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Checking what ram my macbook pro takes?

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Unleashed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 12, 2012 12:50 AM

hi all,

 

so my brother has a windows laptop with 8GB of ram but since hes upgrading to an alienware he said I could take the current 8GB of ram and upgrade my macbook pro 13" from 4GB but how can I check to see if it will be compatible with my macbook pro of mid 2010 before I open up both laptops? its an enigma 3 from pcspecialist if that makes a difference and the ram is this:

 

8GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)

 

TIA

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 2.40GHz processor, 250GB 4GB ram
  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 1:11 AM (in response to Unleashed)

    if you own a macbook from late 2008 to 2010 - you need 1066MHz DDR3 RAM - sometimes installing 1333MHz RAM does work - I had a late 2008 Macbook Uni - originally installed 8GB Kingston Value RAM, it worked then keyboard and trackpad stopped working - took the RAM out and installed 1333MHz Crucial DDR3 RAM and it's been working ever since.

     

    if however, you own a 2011 Macbook - you can install the 1333MHz RAM with no issues.

     

    now, if you own a 2012 Macbook Pro - don't even try.  Might or might not work....Even if it worked - will slow down your Macbook.

     

    good luck

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 1:48 AM (in response to Unleashed)

    to check on your macbook pro ram based on thw model, simply go to the "apple logo" in the top of your screen, check "about this mac", then goto "more info", "memory" finally "memory upgrade instruction" on the botton of memory window, and it will give detailed memories about all mac models

     

    your model I guess DDR3 1600 GHz

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 2:04 AM (in response to maharitho)

    maharitho wrote:

     

    your model I guess DDR3 1600 GHz

     

    You do realize that he mentions that his macbook is a mid-2010 model - which uses 1066MHz RAM

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 2:17 AM (in response to Bimmer 7 Series)

    ya by mistake I typed for 2012, good notice

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to maharitho)

    no worries - we all do it - i do it myself all the time and constantly get corrected for my errors....you're doing well - read your other suggestions/answers to other post and I did not bother to reply to their questions since you're doing good.

     

    i just pointed it out so the OP doesn't get confused.........

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Sep 12, 2012 3:43 AM (in response to Unleashed)

    Your spec is;  204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM unbuffered, non-ECC (non-parity).

    No idea about the PC, but it's highly unlikely even the pin count will be the same, so it would be physically impossible to install anyway.

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