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MacBook does not start after installing more RAM

197 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2012 10:29 AM by frederic1943 RSS
GiorganaR Calculating status...
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Dec 28, 2012 10:32 PM

Ok i bought a second hand MacBook from early 2009 and planned to use it to record songs in a small home studio using GarageBand, Live and protools, it came with 2gigs Of RAM and i tought i should take it up to 4 -the max it can handle- so i bought 2 2gigs a-data RAM sticks i took the factory ones out and put the new ones in but no way the "on/off" light turns on but nothing happens, no sound black screen, if i combine the factory ones and the new Inés whatever the order it works and i get 3 gigs combined but it just Won't Work with the 2 2gig ones in… the 4 are ddr2 working At 667mhz as i checked in the 'about this Mac > more options' what can i do… help! :(

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 11:07 PM (in response to GiorganaR)

    You must use the correct RAM for your MacBook, and you can install a maximum of 6 GB.


    I recommend using only two vendors for Mac memory: Crucial and OWC. People have reported problems with many other brands, yet Crucial and OWC's prices are as good as any you are likely to find.


    Go to Crucial and download the little app that examines your system and recommends RAM upgrade options.


    Their prices are good but don't have to buy memory from them - determine what you need and buy it from Crucial or OWC / MacSales.

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  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,970 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to GiorganaR)

    If you bought your RAM at a place that also sells PC RAM you may have gotten mislabelled RAM. PCs can handle different RAM speeds so they’ll often label higher speed RAM as a lower speed rather than make two different speeds of RAM. But Macs are much more picky. They require a RAM stick to be exactly 667mhz not 675mhz or 800mhz. The way to tell is to put one of your old RAM sticks in and it will force the new RAM to run at the correct speed.

      This is from one review of PNY RAM:
    "These modules are actually 800Mhz. PNY no longer makes or sells 667Mhz modules. Not all computers that require 667Mhz are compatible with 2 800Mhz modules. They refuse to down clock properly. This is especially true with a number of Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Spoke to PNY support, they flat out told me that yes, they sell 800Mhz modules in 667Mhz packaging. If you RMA a module that is 667Mhz (or supposed to be 667Mhz) they will replace it with an 800Mhz module as they no longer have any 667Mhz SODIMMs, not even for RMA replacement!"


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