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4 GB of RAM in MacBook?

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I am getting a MacBook for college, and I would like to upgrade it to have 4 GB of RAM. However, I was just chatting with an Apple person on their live chat thing on their website, and she said it only supported 2 GB of RAM, but that the MacBook Pro supports up to 4 GB.

Now, my question is, is that a true hardware limitation of the computer, or does it only "officially" support 2 GB? And if it does only support 2 GB, may I say for the record: That sucks
post #2 of 11
I guess it's the laptop's mobo limitation (MacBook mobo is inferior to MacBook Pro).

Anyway 2GB is perfect
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It all depend of what you're doing in college. If you do digital Art or something really heavy for a computer then I will say get 4gb
post #4 of 11
I know the Macbook can support up to 3GB of memory even though the website says only 2GB.
post #5 of 11
It can use up to 3GB. Reason?
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=321
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I'm not so sure you'd really need 4 GB on a college laptop, especially a mac.
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Unless you run a bunch of virtual machines or do a lot of video editing, I don't really think you need 4gb
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it's max is 3gb if I remember. Either way, I don't think you'll really need more than 2...
What're you doing in college? I don't think anything you could be doing would require more than 2gb for OS X
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post #9 of 11
you might as well get a macbook pro with 2gb or so. at least it has dedicated gfx so you can game and if you doing gfx intensive stuff, it should help. i believe the new macbooks are shipping the 8xxx series nvidia gpus. yummy.

to be honest, you dont need 4gb on a laptop unless u do memory intensive work. i went through college years on a Dell 700m with Pentium M 1.6 and 1 gb mem.
    
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post #10 of 11
What on EARTH do you think you're going to be doing with this thing? 4gb? I can hit 1gb easily, I'll admit...but 2gb only if I'm flagrantly wasting memory (5 VMWare windows or 3 windowed games or something...)

Don't expect an XServe in a 13.3 inch case lol...2gb will most likely be enough for anything you plan on doing...

EDIT: BTW, the newest MacBook Pro's DO in fact support 4gb of ram. (Even the cheapest MBP). So for $1799 you can get a 4gb capable laptop (education discount)
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