In our previous installation guide for memory modules in notebooks, we used Acer or Lenovo devices as examples in order to show how easy it is to upgrade RAM. We will demonstrate the process again today, this time on a “late 2008” MacBook Pro, which we want to get moving again with a RAM upgrade to 8 GB.
Preparing the workplace
The first step in a RAM upgrade is identical for all notebooks, regardless of the manufacturer. Make sure your workplace is clean and tidy, and remove any tools or objects that may contain electrostatic charges. Use ESD-compliant tools and, if possible, wear an ESD armband in order to avoid the electrostatic charges, as this may damage memory modules during removal and installation. Please take note of the safety advice in our short guide to ‘Installing new memory modules – a short guide’.
Getting to the heart of the MacBook
This is when the real work begins. If necessary, check the location of the RAM module, for example, by consulting the device manual, before opening the back of your MacBook with a screwdriver.
In our model, some of the screws are located under the panel that covers the battery and hard drive. This must therefore be removed as well. (Fig. 1 centre)
Replacing the RAM module
Carefully detach the fastener of the previously installed RAM module (Fig. 2 centre). Remove the RAM module by carefully holding it around the edges, and ideally place it in ESD-compliant packaging straight away.
Then unpack the new memory module and insert it into the intended slot at a slight angle. Carefully press it into the fastener (Fig. 3 right). You should be able to insert the module by applying some light pressure. If not, please check that the RAM module is correctly positioned in the slot. If in doubt, remove the memory module and reinsert it in the correct position.
Now you can close the MacBook housing as usual and put its running speed to the test. If the new memory module does not operate as expected, you can consult our “Troubleshooting Quick Guide” for some initial advice.
- Are you looking to upgrade the RAM in a ‘late 2008’ MacBook or MacBook Pro? If so, you may be interested in the following blog post: “Secret Apple update for MacBooks?”
“RAM upgrade and/or SSD drive – what’s the benefit?” We tested it – read about the results in our blog post (including a video).
You want to upgrade your Mac with an SSD?
For an overview of all Mac models that can be upgraded with a 2.5-inch SATA SSD, see “Which SSD for my Mac?”.