I’m glad to say that adding extra memory to the Macbook is among the easiest upgrade work you can do. Therefore, it is recommended that you add memory yourself except if you don’t want to take the risk and mess with the MacBook’s internal components. Certainly, the local Macintosh service technician will be glad to install new RAM module for you (for a price, of course). To add a memory module to your MacBook Pro or MacBook, follow the following steps:
- Get ready to work.
Spread a big clean towel on a firm work surface, such as your dining table. The towel will protect your LCD screen from scratches.
a. Get a Phillips screwdriver.
b. Turn off your laptop and wait for about 10 minutes for it to cool off.
c. Disconnect all cables from the Macbook.
- Close the Macbook; put it on the towel and flip it over.
- Ground thyself! Check out the last part of this article to get yourself grounded
- Now, you can remove the battery. To remove it slide two release latches up to remove the battery.
- Take out the two screws that hold the memory door. Remember to place those screws in a plastic bowl just for safekeeping. Tah dah! That wasn’t much of a big challenge, was it? Now, here’s your opportunity to gaze solemnly with rapt fascination on the inner organs your favorite Macbook.
- Find the memory module inside your Macbook’s svelte chassis.
- If you are replacing your existing memory module, take it out. To remove the memory module, softly spread the two tabs located at the both ends of the memory socket apart and then gently lift and slide the memory module away from the socket. You should keep the old memory module inside the static-free packaging that previously held the new memory module. If not broken, your old RAM (which can be sold on eBay) will be shielded from static electricity.
- Put the new memory module in the socket.
a.Try to line up the module’s gold-colored connectors toward the socket, at about 25 degree angle.
b.Try to line up the notch in the memory module with the socket's matching spacer
- Press firmly (but gently) on both ends of the memory module until the tabs on both ends of the socket are clicked into place.
- Put the memory door and battery back into their original places, just reverse the above steps.
Now, you’ve done it - you’re one step closer to become a MacBook guru! To be sure that everything is well with your MacBook, boot the laptop, go to the Apple menu, and select About This Mac. It should report that you have more memory capacity (if you add more memory modules).
Follow one cardinal rule when you explore the insides of any computers:
Start with grounding yourself before you touch any computer parts. Human body may carry sufficient static electricity to harm the chips and circuitry that make up the brain of a MacBook, and touching those vital parts without grounding yourself is a certain invitation for tragedy.
Grounding yourself is very easy to do:
You should touch a metal surface for a couple of seconds before you start your works. After you ground your body, you can then comfortably handle the internal parts of your laptop and any brand new hardware parts that you might be installing (like memory module or a hard disk).
If you walk inside a room - looking for a missing screwdriver, perhaps, or taking a quick of coffee sip in the kitchen - you have to ground yourself again before begin your work again.
Keep in mind:
You can pick up enough dangerous static charge by simply walking for a few feet. Go figure