I have a mid 2010 13in MacBook Pro (7,1) with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor running OS X 10.11.3 (El Capitan). I had 4GB of RAM (2x2GB) and I read somewhere that despite Apple's stated max of 8GB RAM (2x4GB) it will actually support 16GB (2x8GB) of RAM. So I bought Crucial RAM 16GB.

I installed both sticks in both slots and booted up, but the screen stays black and no chime. The sleep light on the front stays on (no blinking) but nothing happens after several minutes.

So I tried it with one of the new 8GB sticks and one of the old 2GB sticks and that works. Boots, starts, shows 10GB RAM (8 and 2) in the profiler.

Supposing it might be that one of the new sticks was bad, I tried every permutation of old with new and both 8GB sticks are good.

I read something about the firmware possibly being an issue, but I checked and I have the latest firmware according to this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201518

Any ideas on how to get both sticks of 8GB to work together for a total of 16?

Also, if I can't get both to work, are there any reasons why I shouldn't do on of the old 2GBs and one of the new 8GBs together for 10GB?

  • Does the website specifically say it was compatible with your exact Mac? I've done the exact same thing as you, except I had a Mac mini (Mid 2011), I bought a Crucial 16GB RAM kit, and it worked fine. Generally, people don't recommend using two different models of RAM. I'd consider just getting a new computer if you're wanting more performance, but if you're short on money, I guess you can use the 8 and 2 GB (there might be kernel panics and other firmware errors, though). Feb 5, 2016 at 1:21
  • Send them back for replacements immediately. If the replacements don't work try ordering RAM from another reseller such as DMS. Apple specs for the MBP(7,1) indicate a 8GB mac RAM. MacTracker specs 16GB. Perhaps this particular model honors the 8GB maximum for some reason.
    – IconDaemon
    Feb 5, 2016 at 1:52

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The MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) has, 2 - 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Slots in which Apple says the Maximum Memory is 8 GB.

In order to utilize 16 GB you need, 2 x 8.0GB PC8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz 204 Pin) running Mac OS X 10.7.5 Lion or later and the latest EFI Boot ROM version Firmware for the model Mac you have, which should be MBP71.0039.B0E.

Assuming the link for the RAM you provided for what your purchased is actually what you purchased then therein lies the issue as it is PC3L-12800 1600 MHz and is not compatible with the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010).

Crucial does not sell, 2 x 8.0GB PC8500 DDR3 (1066 MHz 204 Pin) SO-DIMM for the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) however OWC does.

See: OWC Memory 16.0GB 2 x 8.0GB PC8500 DDR3.


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