Upgrading ram weird problem

whyapplewhy

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So I have a Macbook Pro (mid-2009), that currently has 2x2gb ram in it (4gb). A friend just bought a new macbook with 2x4gb, but upgraded to 2x8gb so he gave me the two new sticks of ram (4gb each).

When installing the two new ones I have incurred a strange problem. I stick the two new rams in there and try to boot my macbook and all it does it beep at me. I looked it up and it signifies a problem with the ram which was expected.

Anyways this is where it gets weird, I can leave one stick of 4gb ram in there with one of the 2gb sticks of ram and it boots up to 6gb of rams. I have mix and matched both sticks of the 4gb in both different slots and each works perfectly fine when paired with a 2gb stick of my old ram.

However, whenever I install both the two 4gb sticks on my computer, it will not boot but only beep at me. I have repeatedly made sure I have pushed them in all the way and installed correctly but it doesn't work.

Any suggestions?
 

T5BRICK

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It's possible that your mid-2009 model simply doesn't like running dual channel with the mid-2012 MBP 1600MHz memory.

What are the specs on the new memory?
 

ideal.dreams

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I hade the same issue when upgrading my 4GB of RAM to 8GB. Reseating the RAM fixed the problem for me, so I'd give that a try...make sure that the RAM sticks are seated securely.
 

whyapplewhy

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Ok guys I figured it out. My computer runes 1067 MHz and these are 1600 MHz so my computer downclocks the one stick when running it with the 2gb stick. However I think I will just install the old ones in there since it isn't recommended to run it like this.
 

T5BRICK

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Ok guys I figured it out. My computer runes 1067 MHz and these are 1600 MHz so my computer downclocks the one stick when running it with the 2gb stick. However I think I will just install the old ones in there since it isn't recommended to run it like this.
That makes sense. Just FYI, your computer will probably work with 2 x 8GB 1333MHz memory. My mid-2009 13" MBP does, and it even runs at full speed instead of throttling down to 1067MHz.
 
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chrisvee

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Happened to me once when installing stock 2010 MBP RAM into a 2009 MBP. Took the sticks out, blew at the slots, and reinstalled them. All good! Dust perhaps? :eek: