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can I add RAM to my macbook pro?

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Mar 31, 2013 7:36 PM

I have a MacBook Pro

2.2GHz Intel COre i7

OS OS X 10.8.2 (12C60)

Graphics  Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB

 

17 inch early 2011.

 

I have 4GB RAM now...can I upgrade that to 8?

 

Also, I looked at the Activity Monitor> System monitor and with NO apps open, there is only      1.9 GB Free Memory  and with only  Firefox open,

1.55 Free

1.03 Wired

1.15 ACTIVE

288 MB Inactive

and 2.45 Used.

 

And all I have is Firefox open.

 

Is this normal??

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,740 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)

    You can upgrade it to 16GB.

     

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  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)

    yes you can - you can upgrade up to 16GB if you wish to do so.

     

    just make sure you buy ram that is meant for your Macbook Pro. 1333MHz DDR3 SODIMM

     

    RAM made by Crucial, Corsair, Mushkin, G.Skill, Patriot Mac Series and Kingston (non value) are good brands to go with - might cost $5 to $10 more than standard non Apple Certified RAM but you won't have any issues when you install them.

     

    Good luck.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)
    Maximum Memory16 GB (Actual) 8 GB (Apple)
    Memory Slots2 - 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

     

    Check out OWC.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)

    You can install by yourself. OWC should have tutorials you can follow.

     

    About OS X Memory Management and Usage

     

    Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory & determine how much RAM is used

    Memory Management in Mac OS X

    Performance Guidelines- Memory Management in Mac OS X

    A detailed look at memory usage in OS X

    Memory Usage Performance Guidelines- About the Virtual Memory System

     

    Understanding top output in the Terminal

     

    The amount of available RAM for applications is the sum of Free RAM and Inactive RAM. This will change as applications are opened and closed or change from active to inactive status. The Swap figure represents an estimate of the total amount of swap space required for VM if used, but does not necessarily indicate the actual size of the existing swap file. If you are really in need of more RAM that would be indicated by how frequently the system uses VM. If you open the Terminal and run the top command at the prompt you will find information reported on Pageins () and Pageouts (). Pageouts () is the important figure. If the value in the parentheses is 0 (zero) then OS X is not making instantaneous use of VM which means you have adequate physical RAM for the system with the applications you have loaded. If the figure in parentheses is running positive and your hard drive is constantly being used (thrashing) then you need more physical RAM.

     

    Adding RAM only makes it possible to run more programs concurrently.  It doesn't speed up the computer nor make games run faster.  What it can do is prevent the system from having to use disk-based VM when it runs out of RAM because you are trying to run too many applications concurrently or using applications that are extremely RAM dependent.  It will improve the performance of applications that run mostly in RAM or when loading programs.

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)

    Installing the RAM is quite simple....

     

    You'll have a total of 10 screws.  7 short ones and 3 long ones.  Just make sure you put the screws back to where they go after.

     

    Taking the back off once the screws are out is quite simple.

     

    One thing to note - once the back is off - touch anything metallic to get rid of any static you have in/on your fingers....Just a precaution.

     

    Good luck with your upcoming RAM transplant and hopefully it goes smoothly.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Mar 31, 2013 8:06 PM (in response to gottalovemymac)

    Make sure you do a complete SHUTDOWN of OSX before you go poking inside the system.

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