RAM Install Question

horace528

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I have two questions about installing more RAM for the MBP Mid-2010 edition.

1. On iFixit (http://goo.gl/tHr8K), there is Step 3, where you can pull out the battery connection thing from the logic board. After you do this with the spudger, how do you get it back in? Do you just press it back in, or is there a special way to do this?

2. Also, on Step 5, there's the part where you install the RAM. How do you exactly do this? iFixit did explain it vaguely, but I really do not know how exactly to get a new RAM chip in. Also, I'm planning to install a new RAM chip, not taking out any other chips.

Thanks!
 

Macman45

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I have two questions about installing more RAM for the MBP Mid-2010 edition.

1. On iFixit (http://goo.gl/tHr8K), there is Step 3, where you can pull out the battery connection thing from the logic board. After you do this with the spudger, how do you get it back in? Do you just press it back in, or is there a special way to do this?

2. Also, on Step 5, there's the part where you install the RAM. How do you exactly do this? iFixit did explain it vaguely, but I really do not know how exactly to get a new RAM chip in. Also, I'm planning to install a new RAM chip, not taking out any other chips.

Thanks!

1) Yes, gently press it back in, ensuring that it's level as it goes in.

2) You should find that the empty slot is on top...All you will need to do is insert the new RAM and push until it clicks into place...It can take a little effort to do, but you will hear a "Click" as it seats in. Also ensure the chip is level as you insert it, and be sure you are grounded to avoid any static.
 

justperry

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I have two questions about installing more RAM for the MBP Mid-2010 edition.

1. On iFixit (http://goo.gl/tHr8K), there is Step 3, where you can pull out the battery connection thing from the logic board. After you do this with the spudger, how do you get it back in? Do you just press it back in, or is there a special way to do this?

2. Also, on Step 5, there's the part where you install the RAM. How do you exactly do this? iFixit did explain it vaguely, but I really do not know how exactly to get a new RAM chip in. Also, I'm planning to install a new RAM chip, not taking out any other chips.

Thanks!
1. If you remember how it got out you should do the reverse to plug it in again.

2. move the tabs away from the RAM, so on the left push to the left, on the right push to the right, the RAM is kinda spring loaded and flips up when you do this.
Don't use to much pressure, if you've done it once you will never forget, they are always the same.(On Apple products)
 

snaky69

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I have two questions about installing more RAM for the MBP Mid-2010 edition.

1. On iFixit (http://goo.gl/tHr8K), there is Step 3, where you can pull out the battery connection thing from the logic board. After you do this with the spudger, how do you get it back in? Do you just press it back in, or is there a special way to do this?

2. Also, on Step 5, there's the part where you install the RAM. How do you exactly do this? iFixit did explain it vaguely, but I really do not know how exactly to get a new RAM chip in. Also, I'm planning to install a new RAM chip, not taking out any other chips.

Thanks!
1. You just pop it back in.

2. You're going to have to remove a RAM stick if you are to put a new one in. Macs only have two RAM slots and they are both filled from the factory, say 2x2GB sticks for a 4GB mac.

Watch a video, it's really simple to remove and put back in.
 

horace528

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Thanks for all of these kind answers! Now the only problem is me getting everything right... :D
 

justperry

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Thanks for all of these kind answers! Now the only problem is me getting everything right... :D
It's not hard to do, just relax and take your time, next time you can do it much faster.:)

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Just take your time, and make sure you have that wrist strap for static..You'll be fine...once you've done it it gets easier every time!:)
I think I kinda have to disagree here, no need for this strap, just touch the MBP metal to equalise, and never change computer parts while you are on a carpet, tiles/concrete is much better.

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And, unlike iFixit don't hold the RAM like in the link, hold it on the sides.
 

Macman45

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It's not hard to do, just relax and take your time, next time you can do it much faster.:)

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I think I kinda have to disagree here, no need for this strap, just touch the MBP metal to equalise, and never change computer parts while you are on a carpet, tiles/concrete is much better.

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And, unlike iFixit don't hold the RAM like in the link, hold it on the sides.
Being safe is way better than being ( expensively ) sorry....I always use a strap..Yep 99.99 % of the time you'll be fine, but I don't want to take that chance..:)
 

justperry

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Being safe is way better than being ( expensively ) sorry....I always use a strap..Yep 99.99 % of the time you'll be fine, but I don't want to take that chance..:)
I would do too if I have one, I actually studied electronics so I am aware of SE, but, it isn't as bad as 20-30 years ago, and if you don't touch the RAM's contacts there is little chance it will damage it.
It also depends on the person, the weather, what surface you are on amongst others.
Some people have huge problems with SE, most are not.
 

Macman45

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I would do too if I have one, I actually studied electronics so I am aware of SE, but, it isn't as bad as 20-30 years ago, and if you don't touch the RAM's contacts there is little chance it will damage it.
It also depends on the person, the weather, what surface you are on amongst others.
Some people have huge problems with SE, most are not.
It does depend on the person, and on the clothing they are wearing...Today's synthetic fabrics are full of SE...I have a dressing gown that is capable of generating a spark one inch from any metal source....True...I will attempt to take a video for fun...:)
 

justperry

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It does depend on the person, and on the clothing they are wearing...Today's synthetic fabrics are full of SE...I have a dressing gown that is capable of generating a spark one inch from any metal source....True...I will attempt to take a video for fun...:)
Yeah, do post one.

I have seen such sparks as well but the biggest one I saw nearby was when an old cable short circuited behind a 125 Amps Fuse, several meters.
The old linen cable was soaked with water, the guy next to me was holding a small tube light in his hand, I switched on the main switch, it then short circuited, the guy jumped, throwing the light away, ran away and did not ever see him again.
 

Macman45

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Yeah, do post one.

I have seen such sparks as well but the biggest one I saw nearby was when an old cable short circuited behind a 125 Amps Fuse, several meters.
The old linen cable was soaked with water, the guy next to me was holding a small tube light in his hand, I switched on the main switch, it then short circuited, the guy jumped, throwing the light away, ran away and did not ever see him again.
We should really stay on topic....but I'll try...probably going to need a friend to take the shot in the dark, but yes, it generates a nice blue spark...( Hurts too)
 

hallux

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One thing to keep in mind when installing the memory is that it starts out at about a 45* angle to the slot, unlike installing in a desktop where the memory is inserted in the same orientation it will remain in. It then gets pressed down to clip in place. A video will show this.