Questions from a friend


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Mar 12, 2006
N'Albany, Indiana
Friend of mine just e-mailed me and asked a couple of questions that I quite don't know the answers to. When it comes to Mac laptops I'm close to oblivious.

Concerning the MacBook Pro:

First off, is it possible to purchase memory that's cheaper than what I can get through the apple website??

Secondly, would it be possible to later replace the video card? I ask because I know the XT1600 or whatever it comes with is technically DirectX 9.0c compatible (even though DirectX is strictly a windows thing, I would want to buy parallels and run windows vista at a later date), and DX10 will be out in January, so should I just wait or what??


macrumors 6502
Apr 29, 2005
Kenora, ON Canada
It is always cheaper to buy the RAM after the fact.

The GPU is not replaceable and I'm not aware of one that is in a laptop.

As for the compatibility, I have no idea. If it is already compatible as he says it is, then what's the problem?

The General

macrumors 601
Jul 7, 2006

Yes, you can buy any DDR2-667 SO-DIMMs and use them, I have two Corsair's that I got for $80 each on running in my MacBook Pro and it works great, they are even running in dual-channel! :D

As for replacing the video card, no you cannot. The GPU is soldered to the motherboard, so unless your friend REALLY REALLY REALLY knows what he's doing, there is no way to change the video card.

His reasoning on wanting to change the video card is totally flawed; Parallels doesn't support video acceleration, and even if he did change the video card, it wouldn't change a thing. Parallels emulates everything but the CPU, which technically is virtualized, but it only uses one of the two cores the Core Duo has, and for some reason it shows up as a Celeron. So replacing the video card is not an option, and even if it were, there is no point because Paralles doesn't support video acceleration. Aside from the video acceleration, Parallels can run Vista, you just don't get all the eye candy. But from personal experience, RC1 works perfectly using Boot Camp. And yes you do get the eye candy that way. :D

If he wants to use Vista with eye candy, and play DirectX games on his MacBook Pro, the only option he has is to use Boot Camp. ;)

DirectX 10 is not out yet, and anything we could tell you about it would be strictly speculation. I would guess that it would take up to a year or more for Mac's to be getting DirectX 10 video cards. Mac OS X uses OpenGL, and as far as I know a new version for OpenGL isn't due out for a while, at least 6 months after DirectX 10. Because of that, I am doubting that Apple will replace the video cards in their systems with ones that are DirectX 10 compatible, but still OpenGL 2.0, because Mac OS X, again, doesn't use DirectX.


macrumors Core
Jul 24, 2006
The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
Even if you really knew what you were doing, I'm willing to bet that some of the solder joints are so tight you either wouldn't be able to see them or if you did, wouldn't be able to reconnect them to the new GPU without short circuiting something. Either way you'd turn your MBP into a very expensive aluminum box.


macrumors 65816
Aug 15, 2006
the ram is always cheaper to buy from third parties, just make sure you get the right stuff. for the graphics card in laptops no, they are not replaceable