and smoother. I would never buy another Mac with less that 4GB of memory after seeing the difference.
     
  7. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    are you having any speed issues?
     
  8. Xenophon macrumors regular

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    Here's mine (early 2009 alu unibody):

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    Works like a charm, pity I can't put in 8Gb and that the SSD-drives are still so expensive.
     
  9. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    I maxed out my late 2007 MacBook with 4 GB as soon as I got it. The upgrade was pretty cheap back then (from Crucial I think), probably even more so now. Plus it's really easy to install new ram yourself on the old macbooks, and you'll see a good proper jump in performance.
     
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    Still running 1 Gb on my late-2006 MB. No issues.
     
  12. standingquiet macrumors 6502

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    2007 Model

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook 2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
     
  13. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Same as you and I have the same issue (may even have the same computer. Mid 2007 Macbook 2.0 ghz).

    Honestly, I think RAM is its problem but I also question if wiping the hard drive and reinstalling the stuff I want may not also speed it up.

    But I've been dieing for an excuse to upgrade it. Apple hasn't really given me one but my own computer is finding small reasons to annoy me (though none really non fixable yet).
     
  14. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Unless you actually have a MacBook Pro, how did you get your MacBook to actually recognize a full 8GB of RAM?
     
  15. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah same. I've been wanting to upgrade for a while. Especially with the new aluminum 13" macbook pros. But that's a lot of money to spend if all I need to do is spend like $150 on RAM
     
  16. brendu macrumors 68020

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    13" macbook pro...

    2GB ram was still beachballing more than I wanted after I replaced the stock HDD so I upgraded the RAM to 4GB... I still have some beachballing but not nearly as much... I really think a huge part of it under leopard and snow leopard is the HDD... I am planning on buying a SSD as soon as 256GB models are under $400 and if I can hold out maybe even under $300
     
  17. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    What's annoying is that it seems my computer has slowed down. I don't remember it beachballing when it was new. It was very smooth and worked well then.

    I am thinking it's a combo of both needing more RAM for newer systems and newer applications (Firefox has become quite the either ram or processor or both hog) and also probably being loaded down with extra crap I don't even know it's running (spyware and stuff but for some reason I thought Macs weren't as prone. But I kinda think if I did a hard drive wipe and reinstall that might help smooth my computer's performance).
     
  18. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    The October 2009 white Unibody will recognize, utilize 8, but Apple only states 4. :apple:
     
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    Ah, that's nice! My unibody MacBook from 2008 has 4GB. It can go up to 6GB, but I find the 4GB sticks to be obnoxiously expensive.
     
  21. avsfan77 macrumors newbie

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    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 8 GB


    I used 2x Lenovo 4GB chips and have had no issues at all (except a faster machine).

    My machine was manufactured in early January. A co-worker has a machine, also from early January, running 8GB of RAM with no issues as well.
     

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