Over the last few years of using Macs I've had a real nightmare of a time trying to use third party memory. But given the exorbitant prices Apple charges for their memory, they really give you no choice. I mean, they want $500 for a 1GB stick for my Powerbook? Are they crazy? There's just no way I could live with paying that. But they know they've got you because their products are so picky about their memory. Until now, I'd only scored a one out of three attempts at using third party memory in my PowerMac, PowerBook, and iBook.
Way back I popped some odd memory in my old 933MHz PowerMac, and it worked no problem,
boosting my confidence ("hey, what are all the rumors about, Apple products work fine with
any old memory"). For my wife's 933MHz iBook, a big negative--I finally just gave up, ate
the return fee, and bought Apple memory. For my 1.25GHz PowerBook, I even did extensive
research ahead of time, bought what should have worked, but sadly--I ended up with crash
central. Turns out the reviews I'd read were for a slightly newer model. Ka-ching, I ate
the return fee. What's frustrating is how the third-party memory will actually work...
for about 15 minutes or so. Then the OS will crash. Or you'll close the lid (big
mistake). Apparently my laptop is the pickiest of picky Apple products... the first edition
Aluminum 15" PowerBook.
So recently I really wanted some more memory for my laptop, and thought I'd brave
it again. I found a vendor that guaranteed their memory would work in my laptop,
if I bought using their memory chooser. Hehe. Okay, suckers... here goes.... and sure
Bzzzzt--it didn't work. It was Kingston memory too, which I thought was a pretty safe
bet. But they made good on their promise, after submitting an RMA request, I got a call
from a very knowledgeable technician who said he felt the Samsung brand would have better
luck, as Apple apparently uses a lot of it internally. He'd cross ship it out to me, and
all I'd have to do is ship back the Kingston at my leisure. Sure thing, I'll give it a
try. No one's ever cross shipped anything to me before, how nice.
And, believe it or not, success! Hooray! I finally have more memory in my laptop and
didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it. I got 2GB for around $290. 2GB would have
cost me $1000 from Apple. That's just ridiculous.
(Oh, I should probably plug the vendor, since they did make this happen: Memory-Up, I'd definitely buy from them again.)