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iBook G4 Memory Upgrade

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ScottMcUK Calculating status...
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Sep 4, 2008 11:24 AM
Hi guys,

I am currently trying to bump my iBook G4's memory up by inserting 1GB of RAM. I have inserted the RAM no problems, but the computer is failing to recognise the module. Here's the catch. Whilst installing Windows XP on my new MacBook, I used my old iBook to transfer files from. In doing so, I deleted ALL of my files, including Utilities, from the iBook. It's now a complete vegatable. I can log in and out, but not much more. I bought the iBook from Japan and whilst travelling, lost the Panther OS discs. I didn't think this would be a problem, as my plan was to simply up the RAM and install Leopard which came with my MacBook. My question is does the computer need the full OS to recognise the RAM? I have tried using Rember to see if that even detects the RAM but it does not. I'm pretty sure I bought the right card, which apparently is a 1GB DDR SODIMM PC2700 333Mhz. I don't know a single person with a Mac let alone Panther, so a reinstall is out of the question. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
Scott
2Ghz Intel Core Duo 1GB Macbook, iBook G4 1.03Ghz 258Ram
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Sep 4, 2008 12:29 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    ScottMcUK, Welcome to the discussion area!

    ...as my plan was to simply up the RAM and install Leopard which came with my MacBook.


    That will NOT work. The MacBook has an Intel processor so the Leopard which came with the MacBook is for an Intel processor. This will not boot your PowerPC-based iBook NOR will it install on your iBook.

    My question is does the computer need the full OS to recognise the RAM?


    The iBook must boot properly. It sounds like you get to the point where you can run applications, so the iBook is booted and will automatically detect the RAM.

    So, one or more of the following is true:

    (1) The RAM is not installed correctly.

    (2) The RAM is defective.

    (3) The iBook's motherboard is defective and not recognizing the RAM.
    iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
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    Sep 4, 2008 12:33 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    Hi Scott,

    Welcome to the Discussions.

    It could be faulty RAM. I'd exchange it.

    You can't use the MacBook Leopard disc to install on the iBook. Besides being against the License Agreement it's for Intel Macs and won't work on a PPC Mac.

    John
    MacBook 2.4Ghz,iBookG4 933MHz,iMac17 1.25GHz,G4 (Yikes) 800MHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Sep 4, 2008 1:24 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    You can run Leopard on your iBook G4 as long as you get the retail package of Leopard. The retail package has the PowerPC-based version of Leopard that you need for your iBook G4.

    Your iBook is NOT compatible with the Intel-based version of Leopard which shipped with your MacBook.
    iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Sep 4, 2008 1:36 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    I don't suppose I could put the 1GB in the 258mb slot, could I? Is it soldered in?


    The 256 MB is soldered onto the motherboard and is not removable.
    iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Sep 4, 2008 1:48 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    Great! Glad that you got it working!
    iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 24" 4GB and 20" 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iBook G4 14" 1.42 [1.5GB],iBook 466 SE Graphite [576M-40GB],iMac G4 700/768MB
  • Bod P Calculating status...
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    Sep 8, 2008 11:38 PM (in response to ScottMcUK)
    Hi there, in the specs for the ibook, it says can only be upgraded to 640 MB Ram. However you have purchased a 1GB stick??
    Bod
    Ibook G4 PowerPc, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
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    Sep 9, 2008 5:14 AM (in response to Bod P)
    Hi Bod,

    When those specs were written 512MB was the largest available. Apple never goes back and revises their specs. 1GB works just fine.

    John
    MacBook 2.4Ghz,iBookG4 933MHz,iMac17 1.25GHz,G4 (Yikes) 800MHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Bod P Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 9, 2008 10:24 PM (in response to John Huber1)
    Hi there, thanks for letting me know. Am I write in saying that I need 333mhz pc2700 ram? Or will any one gig chip do?
    Thanks
    Ibook G4 PowerPc, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
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    Sep 10, 2008 12:11 PM (in response to Bod P)
    PC2700 200 pin SODIMM.

    John
    MacBook 2.4Ghz,iBookG4 933MHz,iMac17 1.25GHz,G4 (Yikes) 800MHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Groovely Calculating status...
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    Oct 3, 2008 9:13 PM (in response to Bod P)
    To second the earlier responses, I just finished upgrading an iBook G4 1GHz PPC(early 2004). I was a little wary given that the specs say max 640MB, and PC2100 RAM and I didn't find many accounts of people upgrading this model. However, I just booted it with a 1GB stick of PC2700 and it seems to work fine, recognizes the RAM (and is a lot quicker).

    Just for my own peace of mind, should i be concerned about the PC2700 vs PC2100 aspect? Is there much difference? Will this shorten life (for the hardware) or compromise anything? I don't know much about RAM.

    Cheers and thanks,
    ~Mark.
    PS, For any Canadians looking for a deal, I paid $34.99 after the rebate.

    This is the RAM (VS1GSDS333): http://www.corsair.com/products/notebook_memory.aspx

    This is where I got it: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=016352&cid=RA M.187.621
    Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Pretty new to all this...
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