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Yes, if it is a CoreDuo first gen MacBook you can go to 2 Gb total RAM with 2 x 1 Gb SODIMMs.So I need to know:
-It *is* possible to upgrade RAM on my computer, right?
(The Core2Duos introduced compatibility with 2 Gb SODIMMs)
Well, on general principles I would not go to FS. Any Apple authorized dealer or service centre can do it for you. If you don't want to do it yourself, of course. If you don't have any dealers nearby, then a competent PC shop should be able to.-If so, where can I get this done? Can I just run it over to Future Shop or will it have to be someplace more Apple-friendly?
-How long should I expect it to take?
It's a 5 minute job to install. The main things are getting the right screwdriver to make sure you don't strip the heads of the small Phillips screws, maintaining a static-safe environment while installing, and making sure the modules are correctly oriented and then pushed ALL the way into the socket. It takes a fair amount of pressure from both thumbs to get them to seat into the sockets. There is an initial "thunk" and you think its in, but it's not, they have to be pushed about 2 mm more than the first 'stop'. The number 1 cause of failure is not pushing them in the last 2 mm into the socket.
Here are the instructions
Yes, that is the correct ballpark for price. The RAM does not have to be "Apple" RAM, it does have to be a good quality module of the correct specification. There are a number of dealers and RAM resellers who frequent ehMac who will respond privately with pricing if you wish.-Most importantly: cost. My friend just got 2 new RAM sticks in his Dell laptop today (both 1024 mb) and it cost him around 140 bucks after tax. If I were going to purchase the same amount, would it be even more expensive just because it has something to do with an Apple product? (Hey, you never know.)