Upgrading Memory on a Macbook Pro 15-inch 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7

This happens to be pretty straight-forward even though Apple recommends you let an Apple Certified Technician (ACT) perform the upgrade. If you happen to do it yourself, you’ll need the following:

  1. an 8GB memory upgrade kit
  2. Official D-I-Y Instructions
  3. Open work area
  4. Screwdriver (the Husky HD-74501 works perfectly)

With all the necessities acquired, you can prep your MBP for surgery…

Once the bottom lid is removed, it’s time to remove the old memory…

With the memory slots clear, there’s nothing left standing in the way of the max out. Installation is super easy and should go without a hitch. But, if like me, your hand slips on insertion of the final upgrade chip (top) and you push the chip too quickly and it becomes wedged, don’t panic.

Just remove the little black pressure stabilization post which is likely what the chip is wedged against. Once you’ve done that, the chip should be easily removable. Click the thumbnail for a closeup view.

Once you have both chips firmly seated, you can replace the cover and reconnect all your cabling. Reboot and you should be greeted with the following after selecting About This Mac

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