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Macbook Pro (2010) 16gb memory

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  • pmdesherb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to zonix)

    I just ordered a 2X8g (Patriot Signature Series DDR3) for 115$ Canadian, shipping and taxes included. So it's pretty good and time to say "why not, go for it"! It will be great when running PD and W7 and all the other apps.

  • gmacdesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to pmdesherb)

    How did that 16GB upgrade work out.  I have a 2010 Macbook Pro with an i5 and 8GB, but I need more to run Final Cut Pro X. 

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 7:03 PM (in response to gmacdesign)

    All the MBPs released in 2011 can use 16GB, but earlier models are still limited to 8GB.

  • gmacdesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to eww)

    Thanks for your response. 

  • lancefromacton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to macbig)

    Not accurate - you will get a "can't help you because we can't troubleshoot due to exceeded recommended RAM ..." but it will NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

     

    FYI:

     

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20125391-263/add-16gb-ram-to-your-macbook-p ro/

     

     

    Hope that helps!

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 6:31 AM (in response to lancefromacton)

    Lance, you may not have noticed that the post you're responding to is about 16 months old, and the original question was laid to rest a long time ago.

  • lancefromacton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 7:42 AM (in response to eww)

    Actually, the last post, prior to ours, is about 6 weeks old.  The reply that I intially wrote, spoke to a piece of misinformation that WAS NOT addressed in the thread.  My intent was to clarify the Apple Warranty effect from increasing your RAM.

     

    Hope that helps,

     

    L.

  • gmacdesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to lancefromacton)

    I guess my question is does 16GB of ram work in your 2010 Macbook Pro?  From what I hear, it only works on 2011 macbooks.  I am reading conflicting posts. Thanks for your response.

  • lancefromacton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 8:43 AM (in response to gmacdesign)

    re:  what RAM works where - there is no conflict of thought, you understand it perfectly.  My response had to do with the 2nd post (eww) and the false effect of the warranty.  The hardware warranty is intact if you change the RAM beyond the recommended, you just won't be able to get troubleshooting support because of the upgrade.

    Thx.

    L.

  • gmacdesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to lancefromacton)

    Do you have a 2010 macbook that accepts 16GB of ram?  My mid 2010 i5 currently has 8GB (upgraded) from 4.

    My part number is MC024LL/A.  Model number A1297.  That does not show up on compatible lists for a 16GB upgrade.  Thanks for your quick response.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to lancefromacton)

    The post you replied to is identified by the header above your own post. It was a post by macbig dated Feb. 24, 2011. If you want to correct something I wrote 16 months ago, a) it's a little late, and b) click the Reply button in that post so it will be possible to tell what you're responding to.

     

    A good deal of the information in this thread was correct when posted but is now incorrect. This is one of the good reasons not to dredge up ancient threads and move them back to the front page again.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:31 AM (in response to gmacdesign)

    16GB will not work in a 2010 MBP. 8GB is the real maximum for all unibody MBPs made before Feb. 2011.

  • lancefromacton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to eww)

    These systems are the ones with the model number series of MacBookPro8,x or later, which include the following:

    • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 17-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 17-inch 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 17-inch 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • MacBook Pro 17-inch 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7

     

     

    Just look at  the detailed specs under the Apple, About this Mac menu to confirm your model number.

  • rurapenthe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:48 AM (in response to port77)

    I have a mid 2010 MBP unibody.

     

    I put 2 x 8GB RAM into it and here is what follows;

     

    1. Boot up, MacOS (Leopard) opens and sees 16GB RAM

    2. Start working, everything is fine.

    3. About 5mins later, MacOS says an error has occured and it needs to reboot.

    4. I reboot, goes back into MacOS...

    5. Process is repeated...

    6. On about the 3rd Reboot, BIOS wont POST and says an error occured in some EFI software thing.

    7. Remove the 8GB, leave 8GB in

    8. Power up and it works 100%

     

    So, my thought on this is that its less of a "hardware cant do it" and more of a "BIOS and MacOS have some intergral flaws, be it on purpose or not, that doesnt support the 16GB

     

    Interestingly this Core i5 on other laptop brands works with up to 16GB with supported BIOS upgrades.

  • Digitalclips Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 18, 2012 1:53 PM (in response to DaveWr)

    Everything I read in links folks here are giving for 2010 MBPs lead to articles referring to 2011 MBPs not 2010 MBPs.  Did you ever try 16 GIGs in yur 2010 model?  Mine has model number MacBookPro6,2 and I suspect it needs a MacBookPro8,n to take 16 GIGs i5 / i7 or not.  But I live in hope.

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