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HazelGirl
2005-12-18, 01:09
I don't have one yet but I see one in the future. Just trying to decide whether I should go with base RAM when I get it and then manually upgrade with Crucial or just go ahead and max out the RAM thru Apple. I am a girl whos not into the whole physical labor part of technology. I had to get my Daddy ot remove and install a HD for my failing PC laptop over the summer :cool: . I can't even use a screw driver...lol. Anyway, is installing RAM easy for those like me or is it worth it to just go ahead and upgrade thru Apple? Is it really that much cheaper? Doing so does not void he warranty or anything right? Thanks.

usurp
2005-12-18, 01:11
installing ram is very easy. crucial is a better buy then the apple store. u do not void warranty.

Brad
2005-12-18, 01:16
Yeah, RAM is brain-dead easy to install.

All you have to do is remove four little screws:
http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/54/images_thumb/02.jpg

and pop in/out the RAM:
http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/54/images_thumb/03.jpg

Welcome to AppleNova! :)

HazelGirl
2005-12-18, 01:28
oh man...guess i'll have to go out and get a screw driver!

hey what do y'all do with the ram that originally comes wiht hte system? Oh, btw, I did a price check my own self and WOW you are right it is significantly cheaper to buy third party than upgrade thru apple...even with student discount! whoa!

Also, do y'all upgrade the hd also or do you just do that thru apple?

Brad
2005-12-18, 01:41
You cannot replace the hard drive or optical drive yourself without voiding the warranty. It is suggested that you order those configured as you'll want them unless you want to pay an authorized Apple technician to install it for you later.

HazelGirl
2005-12-18, 01:55
aah okay. thanks. oh, any recs on a particular brand of screw driver that would work well for removing the screws when upgrading the ram?

FFL
2005-12-18, 01:57
That would be a #0 Phillips screwdriver, also sometimes called a jewler's screwdriver. It's pretty tiny.

HazelGirl
2005-12-18, 02:12
okay thanks. willkeep all this info in mind for when I finally do get my first Mac. It'll definitely be a graduation present. :-)

Brad
2005-12-18, 02:43
You can get that #0 Phillips screwdriver from practically any major hardware store in a small screwdriver kit, often like ones you'd use for repairing eyeglasses. Here's the kit I've used for years. It cost me about $7.

http://forums.applenova.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=180&stc=1

holbox
2005-12-18, 06:56
You can get that #0 Phillips screwdriver from practically any major hardware store in a small screwdriver kit, often like ones you'd use for repairing eyeglasses. Here's the kit I've used for years. It cost me about $7.

http://forums.applenova.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=180&stc=1




Good set. I sold hundreds of them!:)

MCQ
2005-12-18, 10:08
Good set. I sold hundreds of them!:)

I own one of those sets! :) Not bought from you though. :D

FFL
2005-12-18, 11:09
I own one of those sets! :)
Doesn't everyone?


Well, everyone who turns screws in computers, anyway...

Dima
2005-12-18, 12:36
My advice - go for RadioShack and buy a screwdriver there. I had 2 of these red "good" sets for repairing glasses mentioned here - the screwdriver that is in there helped me in nothing but scratching the memory door and finally when I pushed too hard - it just broke in 2 pieces. Better spend 5$ more and get a screwdriver you can trust.

scrouds
2005-12-18, 16:32
wow, i never pay more then $1 for those sets. look in a dollar store near you.

Mugge
2005-12-18, 16:47
Damn. All this talk heated debate over screwdrivers :err:

I just use the pointy end of my swiss-army knife. but hey don't listen to me, my PC's motherboard has scorch marks and scratches from a power tool. But it still works :D

PB PM
2005-12-18, 17:21
You can get that #0 Phillips screwdriver from practically any major hardware store in a small screwdriver kit, often like ones you'd use for repairing eyeglasses. Here's the kit I've used for years. It cost me about $7.

It cost me nothing to get one since we have some around the house from eyeglass repair kits. At first I was looking like crazy in my tool kit for something small enough then I thought to try the eyeglass ones, and low and behold it worked. :lol: