since ive upgraded to 4gb ram in black macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bob2131, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    Closing/quitting apps is super fast.
    Opening apps seems same as before on 2gb.

    I still get the spinning icon often....even though i have lots of free ram....
    so i think the spinning icon is not entirely about amount of ram....i thought it was...when swap and paging occurs due to low ram available.....

    Boot up time is faster i feel.

    Macbook gets WAY hotter now ...compared to when i had 2gb......
  2. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    That's interesting, I've been thinking about upgrading my Macbook to 4gb myself. Would you say that it was a good investment overall, or not?
  3. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    I dont think the RAM should affect this.
    Maybe your just looking for something to be different?
    Do you have temps that your comparing before and after or is this based on touch?
  4. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    depends on waht you use mac for.... i have mine on all the time...and have lots of apps open...some intensive, some not.... i def needed to i did some monitoring on activity monitor and other performance indicator tests......

    big fast and lots of free hard drive drive space is also very desireable.....this is gonna help too......

    yes i recommend it....but only if your current ram is gettting maxed out....2gb is fine...if you are careful ie..close other apps etc and work on one intetensive one..... that works fine a balancing act....

    i only paid £40 for 4gb from its cheap anyway.....
  5. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    it def affected the temperature.... i felt it on my lap...... first time since ive had it...... REALLY hot..... slightly concerning, cause once i put a 7200 rpm drive inside will run much more could blow or malfunction.....
  6. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    No, no, no. The new 7200's run at the same temperature as the older 5400's.
    I have noticed no temperature issues from adding 4GB of ram and a
    Seagate 7200 HD. Runs fast and I rarely see any beach balls.

    PS- You do not the extra adjective...."much hotter" is sufficient.
  7. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    dude... ive read and re-read people saying 7200rpm drives will heat up laptops considerably more than 5400rpm drives. Its just a fact of the faster drives.

    Hope youre right. I think diff people have diff results, based on diff models and add-ons.
  8. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I paid like $50 to upgrade to 4gb of ram in my macbook. I figured I was stupid NOT to do it.
  9. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    7200 RPM drives aren't hotter. In fact, some are cooler.
    But that RAM seems bad. The temperature should definitely not go up.
  10. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    its only hotter when recharging battery i thinnk.....

    its happy. :D
  11. Sparky19 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    i recently upgraded my ram to 4gb, its worth it and ram is cheap too so its not a massive investment unless you decide to buy ram from apple
  12. istinkles macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    If i upgrade from 2gb to 4gb of ram, will my games run smoother? like spore and WoW?
  13. djarsalan2006 macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    New York City
    when i have upgraded my white macbook ram from 2 to 4, i used to get weird noises from my computer, so what i did, i took out one of the 2GB chips and put the 1gb i have had before, so now i have 3GB on my macbook and it works fine

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