MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 RAM Replacement

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Accessing the RAM is easy.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery, and lift the battery out of the computer.

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Edit Step 2 RAM Shield  ¶ 

  • Remove the three identical 2mm PH000 Phillips screws from the memory door.

  • Lift the memory door up enough to grip it and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

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Edit Step 3 RAM  ¶ 

  • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip at the same time. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  • Pull the chip directly out from its connector.

  • If there are two RAM chips installed, repeat the above procedure for the second chip.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 device page.

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Really easy to install RAM on Macbook Pro 15'' Model A1226!!

I had 2GB of RAM (1GB and 1GB), so when I read this tutorial I decided to buy one ram of 2GB 667Mhz and It is working great (now I've got a total of 3 GB). I'm willing to install up to 6 GB with this same tutorial. Recommended!

cesrafa, · Reply

Before start, make a clone of your old HD into the new one, if you don't want to initiate a fresh copy. (Carbon Copy software is good).

ColmillodeChile, · Reply

Besides using WD 500GB models, are the WD 640GB and WD 750GB (the 9.5mm thickness model) good to go for? I am still considering as I have heard from other websites on the computer does not draw enough power to power up the 640 and 750 as it has the clicking sound and the rainbow keeps appearing. Anyone has install one before yet?

Please advice. Appreciated! Thanks a million to all the Mac gurus out there!

Danny Lim,

Quote from ColmillodeChile:

Before start, make a clone of your old HD into the new one, if you don't want to initiate a fresh copy. (Carbon Copy software is good).

What is this about removing the PRAM battery causing a reinitialization of the HDD? For serious?

Adrian, · Reply

Quote from Adrianthomaspre:

What is this about removing the PRAM battery causing a reinitialization of the HDD? For serious?

Wait, I misunderstood you. I thought the comment was directed at the PRAM battery removal page. Silly me.

Nevermind. Yes, it is always a good idea to backup one's data before doing stuff like this. I never do, and have never had any problems, but it's still a good idea.

Adrian, · Reply

The two screws removed in step 3 should not be mixed with screws in steps 5 through 7. Though similar, they are actually slightly shorter and have a bigger head. If you put the longer screws back in here when reassembling, the button to unlatch the top will not work properly.

Doug, · Reply

Quote from Doug:

The two screws removed in step 3 should not be mixed with screws in steps 5 through 7. Though similar, they are actually slightly shorter and have a bigger head. If you put the longer screws back in here when reassembling, the button to unlatch the top will not work properly.

I think you may have commented on the wrong page. This page only has 3 steps, and the screws are removed in step 2, not 3.

(http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Insta...)

Don, · Reply

I'm not sure how the user notes get attached to the various procedures here, but my comment does seem to show up properly when viewing the steps for Hard Drive Replacement. However, the number of the step may be off if viewed as part of another procedure.

Quote from Don:

I think you may have commented on the wrong page. This page only has 3 steps, and the screws are removed in step 2, not 3.

(http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Insta...)

Doug, · Reply

These screws are different from the rest, they should be kept separate from the others.

Maarten Van Coile, · Reply

Replacing RAM on an A1226: The instructions said Phillips #00, but the screwdriver that fit the RAM Shield screws for me was a Phillips #0.

dlyons, · Reply

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