Archive | October 2008

3rd Party RAM Not Compatible with the Late 2008 Aluminum MacBooks?

The new MacBooks aren’t working well with 3rd party RAM. I tried Patriot DDR3 PC3-8500 1066Mhz RAM. Others have tried RAM from Crucial and OWC. Check out this thread at Apple’s discussion forums to keep up with the problem.

The good news is that the official Apple 4GB RAM seems to work fine AND they are charging a very agreeable $150 (after buying back the original 2GB the MacBook comes with).

Hopefully, a firmware update will come along to resolve the issue.

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-26

  • @boxee thanks for the invite! #
  • Played through Fable II. Extremely enjoyable. Probably wouldn’t have played it until next month if LittleBigPlanet hadn’t been delayed… #

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Upgrading the new (late 2008) MacBook

I installed new RAM and a new hard drive in my late 2008 MacBook.

The RAM didn’t work. Based on the responses to my post on the Apple discussion board, the new MacBooks are extremely finicky about their RAM. PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 Mhz may not be the only qualifications required…

The hard drive did/does work. It’s a Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200 RPM 320GB drive. The installation steps in the MacBook owners manual are incomplete, though. You’ll NEED a #0 phillips and a Torx T6.

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-12

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-10

  • I wonder why the 10/14 Apple event is called “The spotlight turns to notebooks”? Why notebooks instead of MacBooks? #
  • The US version of Life on Mars is good – so far! #

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