How can I tell how much memory my late 2008 mbp has?
I have a late 2008 2.4 GHz mbp that does not boot because of a damaged HD, which I will be replacing. I want to upgrade the memory at the same time. Without it booting, how do I tell how much memory it already has installed?
You would have to open it up and see how much each stick of ram is. There should be a sticker that says like "2gb" or "1gb" on it stuck to the ram.
Here's the ram with the sticker that says how much ram:
RAM Upgrade / 2 GB / PC3-8500 / Low Profile / 204 pin, 1066 MHz — 7 available at 29.95 each.
The standard is 2GB of RAM, however, even though apple won't confirm this, with the late model 2.4GHz you are capable of upgrading to 8GB of PC3-8500 DDR if you're on snow leopard and have the updated boot ROM version MBP51.007E.B05 which you'll find under the "About this Mac" extended view. I recently installed the upgrade and it works great. Something to consider to optimize performance.
"*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. Originally, this model was only unofficially capable of stably supporting 6 GB of RAM, but as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, it is capable of supporting 8 GB of RAM if updated to Boot ROM Version MBP51.007E.B05 and running MacOS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard."