11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2009 8:19 AM by justoos
justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello everyone,
I've got a macbook white 2.1 ghz,want to upgrade my ram from 2gb ram to 6 gb ram.
Now is my question, Is it the best to put 2 x 4gb in it, or 1 x 4gb and 1 x 2gb?
6gb is the maximum for my model.

macbook 13" white, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2,16 ghz core2duo
  • kmac1036 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    FYI, apple only supports up to 4gb of RAM. so if you were to call or take the machine in for assistance or service, there would be an issue with them resolving the problem.

    plus, do you know how much these RAM modules are??? & which macbook exactly are you running? there are 2 types of memory for the 2009 macbooks.

    4gb is enough for me & I use vmware, Adobe CS4, HD movie editing (iMovie / Final Cut Exp).

    but if you really want to go 6, then do the 2gb & 4gb module combo. 2-4gb simms are pretty expensive.
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    If you've got a MacBook 2.1GHz then you've got either an Early 2008 or a Late 2008 (pre-Unibody). As stated by the above user, Apple is only going to support you at 4.0GB so if you run into any problems as a result of the 6.0GB of RAM they're going to defer support until the machine is within hardware supported specification.

    The RAM you're looking for is 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM.

    I see this website (http://www.memoryupgrade.pro/ddr2-200-pin-so-dimm-memory-ddr2-667mhz-200-pin-pc2 -5300-so-dimm.html) allows you to go to 6GB for only about $200.00 USD
  • justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've bought this macbook in september 2008 its a 2,1 ghz model,but on this site they say that its possible to use 6gb of ram for this model http://lowendmac.com/macbook/macbook-white-2008.html
    I'm using logic studio 8 and i get system overloads a lot of times,so i thought 6 gb would be nice.
  • justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the link but i dont think they ship to holland.
    If i use 1 x 4 gb + 1 x 2 gb of ram,is it working good together or is 2 x 4gb better?
  • justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    And if i upgrade my mac version to snow leopard is it the possible to use 6gb of ram,or is the hardware giving problems with 6gb of ram?
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    kmac1036 wrote:
    FYI, apple only supports up to 4gb of RAM. so if you were to call or take the machine in for assistance or service, there would be an issue with them resolving the problem.


    That's pretty easy. Just save the original memory and replace if needed for service. There is no way I'd send something in for repair if there's a chance that my aftermarket replaceable part might be removed. There have been reported instances where aftermarket memory wasn't returned or a damaged hard drive was completely replaced (and the original drive wasn't returned for data recovery effort).

    but if you really want to go 6, then do the 2gb & 4gb module combo. 2-4gb simms are pretty expensive.


    "simms"? Sounds like one heck of a timewarp you're in there.
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    JasonFear wrote:
    If you've got a MacBook 2.1GHz then you've got either an Early 2008 or a Late 2008 (pre-Unibody). As stated by the above user, Apple is only going to support you at 4.0GB so if you run into any problems as a result of the 6.0GB of RAM they're going to defer support until the machine is within hardware supported specification.


    Again - I will always save the original memory and have it ready if the machine needs to go out for servicing.
  • justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok that's a good one,but it should be possible then if there is no service needed?
  • frederic1943 Level 6 Level 6 (9,980 points)
    http://dealnews.com/memory/prices/systems/Apple-Mac-Book-PC2-5300-DDR2-SODIMMS/4 3938/4GB.html is a good place to check for the cheapest prices on memory. Both OWC and DMS ship overseas. I'd go with the 4gb upgrade first before spending all that money on a 4gb chip.
  • y_p_w Level 4 Level 4 (3,550 points)
    justoos wrote:
    Ok that's a good one,but it should be possible then if there is no service needed?


    Of course it's possible. My comment was only about a contingency if there needs to be some service (warranty or AppleCare) by Apple. At the very least Apple needs a complete system sent in for repair. Since they disavow repairs if the cause of a problem is determined to be a malfunctioning or unsuitable third party part, it's a bit tough if OEM memory from Apple isn't installed or if there is no memory when it's sent in for repairs.
  • justoos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes ok,but if repair is needed, i can reinstal my old memory again, so it shouldnt be a problem.
    thanks for the information.