Worth Upgrading RAM (for Lion) on MB 2,1?

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  1. hazertag macrumors newbie

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    Forgive my noobness and lack of concrete specs. Can furnish later but want to get this out there before I forget.

    I have a MB 2,1 that im *fairily* certain only needs a RAM upgrade to get to OSX Lion. Currently on 10.6.

    Going to do a clean (backed up) install and am wondering if it would be worth it to get the RAM and OS increment during the whole process.

    What $$ am I looking at for the RAM upgrade?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    This will give you an idea about pricing.
    Your MacBook2,1 can upgrade to 2 x 2GB PC2-5300 SODIMMS.
    Total of 4 GB installed, but only 3 GB is the maximum that is used. You may get a (slight) speed benefit from a matched pair, but you could simply get 1 x 2GB, and 1 x 1GB to get that 3GB max.
     
  3. hazertag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well 2x2 seems redundant.

    How much for a 2x1 + 1x1 materials?

    Can a layman do this or will I need to find someone qualified?

    I know Macs are notoriously hard to work on.
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    2x2 gives you 3 GB for your MacBook, with perhaps more boost (if you notice it) by having a matched pair - not exactly what I would call "redundant" :D

    Sorry, I forget the link to some memory - if you need it.
    http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-memory-for/Apple/macbook-(mid-2007)

    I agree, some Macs are challenging to repair/upgrade, but not for every task.
    For example, the MacBook is amazingly simple to upgrade the memory.
    Here's a quick guide for that: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Core+2+Duo+RAM+Replacement/512
     
  5. hazertag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I would be better off buying 2x2 and having one GB that I cant use?

    Cool seems simple enough, thanks for the info!
     
  6. ChrisHemphill macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered 4 gb OWC ram from macsales.com for my 2,1 MacBook. 57.99 with shipping.
     
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    A RAM upgrade is always worth it on a machine that old. Every little spec bump helps.
     
  8. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I heard someone saying you could build a RAM drive in the wasted space. If this is possible, I wonder if it couldn't be possible adding even more RAM (like 8GB) and setting up an even bigger RAM drive for, perhaps, a browser cache or other stuff you need fast I/O (compiling a large project, for example).
     
  9. hazertag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just did the scan on crucial.com, and it says my macbook (late 2006) can only support up to 2GB of memory.

    is this PER SLOT? or was I told wrong above?
     
  10. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Yes
    Crucial is correct, but isn't telling you about other options.
    Other sites, some of which have tested this years ago, have additional information. One such is OWC:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/MacBook/DDR2/
    and a quote from that page:
    And, I can tell you from personal experience that the 2GB x 2 works in your MacBook.
     
  11. hazertag thread starter macrumors newbie

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  12. hazertag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I ordered the same exact one. Should be here Monday, then its surgery time.

    Backup>Ram Upgrade>Lion

    All this in the face of Yosemite looking all dapper.
     
  13. iancflam macrumors member

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    WORTH upgrading HDD to SSD for Lion on MB2.1?

    WORTH upgrading HDD to SSD for Lion on MB2.1?

    I have the same Macbook white with 3Gb Ram and 80Gb stock HDD, currently on SL 10.6.8

    Currently using Magic Mouse but noticed many Multi-touch function is disabled...
    Planned to pass this MB for family use..

    Is it worthwhile/ Shall I upgrade the HDD to SSD and update to Lion 10.7?
    Anyone who tried can advise?

    Thanks in advance!:)
     
  14. ChrisHemphill macrumors newbie

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    It's definitely worth it. You will notice a big difference in start up time and the time it takes for apps to open. I have a 60 gb ssd in mine and just put 2x2 gb ram sticks in.
     
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Most of the time an SSD upgrade is worth it.
     
  16. iancflam macrumors member

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    SSD-> Lion

    Thanks all for your advice.

    I will buy a 120 Gb Samsung EVO 840 SSD.
    With that do you recommend I shall stay on Snow Leopard or Lion with SSD?

    Any performance reduce due to the new OS?
     
  17. iancflam macrumors member

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    Are you now using Snow Leopard or Lion?
     
  18. ChrisHemphill macrumors newbie

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    I'm using Lion. It runs pretty smooth for me.
     
  19. iancflam macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot! I think I will go ahead and upgrade to Lion , solely for the multitouch and dictionary function!
     
  20. ChrisHemphill macrumors newbie

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    You're welcome. This is my first Mac, but I like it so much that I'm gonna get a rMBP in September.
     

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