Introduction: Upgrade the Ram in Your Macbook

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Upgrading your ram is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to make your computer run faster. It greatly increases speed when the computer is running lots of programs at the same time, or when you are editing movies.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need
-A laptop
-a piece of soft fabric to rest it on. Make sure that the fabric won't cause static.
-A micro screwdriver set (make sure you use the right size to avoid damaging the screw)
-Ram (I used 2 2G pieces, totaling 4G)
-A grounding strap (optional, but recommended)
-A coin
-Plenty of light

Step 2: Prep

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Find a clean, dry, static free area. A small tile or wooden table is perfect. I leave my macbook in sleep most of the time, but for this you want to make sure it is shut down. Set your macbook upside down on a dry piece of cloth (make sure it won't generate static) to prevent scratching. Now go and touch a metal faucet or put on your grounding strap and connect it to a large metal object.

Step 3: Remove Battery and Cover

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Now insert your coin into the slot with the lock symbols and turn it to unlock. Your battery should pop up when you do this. Now take out the battery. Carefully set the battery on the table in a way that it doesn't touch anything else. Now using your phillips screwdriver (make sure you have the right size) begin unscrewing the metal piece tat goes in front of the hard drive and ram. After you have removed the screws carefully pull on the right side of it. Once it is free you can completely remove it.

Step 4: Remove the Old Ram

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Now slide the two levers from right to left. The old pieces of ram should slide out. This may take some pressure, but don't force it! Make not of the orientation of the ram. Notice the small slit it has in the left side. Pull it out completely and place it in an anti-static bag temporarily until you can put it in the new ram's packaging. Avoid touching the chips or traces. Instead pull them using the sides.

Step 5: Insert New Ram

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Now carefully take the new ram out of it's packaging. You may want to blow out the spaces where the ram was to ensure a good connection, but my laptop was under a month old when I did this, so it doesn't matter. Make sure the levers are in their full open position and then carefully slide the new ram in. It may take some force, so use the back of the laptop to help push it in. As you push it in you can slide the levers over, but don't do them faster than the ram is going in. Once it is all the way in you can push them to their fully closed position.

Step 6: Replace the Cover and Battery.

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Now do the opposite of step 3.

Step 7: Final Check

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Now turn on your macbook. In the upper left corner of the screen there is a little apple. Ckick on it and then select "About This Mac". It should now say the new amount of memory. If not or if it doesn't turn on repeat the process from the beginning.


laptop_keys (author)2015-10-04

Hey, very nice instructable.. Keep posting this kind of informative posts.

amagana1 (author)2011-10-31

How do you know what kind of Ram to get? and can i go higher than 4gb? how about higher than 667 mhz?

freakyqwerty (author)2011-07-09

MacBook? I didn't expect someone called "LinuxH4x0r" having a MacBook…

Derin (author)2010-04-03

Does this ram work?

Redgerr (author)Derin2010-06-29

i like your style

gmjhowe (author)2008-09-21

nice and easy, ive done this twice on my macbook - You forgot to mention the bit where you have to touch the inside of the case to balance your static electricity.

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2008-09-21

I thought just touching something grounded was enough. Thanks

jackillac92 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-12-07

What do you mean, cant I just unscrew the stuff take the old RAM out and then put the new ram in?

LinuxH4x0r (author)jackillac922008-12-07

You might burn sensitive parts if you don't.

Arbitror (author)LinuxH4x0r2010-02-09

Actually, leave the computer plugged in (charging), but tuned off. Now any static electricity will just go to the ground through the charger. And you're not quite burning them, you're "electrocuting" them. ;)

LinuxH4x0r (author)Arbitror2010-02-09

Actually thats only for desktops. The charger doesn't have a ground. If you look at the 120vac end of the charger you'll notice that there is no ground plug.

DemonicRoss (author)LinuxH4x0r2010-05-16

 I checked my macbook and it has a ground in the plug.

Redgerr (author)DemonicRoss2010-06-29

depends on the charger, some do some dont... but yeah, you need to make sure it does have a ground and touch it otherwise you CAN short out stuff in your computer... you can also get a grounding bracelet (like 3$) or put a paperclip or somthing in the ground plug and touch it if you have one near by

Kilsmer (author)2009-08-07

I thought this was going to be a more in depth procedure like changing the RAM on an acer aspire one. You have to remove the entire keyboard etc, doesn't changing the RAM void your warranty like it does with other laptops?

galenorama (author)2009-02-07

Cool. Now we just need the Instructable on how to get FREE ram. : )

=SMART= (author)galenorama2009-06-21

that could go well with the teaching pigs to fly instructable

jackillac92 (author)2008-11-17

I dont know anything about computers, so what does this do to it and how does this make it better?

LinuxH4x0r (author)jackillac922008-11-17

It makes it faster and not lag when you have lots of programs open

Labot2001 (author)2008-09-21

Danggit I don't have a Mac...

LinuxH4x0r (author)Labot20012008-09-21

Minis start at $500....

Derin (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-10-17

it seems im stuck with my old thinkpad Well,at least it was top-of-the-line at its time...

xACIDITYx (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-09-22

I might just get a Mini then!

xACIDITYx (author)xACIDITYx2008-09-22

Nevermind. I'll save up for a real macbook (pro?)

xACIDITYx (author)2008-09-22

So... How's it running with 4GB? Nice Instructable, by the way, very informative. I didn't know how to do this before.

LinuxH4x0r (author)xACIDITYx2008-09-22

Great! It's really fast. Thanks

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