Added Memory (now at 4G) but won't run properly
I am helping a friend (former student).
His Early 2008 Macbook has been running like a dog with 10.6.8
Here's the specs:
I suggested some added memory and bought some from OWC and installed it.
The machine boots up and recognizes the memory but once an app or two are open it bogs down and has to be crashed. The pinwheel of death...
I PRAM'D it a few times -- no joy.
I took that memory out and got some from another company -- just in case memory was the issue.... same problem. Old memory, it runs fine.
I also booted it from a different hard drive -- that runs into the same problem.
I've tried a few things: cleaned up hard drive, done the SMC powerdown, PRAM'd again and again.
I just can't get it sorted for him.
I don't have a way to do a clean install of the operating system.
Has anyone seen this phenomenon? I'd love to get him back on track so that his machine -- which otherwise is in fine shape -- can speed back up.
I can only get brief access to it as he's in grad school and using it to view Powerpoints and such.
I have a few days before I return the memory chips to the two vendors.
The memory is the RIGHT MEMORY (at least according to the vendors and a check w OWC technical support)
Thanks for any help.
Is this a good question?