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How much RAM can my computer hold?

I bought my MacBook in 2007 and need to be able to run FinalCut Pro.

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Isn't the answer simply that if it's Core Duo it can handle 2GB (2x1GB), and if it's Core 2 Duo it can handle 4GB (2x2GB)? That's what I've always gone by, and I haven't run across any exceptions so far.... Thanks

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Mactracker actually gives a range of capacities for Core 2 Duo Macbook Pros. In some you can install 4 gb of RAM, but they say only 3 gb will be recognized. In some others, they say Apple only says 4 gb will be recognized, but the machines can actually handle 6 gb. And some of the most recent go all the way to 8 gb.

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mister790 is correct, it's not as simple as just looking at Core Duo vs Core 2 Duo. For example, my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz is an original vintage C2D machine (intro fall 2006) and only 3GB is recognized even with 2x2GB installed. it depends on the chipset, not just CPU family

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That makes sense. There definitely seems to be variation with some newer Core 2 Duos. But is it universally safe to say that all Core Duos (minus the 2) can only ever handle a max of 2x1GB, i.e. 2GB total RAM?

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Yeah it depends on the L-board, for example, i have a core 2 duo, but its not penryn or SR, so I'm limited to 2x1GB

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You can get a maximum of 2GB for the mid 2007 MB, it's different however for MBPs, check these articles for more info:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270

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Can you specify the exact computer model? Different Macbooks and Macbook Pros have different RAM limitations. Once you've determined your model, Mactracker is a fantastic little program that can tell you almost everything you need to know -- http://mactracker.dreamhosters.com/

To identify your computer model, go to the Apple logo on the upper left of the screen, click on "About this Mac," and then clock on "More info" on the window that pops up. The first few lines under "Hardware Overview" should identify the model name, processor name, and processor speed.

Regarding Final Cut Pro, I was disappointed to learn that I couldn't run Final Cut Studio on my Macbook because it doesn't have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor.

But I believe all of the Macbook Pros *do* have a ATI graphics card, so you should be able to use the program(s) if you do indeed have a Macbook Pro. You can find the requirements for Final Cut Studio at http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/spec... . Depending on what you want to do, there are different minimum requirements for RAM. Generally, the more you want to do with uncompressed HD, the more RAM you need.

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