All students at my high school were loaned a MacBook laptop for personal use. Once high school ended, we were given the option of buying our laptops, which I chose to do. It was a Late 2009 solid white Macbook, with the minimum possible specs available.
As I went on to college I got a newer Macbook Pro for personal use, but I kept around my older laptop to be able to play some older games (It was still running Mac OSX 10.6, Snow Leopard, which enabled it to run still Rosetta and thus PowerPC applications). Eventually I realized that the 2 GB of RAM it came with was not enough for my patience, and the system was too slow to use. I tried installing Linux on it, mostly for fun, but I wanted to be able to use the Mac OS as well. Solution: upgrade the RAM!
After checking how much RAM the MacBook was able to handle, I bought two 4 GB sticks of RAM off Amazon.
Being familiar with the inner workings of this type of MacBook (see my other post about the Macbook teardown), I removed the bottom panel and exposed its inner workings.
The RAM sticks are fastened in two slot in the motherboard, and held in place by delicate plastic fingers. To remove the memory, I gently pushed these fingers aside, and the RAM popped right out.
The new 4 GB sticks could then be inserted into the slots, and with a bit of wiggling they snapped in place.
Booting the laptop up for the first time is, as always, a bit nerve wracking, but it started up fine. Checking the System Information shows the new RAM in all its glory.
Computers are too often treated as black boxes of magic, and that makes it frightening to go in and poke around. This project was part of my way of getting over that fear, and becoming more comfortable with technology, something I have only interacted on a software level before, never hardware. I have since given my youngest sister this Macbook, and she seems very happy with it. A $50 purchase and 30 minutes in Studio M was all it took to give this 6 year old laptop a second wind.