6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2009 2:33 AM by Pismo 900
waveformkid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is 2 gig of ram the maximum you can put in this model? At present I have 2x 512 DDR SDRAM (333mhz). What kind should I get to ensure no problems? I have been told that the 2700 (333mhz) DDR SDRAM is now almost obsolete.....

PB G4, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • 1. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    Pismo 900 Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
    Depending on which model 1.67GHz PowerBook you have, the low-res version A1105, or the high-res version A1106, the memory will differ.

    The maximum RAM is the same though. 2GB.

    If you have the low-res, you'll want the PC2700 RAM, if the high-res, you'll want the PC4200 RAM (but as I've noted in other places, PC5300 RAM will work just great for the high-res version).

    Go here for just one source of possible RAM for your machine. (You can try other places too).

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/iBooks-PowerBooks/G4-Aluminum/

    NOTE: as also noted by me and others on these forums, PowerBooks are very picky about the RAM you put in, so it should be Samsung, Hynix, Micron, or Crucial brand memory, all OEM suppliers for Apple. I've personally used PNY memory in my 12-inch PowerBook (I know, not the same as your 15-inch) and it works perfectly. Some will say Kingston, but make sure the part no. starts with "KTA-____" and is not their Value RAM series.
  • 2. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    waveformkid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    When you say low res and high res, do you mean screen res?? This is my model identifier - Model Identifier: PowerBook5,6
  • 3. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    Pismo 900 Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
    Yes, screen resolution.

    PowerBook 5,6 is the low-res model with 1280x854 resolution, thus you will need the PC2700 RAM

    PowerBook 5,8 is the high-res model with 1440x960 resolution and had a Double-Layer SuperDrive.
  • 4. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    waveformkid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So you think I should get the 2700 (333mhz) DDR SDRAM? I guess I don't have much choice?
  • 5. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    That's right: none.
  • 6. Re: Max Ram and type in Powerbook G4 1.67mhz
    Pismo 900 Level 4 Level 4 (1,110 points)
    Yes, as I mentioned, PC2700 is for your machine.

    But, it's up to you whether you choose to upgrade to 1.5GB total by purchasing a 512MB module to add to your existing 1GB, or, as I recommended, since you're already at it and spending the money, go for the maximum upgrade and get a 1GB module since the most your machine can handle total is 2GB.

    And if you decide to upgrade again later in the future--assuming you bought the 512MB module--you'll end up spending more in the long run since you pay, say $40 now for a 512MB and later, $60 for the 1GB which means $100 spent, as opposed to spending "more" once.

    (Those prices aren't based on any website. Just threw those numbers out there).