After hurdling a couple of obstacles, I was able to install the new memory that my friend Mel kindly bought for me from the US. Apple recommends installing 2 pairs of memory to maximize speed. So that's what I did -- I got 2 x 1 Gb memory sticks. (Now I need to sell my extra 2 x 256 Mb sticks).
If you plan to upgrade your memory, heed the following important precautions:
- Make sure it's SO-DIMM (these are the smaller DIMM memory boards).
- The speed should be 667, since this is what the Apple documentation specifies. Anything less may not work properly.
- Read the Mac manual carefully on how to install the memory (so I won't mention the other precautionary stuff they already covered there).
- Get a good Philips screwdriver -- Apple did not specify the gauge, but you need to remove three very small screws that are tightly driven in. My made-in-China screwdrivers got twisted and I had to buy a better set of screwdrivers. Use the ones with short length and a good rubber grip -- you'll need the grip!
- Two ways to check if your system found the new memory:
- Activity Monitor (in Applications > Utilities). Click the Memory tab and 2 Gb should show up.
- System Profiles (same location as above). First page should show 2 Gb. You may also click the Memory list in the tree below.
Cost of the additional memory (including taxes): approximately $170.
Cost of the mini-DVI to VGA adapter: $20
Additional note: test the mini-DVI to VGA adapter soon!