I read an article today regarding how a Blackwater sniper in Iraq apparently killed three Iraq government security guards.
As anyone reading this blog knows, I bought a Macintosh recently. Heck, all I’ve written about during the last couple of weeks has been my MacBook Pro. I am pretty happy with my new computer, but I’m the first to admit that a Macintosh isn’t exactly an economical alternative to a PC.
I can never leave well enough alone. If 2 GB of RAM in my MacBook Pro is good, 4 GB of RAM would be better, right? Well, as a matter of fact, yes. So I set out to expand the memory of my new Macintosh, and have a few tidbits to share.
Can your MacBook Pro be expanded?
As I understand it, there have been a total of two “releases” of Intel-based MacBook Pro. The first came out late in 2006 and was in distribution until approximately June of 2007. That version used a version of the Intel chipset that, for reasons that remain unclear to me, could only address 3 GB of RAM. Note that you could *install* 4 GB, but that the machine itself wouldn’t actually use the memory above the 3 GB boundary due to mapping conflicts. I believe this first version of the MacBook Pro came with 1 GB of RAM standard.
Apple quietly updated the MacBook Pro during the June time frame of 2007. The new models use the Intel “Santa Rosa” chipset, and can now support up to 4 GB of RAM. These newer MacBook Pros come standard with 2 GB of RAM, with of the two slots in the machine filled (I.E.: two 1 GB SODIMM chips).
I’m installing the new version of WordPress and, assuming that goes well, the latest version of Gallery as well. The site will look strange or be unavailable, formatting will be messed up, and odd things may happen during the next few hours.
I’ve had my MacBook Pro for a week now, thought it would be a good time to share some pictures. Here she is:
This picture was taken the very first time I powered the machine on, after it had completed its initial setup. The machine came pre-installed with OSX 10.4.10: the last version of OSX before Leopard. I got a "free" upgrade to Leopard (just had to pay shipping and handling), and it arrived here yesterday. Here’s how the Mac looks now with Leopard installed…