Macbook 13" Memory Upgrade

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  1. viper15 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry in advance for not provide the specifics on my model, but I have a white Macbook 13.3" that was manufactured in 2007. After running my serial number through powerbookmedic.com, I found that my model's max RAM is 2 GB. Here are my quesitons:

    1. I'm going to buy two 1GB sticks to replace the RAm I have now. Is it safe to exceed the 2GB limit and insert two 2GB sticks?
    2. Is there a specific type of RAM that I should make sure I have? What is the difference between DDR2 and DDR3, and does it relate to my model?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. session101 macrumors regular

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    i would just get your RAM from Crucial website, its really cheap. Make sure that they are matching sticks, i think your RAM will be DDR2
     
  3. rederstorm macrumors newbie

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    I totally agree, i have the same macbook and upgraded to 4gb of RAM and it was quite cheap!
     
  4. darrennie macrumors newbie

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    viper15, here are the specs for the Macbooks made in 2007 according to MacTracker. You should be able to max out either model you have for a dirt cheap price. Good luck.

    Macbook 13" (Mid 2007)
    Model Identifier MacBook2,1
    Model Number A1181
    Order Number MB061LL/A (White), MB062LL/A (White), MB063LL/A (Black)
    Maximum RAM 3.0 GB (Actual) 2.0 GB (Apple)
    Type of RAM Slots 2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM

    Macbook 13" (Late 2007)
    Model Identifier MacBook3,1
    Model Number A1181
    Order Number MB061LL/B (White), MB062LL/B (White), MB063LL/B (Black)
    Maximum RAM 6.0 GB (Actual) 4.0 GB (Apple)
    Type of RAM Slots 2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM
     
  5. viper15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My computer is the mid 2007. Although the max ram capacity is 3 GB as listed, would it be safe to go 4 gb?
     
  6. ruiz00tx macrumors newbie

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    Dang, I have a mid 2007 model and just upgraded from 1GB to 2GB about a week ago. I was told at Fry's and read the specs on Apple's website that 2GB was the most it could hold.
     
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    It's safe in that it won't explode or anything bad like that. Your MacBook will refuse to recognise anything over 3GB, so it's a waste installing 4GB.
     
  8. skyttq macrumors newbie

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    i payed 140 dollars at bestbuy for 2x2 2gigs ddr 3 ram 2 months ago.. is it over priced??
     
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Memory prices fluctuate from month to month.
     
  10. ruiz00tx macrumors newbie

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    I paid $34 for 2 - 1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 at Fry's for what it's worth.
     
  11. session101 macrumors regular

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    bestbuy is always retail prices.... i bought mine from newegg
     
  12. fenskezen, Sep 16, 2011
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    fenskezen macrumors regular

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    I have no computer skills at all and managed to upgrade this macbook from 2GB to 4 GB. I bought from Crucial. It was my first time buying anything like this on line and was a great experience. The one think I will say is when you put the memory in, make sure it is seated in far enough. In my macbook, it took some effort.

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    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: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.31f1
    Serial Number (system):
    Hardware UUID:
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

    Total cost was $53.98
     
  13. JohnPhamlore macrumors regular

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    Crucial ram upgrade for Macbook 2,1 went fine

    I recently upgraded the ram in my Macbook 2,1 (mid 2007) using Crucial memory, CT2KIT25664AC667 4GB kit (2GBx2). I was well aware this particular Macbook model could only use 3GB, nevertheless, I am perfectly satisfied with my purchase as there were no problems with the ram whatsoever, the system works fine with Mac OS X Lion, and the price before tax and shipping was approximately $50 USD.

    Where people run into trouble is buying ram from a manufacturer and/or model for which they have not read someone else having success in their particular Macbook. The reason I have read is that Macs can be somewhat picky in say the particular frequency so that one cannot simply think DDR2 or whatever.

    It might be useful to acquire a Phillips #00 screwdriver to work with the small screws holding the retaining plate in. And although it would not be needed for ram upgrading, one might as well see if the source for the Phillips screwdriver also happens to carry Torx T6 screwdrivers, in case one is later interested in upgrading/replacing the hard drive. Good luck.
     
  14. z7tjxd45, Sep 17, 2011
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    z7tjxd45 macrumors member

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    I picked up a 2x 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 ram from crucial a couple weeks ago for $35 getting rid of it now for $30. Let me know if you want it.
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    Ended up going 8GB although apple notes 4GB as max.
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