Why do I see more of the spinning beach ball with 4GB ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kurenaiz, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. kurenaiz macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    I just installed the 2x2 = 4GB ram from OWC.

    The first try, my macbook pro won't boot in to leopard and there's strange lines running through the screen.

    I switch the rams to different slots, and it works.

    Now I've been booting up and shutting down for about 5 times, and it still works perfectly.

    The only problem I have right now is that my machine seems to be slower with these 4GB OWC ram than it was with the stock rams.

    Do they need time to adjust or some sort of burn-in period?

    Anybody also has a lower performance with 4GB?
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Sounds like either your HDD is failing or you're having motherboard issues.
  3. kurenaiz thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Why so?

    Talking about HDD, it was just recently that I find the hdd noise annoying.
  4. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    maybe u zapped ur hard drive installing memoryy...

    did u use an anti-static glove when u installed it? cuz u probably touched internal parts and zapped it.
  5. kurenaiz thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Didn't use the glove, but the hdd noise started about a week ago.

    If I did zap the hdd, why would it result in laggy performance?
  6. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    There was an article floating around that with the late-2008 MacBook's and MacBook Pro's that if you installed 4GB whether it be Apple RAM or 3rd Party RAM there was a performance issue? This might be it, unless Apple already addressed that problem?
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    When you get the beachball does the whole computer become unusable? You cant do anything including in other programs, or does it only apply to the program your using?

    If its the whole computer freezing then thats bad RAM, and you shouldn't have bought cheap OWC RAM, always get Crucial or Kensington. You only get what you pay for, whats OWC's return policy like?

    I assume it still works perfectly with the old stock RAM put back in? If so then its definitely the cheap OWC stuff.

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