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August 27, 2010 3:42:09 AM

i'm now using mac book aluminium (like mac book pro 13 but it came out before) and it got 2*1gb of RAM.

i have an extra 2GB DDR2 800mhz RAM for Gateway laptop.

so i want to know is the RAM same for MAC and PC?

can i put out the 1 GB of RAM and replace with my 2GB?

thanks

bye the way,

mac intel P7350+ nvidia 9400 chipset VS intel t4200 + nvidia 105M 512MB

which one is better on performance on window 7 and medium gaming with low/mid quality setting? (battery life is on MAC side)

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August 27, 2010 3:53:05 AM

I replaced the RAM in my wife's macbook with plain old PC RAM. So yes, they are the same.

I don't know the answer to the second part of your question.

You don't want to mix RAM though. You should have two identical sticks of RAM in order to have proper dual channel memory.
August 27, 2010 4:53:33 AM

The first thing to find out is the spec of your current ram.

I think yours is SO-DIMMS which I believe is all 200pin. I'd double check with your documentation to make sure of that.

Then check it's frequency and cas latency. The first number will be 533mhz or 1066 or some similar number. The second will be a single number like 4 or 5 or the full latency represented as: 4-4-4-7 or 3-4-4-7 or something similiar.

If your PC ram has the same frequency and cas latency as your mac ram your good to go. If not, I'm not sure about Mac Bios, you can change the settings in the bios if your mac gives you the option. If it doesn't your SOL and have to buy ram that is the same as what you got or junk what you have and buy all new stuff.

However there is always the off chance you can plunk in a stick of ram with different cas latency OR frequencey and still have a stable system. I won't hurt your system. It can't destroy or fry anything, it can only cause instability. If it's stable kudos... if it's not see above.
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