NEW Late 2008 Macbook Pro Memory Upgrade Problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bella92108, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. bella92108 macrumors 68000

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    So I have a Macbook Pro 2.4 and got it with 2 GB ram installed. I went to Fry's electronics and bought the Patriot 2GBx2 DDR3 1066 PC3-8500 204 Pin kit and I went to install it and when I put them both in the slots it would only recognize a max of 2 GB... any ideas as to why? I've upgraded countless macbook pros and powerbooks but never had this issue. Could it just be incompatible (Patriot?)... Their website isn't updated with the new memory yet... I went to Crucial.com and their site knows about the new memory... should I just order it from there? Suggestions?
     
  2. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Try one stick at a time, in either of the 2 slots.. could be a DOA stick. How much was it, btw? I want to get an upgrade but don't feel like buying online/waiting :D and I have a Fry's nearby.
     
  3. sselemit macrumors member

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    The spec is right. i think one of the ram is falling. Might try to get that one exchange to see what happen.
     
  4. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The 2-pack at fry's (4GB total) is $169 ... not bad considering with Crucial.com it's $141 plus tax (I'm in CA) and shipping $6.99... the Fry's brand is "Patriot" ... since it didn't work I can't recommend. I just ordered the Crucial from the site, hoping for better luck :-(
     
  5. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Oh.. that's too bad :( I have 4 sticks of Patriot RAM in my desktop, and it works fine.
     
  6. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I've bought Patriot 100x before... but this is their first run at the PC3-8500 standard in the 204 pin config. Odd thing I saw is the apple manual for the MBP Late 2008 says to use PC8500 200 pin type... which it only comes in 204... odd. I called Crucial and ordered through them.
     
  7. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, post your impressions when you get it. I'm waiting for Crucial to be in stock @ NewEgg to save a little $ :cool:
     
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Similar issue when I bought Kensington ValueRAM at Fry's. Had 1GB of pre-installed stuff from Apple, bought what I thought was the same darn thing in 2GB at Fry's. Both worked separately, but not together. Since I spent all of $30, it wasn't the end of times, but next time I vow to get Crucial memory because of how much they are raved about on here and how good their flash drives are.
     
  9. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm thinking you bought something else. When I was at Fry's they had just gotten in (the day after apple released the MBP new models) the Patriot 4GB (2GB x 2) kit and they said that's the only one they carry and don't anticipate other brands for 30-60 days... so not sure what you bought, and for $30 it CERTAINLY wasn't PC3-8500 Laptop Memory... going prices TODAY are about $75 per 2GB module ONLINE, and $169.99 for 2x2GB modules at Frys
     
  10. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will do. The deal at Crucial.com right now is $141.99 which is cheaper than buying generic on ebay... price is good.
     
  11. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Crucial Memory Review

    I wanted to follow-up based on my crucial experience... since the Patriot RAM from Frys didn't work I waited for the Crucial memory to come and it worked great, popped it in and it's running just fine. :) So dunno if the Patriot was bad memory or just incompatible but the Crucial 2x2GB works great.
     
  12. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    never buy cheap, no-name RAM. lesson learned!;)
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Patriot isn't a "Fry's" brand and it isn't no name either. ;)
     
  14. nptski macrumors member

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    late 2008 MBP freezing

    I installed the Patriot 4gig kit and thought all was well. I am getting a lot of freezes and and have installed very few apps. I have transfered over my documents folder via firewire copy. I have left the lid open overnight a couple of times and machine frozen. It also freezes while scrolling around in Safari, weird. May be some background activity causing it. I removed the Patriot 4g lit and reinstalled the stock 2g, we'll see.
     
  15. typhoonoid macrumors newbie

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    I have 4gb of g.skill ram from newegg and i am also getting random freezing.
     
  16. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    i know it's not a "Fry's" brand, but it's not a reputable name either. Not for RAM anyway.
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'll just ignore the 2 GB of Patriot RAM that I used in my MacBook and iMac for a year. It's living a happy life in a friend's MacBook now.
     
  18. colecole macrumors newbie

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    crucial ram, same problem

    I did the RAM upgrade and used Crucial RAM and I am having the same freezing problem. It started immediately after swapping out the memory and I haven't installed any apps other than firefox and I haven't moved any of my files over from the old laptop. I don't even have to be doing anything or have any apps open for it to happen. A couple of times, I restart and before I even open a program it's frozen again. This is so frustrating! I have a new, pretty laptop and I'm using the old yellowed macbook. Does anyone know exactly what the problem is? Is it the actual ram that's bad or for whatever reason the computer is having a problem with some peoples ram? It seems odd that there would be that much bad ram out there, but I don't know anything about that kind of thing. Especially seems odd when I've read of others sending back the bad ram, getting new ram and still having the same problem. Has anyone talked to apple?
     
  19. iTouch macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know Patriot doesn't make RAM chips, so it shouldn't matter that it's sold under Patriot brand name. Macs can be picky on what memory chips you install, so it might be a compatibility issue. If you tried different RAM and you're still having the problem. I would be try one stick on at a time in each slot. It could be the slot is fried/problematic and not the memory.
     
  20. nptski macrumors member

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    Well, I took the 4g kit back and got another. I installed and the same problem. I am now going to see if the stock 2g will have the same problem. I am not going to make a career of this.

    I complained to Amazon who is awesome. They have a brand new machine in the air on its way to me as we speak. I have no idea what it is but don't want to be back and forth with Apple. I suspect it is a firmware problem but don't really know. Here is the report it is sent to Apple. I don't know what I am looking at so if someone does, cool, let us know.

    thx

    Mon Oct 27 17:34:26 2008
    panic(cpu 1 caller 0x001A9C5C): Kernel trap at 0x507b81cb, type 6=invalid opcode, registers:
    CR0: 0x8001003b, CR2: 0x00000000, CR3: 0x010b5000, CR4: 0x00000660
    EAX: 0x507bc880, EBX: 0x00000000, ECX: 0x507bbc20, EDX: 0x507bc880
    CR2: 0x00000000, EBP: 0x563a8f48, ESI: 0x00206908, EDI: 0x00000000
    EFL: 0x00010002, EIP: 0x507b81cb, CS: 0x00000008, DS: 0x00000010
    Error code: 0x00000000

    Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
    0x563a8d48 : 0x12b4c9 (0x45aaac 0x563a8d7c 0x1335ba 0x0)
    0x563a8d98 : 0x1a9c5c (0x464070 0x507b81cb 0x6 0x463798)
    0x563a8e78 : 0x1a026d (0x563a8e90 0x64d4128 0x563a8f48 0x507b81cb)
    0x563a8e88 : 0x507b81cb (0xe 0x563a0048 0x1a0000 0x10)
    0x563a8f48 : 0x507aea85 (0x3d4 0x6623084 0x563a40a4 0x66eba00)
    0x563a8f78 : 0x507b05db (0x563a4000 0x3a8fa4 0xc00 0x0)
    0x563a8fb8 : 0x19aaa0 (0x563a40a4 0x563a8ff4 0x131d9e 0x37f0000)
    0x563a8fd8 : 0x1afcb3 (0x563a4000 0x0 0x131cd1 0x563d3000)
    0x563a8ff8 : 0x1a15da (0x80ad00 0x1b8e00 0xffffff80 0x0)
    Backtrace terminated-invalid frame pointer 0
    Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
    com.apple.driver.AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement(59.0.0)@0x507ad000->0x507c5fff

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task

    Mac OS version:
    9F2114

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 9.5.1: Fri Sep 19 16:19:24 PDT 2008; root:xnu-1228.8.30~1/RELEASE_I386
    System model name: MacBookPro5,1 (Mac-F42D86C8)
     
  21. palebluedot macrumors 6502a

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  22. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a

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    I would suggest picking up RAM from this place. They are Mac friendly and the price is very good. I've never had a problem from them.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S4GP/



    Wrong kind of RAM for the newest models. Good price though for the previous gen.
     
  23. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am having the exact same situation. Sometimes I get a kernel panic, sometimes I just freeze up. My report is the same as above. Apple needs to FIX THIS IMMEDIATELY as it's SERIOUSLY HORRID!
     
  24. Encanto macrumors regular

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    Hello everyone, I would like to share that fry's has a great deal on Crucial ram. I bought 2x2GB kit for only $54.00 + tax + a $30.00 rebate. If you do the math you will see that this is a great deal. Offer expires tomorrow 10-30-08. You must go to a Fry's store. This is not an online deal. I m happy with my 4 Gig Ram Penrym Mabook Pro. Hope that if you are reading you will take advantage of this great offer. Good Luck.
     
  25. nptski macrumors member

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    Silly me, I thought that was a bit too good to be true. I went to Fry's anyway and they do not have any Crucial ram at that price. I'm pretty sure that was for Dimms not Sodimms.
     

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