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RAM upgrades to old g4 ibooks

I decided to look into upgrading, since these days I have so many programs on my little ibook that it is begging for some techno spinach to beef itself up (G4, 1.07GHz). So I went looking and found a site called www.crucial.com which I found on the Apple Solutions chat board, and which offers a handy dandy Memory Advisor Tool, which gives you a recommended RAM module based on your model computer to be sure it is compatible. I want to buy a 1gig module, and the site recommends the following:


DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 128Meg x 64


which appears to be correct, and goes for only 140 bucks, which is cheaper than anything I saw on the Apple website.


So, two questions: has any one ever bought from these guys? and is it possible to install more than one card? It appears that I have two 256MB cards in my computer, the original “built-in” and another added when I bought the thing. I am assuming that the built in is beyond my reach, and I just have to pull out the additional 256 and replace it with the 1gig module.

by Jon Anderson at 2006-05-07 17:25:02 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Personally, I have not purchased memory from the folks at Crucial.com, but a few of my friends (who like to build their own computers) have said that Crucial is excellent. (A helpful link: http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2102.html)

And as far as I know, you should be able to “swap out” the old RAM module for the new one, although you may not install a module higher than 1.25 GB. Source: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14870

You should be good to go!!

by Joseph Williams | 07 May 2006 17:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Joseph, thanks that answers all my questions in one swoop. The chart is handy, I couldnt find it at all when I searched around the site. Excellent.

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2006 17:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I maxed out my iBook out as soon as I got it, never hurts and PS needs it. The built in ram you can obviously not remove and the open slot is for the added ram, make sure it is in all the way, sometimes it needs some elbow grease. If it doesn’t show up in the “about this mac” window, check in the system profile app. Sometimes you have to take it out and stick it back in, but usually it’s no big deal. I would take out the battery, before installation. I used crucial and ramjet.com, both are good. Another place I buy from often is
:http://www.macsales.com aka owc (other world computing), they have good hard drives and other stuff, they have ram as well. I wish I could install 2 gig of ram, that would be sweet.

by Andreas Kornfeld | 07 May 2006 18:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Andreas, you anticipated my next question. The apple forum I stumbled onto which led me to Crucial.com was in fact about that very issue. in his case the problem turned out to be not faulty connection but a damaged motherboard. The instruction manual states very clearly that one must take out the battery! I think I may in fact need a new one, it doesnt seem to last very long.

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2006 18:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Hm, it wouldn’t get damaged by adding ram, how did it break? Apple sells ram at a premium by the way, I’m not sure who pays those prices? Except, I think the mini had an issue with being too difficult to open.
I bought a battery from owc, my only problem was that it sits a little loose, so I added a very thin strip of foam. But my original battery lasts about 5 secs, well maybe 10. Did you try to condition the battery? Running it all the way down and then giving it a full charge?

by Andreas Kornfeld | 07 May 2006 18:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Hm, it wouldn’t get damaged by adding ram, how did it break? Apple sells ram at a premium by the way, I’m not sure who pays those prices? Except, I think the mini had an issue with being too difficult to open.
I bought a battery from owc, my only problem was that it sits a little loose, so I added a very thin strip of foam. But my original battery lasts about 5 secs, well maybe 10. Did you try to condition the battery? Running it all the way down and then giving it a full charge?

by Andreas Kornfeld | 07 May 2006 18:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Oops, my fault: my phrasing was off. No, the guy was complaining that he had bought a new ibook, was installing more Ram but it wouldnt work. So he found out when he went to the store that his motherboard was defective. The battery is a separate issue: I was just replying to your warning that one should take out the battery. I dont want to get shocked. I was almost killed here in the apartment when we moved in, when I tried to remove wiring that I was sure was dead. Well it wasnt! wow, that was fun. Anyway, my battery these days (a few years after buying, so small wonder) seems not to last so long, but actually I dont know how long it is really supposed to last.

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2006 19:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Never timed it, I’m not sure how long they are supposed to last, but when I flew to Germany I bought a new (spare) one to make sure the dvd player wouldn’t die during the flight and awake Evan from his trance. The only time I use it as a pacifier, I swear….
I think the new one goes about six (?) hours while playing a dvd, less when doing PS, the old one died after about 3-4 hrs. I kept it and still use it as abackup on long trips, but the charge doesn’t hold.

by Andreas Kornfeld | 07 May 2006 19:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Never timed it, I’m not sure how long they are supposed to last, but when I flew to Germany I bought a new (spare) one to make sure the dvd player wouldn’t die during the flight and awake Evan from his trance. The only time I use it as a pacifier, I swear….
I think the new one goes about six (?) hours while playing a dvd, less when doing PS, the old one died after about 3-4 hrs. I kept it and still use it as abackup on long trips, but the charge doesn’t hold.

by Andreas Kornfeld | 07 May 2006 19:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Six hours? At the moment I think mine goes about two!! And if I am running big programs, probably less. Sheesh. I guess it is time for a change.

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2006 20:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
checkout this application- ibatt, it gives you a grade for your battery performance.

http://www.raynersoftware.com/ibatt/

by Clinton Nalder | 07 May 2006 22:05 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Battery life is hard to figure with Powerbooks. I have an older G4 Powerbook (more than 2 yrs) and I get about 45 minutes to an hour of run time with it. But on my new iBook I easily get 3 – 4 hours. If your Pbook is much more than a year old you may well see shorter battery life. I try to run my battery from full to dead about once a month on the hope, maybe mistaken, that it will prolong my battery.
jack

by Jack Kurtz | 07 May 2006 23:05 | Phoenix, AZ, United States | | Report spam→
Clinton thanks for the link. Very cool. My battery gets a C minus. ha! I see that mac claims their batteries will run 5 to 5 and a half. I dont think I ever got quite that much but more like around 4 hours. Well. Time to replace it. New Ram: 140 bucks. New Battery: 130 bucks.


On the apple site some guy wrote that heat is the battery’s greatest enemy. Well down here there isnt much I can do about that! He also said that a full discharge after every 30 or so normal charges is a good idea, but that generally this was not the big issue.

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2006 23:05 (ed. May 7 2006) | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Jon i purchased from these guys just a week ago to update some ram on my dad’s computer (HP Pavillion) . Arrived the next day. No problems.
hope you are keeping well

Simon

by Simon Larbalestier | 08 May 2006 03:05 | Bangkok, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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