Max RAM for MacBook Pro 17" ... 6GB or 8GB??

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  1. ajmitch macrumors newbie

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    Greetings All - I'm hoping this forum can help answer a pretty simple question. My goal is to increase my MacBook Pro 17" (2008) to 8GM of RAM. I just purchased and installed a 4GB chip - DDR2 SDRAM, 667 MHz based on the information I received from the company "Data Memory Systems, Inc." (which went very well, by the way), so now my system has 6GB of RAM in total. The question I have is why I can't purchase another 4GB chip for the other slot, thus giving my Mac 8GB RAM? Will my Mac recognize the extra 2GB of RAM and more importantly - will this damage my Mac?
    Any thoughts from those with actual experience would be greatly appreciated.
    In advance - Thanx! AJMITCH
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You cannot upgrade to more than 6Gb of RAM, it is a hardware limitation, the chipset just won't accept more on that generation machine.

    You won't damage anything if you add in 8Gb, it just won't boot, or if it does, it'll be very unstable and crash a whole lot.
     
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  4. ajmitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for clarifying!

    I very much appreciate your response.
     
  5. ajmitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for clarifying!

    Thank you much!
     

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