I Did It! I upgraded my RAM

Critterbug

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I know a lot of you will say whoop-de-doo, but it's a big deal for me.
I upgraded my RAM all by my li'l self. Wasn't as easy as the videos made it out to be, but my dad, if he were still around would be proud; and a little disappointed it took me so long to try. He was a pioneer in electronics. Taught me how to solder, install tubes, build speaker systems, etc...Thanks Dad, for teaching me what to look for, so I knew it wasn't over when I could still fix it!
Next stop: SSD drive.
:D
 

NightCastle

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I know a lot of you will say whoop-de-doo, but it's a big deal for me.
I upgraded my RAM all by my li'l self. Wasn't as easy as the videos made it out to be, but my dad, if he were still around would be proud; and a little disappointed it took me so long to try. He was a pioneer in electronics. Taught me how to solder, install tubes, build speaker systems, etc...Thanks Dad, for teaching me what to look for, so I knew it wasn't over when I could still fix it!
Next stop: SSD drive.
:D
Good for you. ...and after the SSD, on to replacing the motherboard and CPU;).
 

Ricanlegend

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I know a lot of you will say whoop-de-doo, but it's a big deal for me.
I upgraded my RAM all by my li'l self. Wasn't as easy as the videos made it out to be, but my dad, if he were still around would be proud; and a little disappointed it took me so long to try. He was a pioneer in electronics. Taught me how to solder, install tubes, build speaker systems, etc...Thanks Dad, for teaching me what to look for, so I knew it wasn't over when I could still fix it!
Next stop: SSD drive.
:D
at what time should I start the parade to celebrate this mile stone ? Lmao :)
 

mattonthemoon

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Feb 25, 2007
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I know a lot of you will say whoop-de-doo, but it's a big deal for me.
I upgraded my RAM all by my li'l self. Wasn't as easy as the videos made it out to be, but my dad, if he were still around would be proud; and a little disappointed it took me so long to try. He was a pioneer in electronics. Taught me how to solder, install tubes, build speaker systems, etc...Thanks Dad, for teaching me what to look for, so I knew it wasn't over when I could still fix it!
Next stop: SSD drive.
:D
Great Job, it feels great doing it yourself, eh?
 

alphaod

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So with all this talk about soldering…

Are you saying you upgraded the RAM on your MacBook Air? If so that is impressive.

If we're talking about a MacBook Pro, then I don't really see what the excitement is about. I do upgrades all the time.
 

mattonthemoon

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So with all this talk about soldering…

Are you saying you upgraded the RAM on your MacBook Air? If so that is impressive.

If we're talking about a MacBook Pro, then I don't really see what the excitement is about. I do upgrades all the time.
Well we got to post #14 before some jerk piped in with the "So what?" post...
 

mattonthemoon

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Well if it's just a MacBook Pro, please explain why you're so excited about it.
hmmm maybe he was proud of doing it by himself? Weren't you proud of yourself the first time you upgraded RAM? Upgrades can seem very daunting/scary to someone who has never done it before.

That's what this is about.
 

Ledgem

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hmmm maybe he was proud of doing it by himself? Weren't you proud of yourself the first time you upgraded RAM? Upgrades can seem very daunting/scary to someone who has never done it before.

That's what this is about.
I agree. Once you're used to tinkering around inside of your computer it won't seem like a big deal, but everyone has to start somewhere. I remember the first time I tinkered, all I did was added an extra internal hard drive, but it was the first time I had opened my computer. I was terrified of static, and I treated everything like a fragile shard of glass. Adding RAM requires a fair amount of force for "fragile electronics." So good for Critterbug for trying something new and overcoming any apprehension or fear that he may have had about the process. (And if this was a Macbook Air upgrade, then it's impressive on its technical merit as well.)
 

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Well if it's just a MacBook Pro, please explain why you're so excited about it.
Well well... Captain Buzzkill just arrived at the party.

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I know a lot of you will say whoop-de-doo, but it's a big deal for me.
I upgraded my RAM all by my li'l self.
Nice! :D I remember being scared to death first time I cracked open an expensive MacBook.

That seven seconds waiting for the grey boot screen to come up after working on your computer is the longest time ever.
 

Critterbug

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Well well... Captain Buzzkill just arrived at the party.

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Nice! :D I remember being scared to death first time I cracked open an expensive MacBook.

That seven seconds waiting for the grey boot screen to come up after working on your computer is the longest time ever.
Thank you all...I think. The first 7 seconds were beep...beep...beep. I knew I hadn't seated it right, so I opened up again and finally got it. 30 minutes for a 10 minute install. I count that as a win. +1
And for you guys who say Whoop de doo, I already said it for you. Yeah, I said solder, which may indicate how long it's been since I opened an electronics case. Also, the Pro is just out of warranty, so no freebie fixes if I f'd up. So yeah, all you yay sayers are invited for champagne. I have one bottle, so I hope you're not thirsty. lol:D
And I'm a girl.
 

kjlake

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Good for you. I can't tell you how many times that I've been in a similar situation... These days when I crack open a case to do work, its on enterprise servers for the most part, and folks hate it when they can't get to their stuff...

don't be afraid to dig in further... We are here to help
 

Critterbug

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Good for you. I can't tell you how many times that I've been in a similar situation... These days when I crack open a case to do work, its on enterprise servers for the most part, and folks hate it when they can't get to their stuff...

don't be afraid to dig in further... We are here to help
Thanks! I really appreciate everybody whose been supportive. :)
Just check it out. How many people are posting they've just done something new without getting comments saying: "Duh". Well, I guess not me. I really appreciate the support from people who remember how it feels to do it for the first time. I just wanted to share my joy.
Thanks to all who are celebrating with me. How many "consumers" crack open their macs?
 

Mr. Chewbacca

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Lol. I just did the same thing a week ago. First time to work on a laptop, watched the YouTube videos, washed my hands, got the tools, got a little nervous.

Shockingly easy, I even took the 8gb that was in my Mac (upgraded to 16) and put it in my buddies Mac with 4gb.... Much easier the second time :)

Congrats!!