Yep, this is what a Macbook looks like when you take the back off panel off to remove the old memory and replace it with the new.[/caption]
Geek Alert! Ever upgrade your RAM in a Starbucks? I did. Today. I own a Macbook Pro 13″ Mid 2010 that I picked up on Craigslist. It works great, but needed some boost for my Adobe CS6 and music software. Going from 4GBs of RAM to 8GBs of RAM will do the trick.
There is a link at Apple that gives you instructions. In fact, you are taken there when you open the “About This Mac” and select “Memory” where you will see the link on upgrading. You will find some YouTubes on Google, if you hunt. Some of them are great. The upgrade process is easy. You will need a couple things to make it go smoothly, however.
First, proper tools make a difference. There are Apple tools available online and use of a plastic tool to pry open your back panel is far better than a metallic flat head screwdriver. You are gonna want to be careful to count and keep track of the screws.
The fun part of this is realizing how many times I failed as a home car mechanic as the businessman next to me said, “Wow, that is f—-in awesome! I have never seen the inside of a Macbook before!” For a second I was in childhood glee, living a fantasy that geeky people are actually cool. What a minute. That is indeed the truth.
Frugality means you buy on older, used machine and “pimp” it up rather than splurge on brand new fancy things. I really love the new Apple products. However, for less than a third of the price I am enjoying a previous year’s model. And, when you have lived with a machine that is five-years-old then 2010 or 2011 does not sound too bad.
The next projects are going to be upgrading the hard drive and self-installing a replacement battering in a few months when the current one will cycle out. I dare you. Try upgrading your computer in a Starbucks. It’s fun! More than that, try doing something yourself to save money.