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Revolution
19th July 2006, 06:55 PM
It looks like I'll be able to pick up a MacBook at a good deal fairly soon. I was wondering where the best place to buy memory and a bigger HDD is online, as I want to put 2G memory and a 120GB HDD in it but I'm not going to pay Apple an insane price to do so.

purana
19th July 2006, 06:56 PM
DO a thread search, you should find one talking about memory and where to purchase :)

mjankor
19th July 2006, 08:18 PM
I just got one too. Mine is the 1.83 version which now has 1.25GB ram in it. Should do me for a few months. I'm impressed with it so far. The only thing I'd love to see with it is a cm off each edge.

mjankor
20th July 2006, 09:33 PM
Ok, new update.

2 gigs is vital if you plan to use parallels seriously. I tried 1.25 and with video memory, overheads, etc, each OS only had about 512 - 640mb available. This was really killing the performance while Parallels was active. 2 gigs seems to be very acceptable and Parallels now runs like a normal application.

The ability to upgrade memory and hard drive is "insanely great" however the memory pop out levers seem to be a bit fragile. Treat them with care.

Performance is great. I don't notice the crappy graphics card under general use. It seems quite adequate for photos, movies, etc. Parallels could really do with a decent graphics driver though, rather than the emulated 8MB card. It sucks the big one. With a decent driver parallels would be insane.

More about Parallels - Autocad runs perfectly, so far, and the middle mouse button is supported. Other than the graphics driver it appears to run like a true Windows machine.

The screen is really nice, and I got one with no dead pixels. Keyboard is a bit strange and will take some getting used to, but I'm already typing as fast as I used to, just making a few more errors.

jeremy_warnock
20th July 2006, 10:22 PM
Mymacbbok arrived on tuesday and Im stoked. I have the 2Ghz white with @ gigs of ram and the 120G HDD. I got the extra ram through streetwise.
I use paraellels and its great. I unfortunatly need M$ project & Visio, and well since I need windows my favorite app is dvd shrink.

The macbook runs all great. I dont miss the gpu - I have no need for it anyway.

Johnny Appleseed
20th July 2006, 11:40 PM
mjankor, how much RAM did you allocate to the virtual machine in Parallels?

jeremy_warnock
20th July 2006, 11:43 PM
machine performance swan drives if you give over 1000, its best to stay around 900M if you have it to give

mjankor
21st July 2006, 08:15 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Johnny Appleseed &#064; Jul 20 2006, 11&#58;10 PM) 197094</div>

mjankor, how much RAM did you allocate to the virtual machine in Parallels?
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768 for Windows, with 1024MB maximum for Parallels. (I might drop that down to 900 or so as I&#39;m only going to be running one virtual machine.

mjankor
23rd July 2006, 09:17 AM
I&#39;m also rather impressed with the fit and finish on mine. It&#39;s the most well put together Mac laptop I&#39;ve owned. Now gaps in the casing, and a nice solid feel throughout.

dagaz
25th July 2006, 02:26 PM
I ordered the 2GHz white model with a Gig of RAM (not interested in installing Windows or games) and 80 Gig hard drive last Wednesday. However, according to the applestore order page the estimated delivery is not until 9/8/06&#33;&#33; I&#39;m going to burst before then, that&#39;s three weeks from when I ordered it.

Is this normal?

Matt Brabender
25th July 2006, 03:05 PM
Yes, that is normal.
I had to wait 2 weeks to get a standard machine and I know it&#39;s longer for custom built machines.

bennettnz
25th July 2006, 03:26 PM
These guys are very friendly, good service and they offer to actually do the upgrades and courier it back to you.

http://www.zerothree.com.au/macbook_harddrive_upgrades.shtml

jeremy_warnock
25th July 2006, 03:28 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(dagaz &#064; Jul 25 2006, 02&#58;26 PM) 198275</div>

I ordered the 2GHz white model with a Gig of RAM (not interested in installing Windows or games) and 80 Gig hard drive last Wednesday. However, according to the applestore order page the estimated delivery is not until 9/8/06&#33;&#33; I&#39;m going to burst before then, that&#39;s three weeks from when I ordered it.

Is this normal?
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oh yes I had to 5 weeks - I had finger nails left&#33;&#33;

SubElement
26th July 2006, 11:24 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mjankor &#064; Jul 23 2006, 07&#58;17 AM) 197582</div>

I&#39;m also rather impressed with the fit and finish on mine. It&#39;s the most well put together Mac laptop I&#39;ve owned. Now gaps in the casing, and a nice solid feel throughout.
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I ordered one yesterday as well&#33; Not custom though, just the standard system that&#39;ll i&#39;ll upgrade myself later, but i&#39;ve got the same delivery date.

playa78
26th July 2006, 12:04 PM
it took me a whole whopping 3 days ;)
i put the order online on Friday, received it on Tuesday (or was it wed..)
i was very surprised it came so quick as the website stated at least 9-11 day for shipping. I guess they had one in stock at the warehouse..
i ordered the basic 1.83Ghz macbook btw with no option.
since then, I have put in 1gb kingston ram for total of 1.25ghz ram.

thanners
26th July 2006, 01:30 PM
Same with me, two business days. I order online on a Saturday (it gave me 3 weeks ETA) but it was shipped on Monday and delivered on the Tuesday&#33;

I ordered the 1.83GHz stock. Now upgraded to 2GB RAM.

SubElement
26th July 2006, 03:09 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jeremy_warnock &#064; Jul 25 2006, 01&#58;28 PM) 198292</div>

oh yes I had to 5 weeks - I had finger nails left&#33;&#33;
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If only I checked my email before I posted this. Mine shipped today... I wonder why their website has 5-7 days to ship?