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So my mid-2009 Macbook Pro, which has led me to this site numerous times in the recent past, has been chugging along fine in its newly rejuvenated form.
However, a new project I've undertaken requires loads of video editing, encoding, and uploading. To this point, I've been running off of the factory-installed dual 1GB RAM sticks, and that was leading to full encode-through-upload-times of somewhere around an average of 21 hours for hour long pieces of video. Holy crap.
A fix was needed, so I decided it was high time for an upgrade.
Have you ever switched memory cards on an old Playstation? Yeah, something like that.
One issue I encountered was freeing the lower of the 2 RAM sticks from its enclosure. Even though the mechanism aided me a bit, it didn't allow the stick to fully protrude past the partition between the battery and the motherboard, and my exceptionally huge hands had a lot of trouble trying to finesse it out. With some careful alternating corner-to-corner spudger work, it came out eventually and is now safely stowed away with my 3 burnt hard drives and old battery.
All in all, the total time spent was roughly 20 minutes, with about 10 of that being dedicated to getting the second original RAM stick out of its case. Super easy.
*After installation, the RAM ran smoothly for a night before one of the sticks spontaneously uninstalled itself. I went back in, made sure everything was secure, and lo and behold, I was back up to a full 8 GB. Make sure your stuff's all the way in, dudes and dudettes!*
This is one of the easiest things you can do with a Mac. Even in 2009 - when so much as breathing on the battery voided your warranty - Apple itself provided instructions for upgrading your RAM. Go forth with confidence!
Also, holy encode speeds, Batman! I'm down to just about 4 hours for HD!