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Topic # 30968 27-Feb-2009 16:07
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I have a 2yo Macbook. Now running Leopard. Its getting S L O W ! I have 1gb memory. Is adding another gb going to help? Thanks.

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  Reply # 198413 27-Feb-2009 16:15
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Short answer is yes, more memory will help Leopard run better.
You need to find out what type of memory you have though.  Do you have 1x 1GB stick of ram, or 2x 512Mb sticks of RAM.  That way you'll know if you have a free slot or not.  If you have 1x 1Gb stick just buy another 1Gb stick to make 2Gb (or 1x 2Gb stick to total 3Gb).  If you have 2x 512Mb sticks then replace them both with 1x 2GB or 2x 1Gb, etc.  
To find this out you can turn the MacBook off, turn it over, take the battery out, unscrew the panel surrounding the battery bay and take off the cover.  There you will find the two memory slots with two levers to eject the memory.  

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  Reply # 198430 27-Feb-2009 18:50
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alternatively to save opening the Macbook twice,
go to About this Mac under the apple menu in top left corner,
select more info
goto memory and see what is in each of the two slots.
if only one slot is listed you will only need to buy one 1GB stick.


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  Reply # 198445 27-Feb-2009 22:00
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I recently put in 2x2gb for less than $150.

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  Reply # 198470 28-Feb-2009 08:43
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Yeah, don't fall for Apple's scam of charging $600 for 2x 2GB modules. The latest models are apparently _very_ picky about what RAM they'll take, but the 07/08 models seem to accept anything of the right spec. (667Mhz DDR2 SODIMM). Compatible modules can be found for as little as around $50 each. I'm pretty sure that the memory management system in Leopard is 64-bit so unlike the 32-bit versions of Windows, it'll quite happily use the full 4GB. It's a worthwhile upgrade, it doesn't take all that much to start using up around 2GB, especially if you're running Parallels or VMWare.

1GB really is a bare minimum for Leopard, you'll start running into a swapfile pretty quickly with that much if you're doing anything more intensive than just web browsing & email.



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  Reply # 198482 28-Feb-2009 09:19
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Many thanks for all the info.

Hasole - where did you buy the memory?

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  Reply # 198502 28-Feb-2009 11:10
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Be aware the 2yo MacBook will only take up to 3GB of memory, so if you get 2x 2GB sticks you won't be able to use the full amount.



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  Reply # 202601 22-Mar-2009 13:08
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A happy ending to this. I bought 2 x 1gb memory modules on Trade Me for $13 each (no typo - thirteen dollars each).
I thought this was ridiculously cheap but the seller is an Apple specialist with 100% positive feedback on hundreds of trades so given that and the small amount of money involved there wasn't a lot at stake. It turned out that the brand supplied was the same brand as the memory that was already in there. 
The upgrade was very straghtforward but you do need to push the memory in very firmly. It took us a few attempts to get it fully engaged as we weren't inclined to force it and hope for the best.
Upgrade very worthwhile - performance is noticably improved but still not lightning fast.
Thanks to everyone whio helped.
 


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  Reply # 205149 3-Apr-2009 14:45
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You shouldn't really be running Leopard on under 2GB.

I would recommend upgrading to 4GB since RAM is so cheap.

Remember: OSX loves ram and it uses it very efficiently- Ram not used = Ram wasted

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  Reply # 205150 3-Apr-2009 14:46
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Sorry didn't notice you had already purchased RAM!

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