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TheDance511
Feb 15, 2007, 01:09 PM
:apple: I have a question about the Mac Mini...It will be my first Mac and I'm low on cash. Can I buy the Mac Mini with 512mb of ram and then add more RAM later? Or is it a closed system? Thanks.:apple: Feedback PLEASE



risc
Feb 15, 2007, 01:13 PM
Apple have not made it simple to add RAM to the Mac mini. That's not to say you can't do it. Check out this guide (http://www.applefritter.com/Mac_Mini_Take_Apart_Guide) to see if this is something you would have confidence doing. I've done it on a few minis and have no issue with it, but I'm sure others would.

http://www.methodshop.com/gadgets/tutorials/macmini-ram/ - another guide if the one above isn't good enough for you

Lovesong
Feb 15, 2007, 01:14 PM
It's possible...though depending on your skill level, it could be a tad innerving. Check it out at ifixit: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/Mac-Mini/

Eidorian
Feb 15, 2007, 01:44 PM
You can add the RAM later. The only issues that I can think of is your Apple warranty. It's a lot nicer to just get it Apple RAM for that reason only. I'd try to wait for a new revision this late in the cycle.

Note: Make sure you have a flashlight and magnetized Phillips #0 screwdriver.

It's possible...though depending on your skill level, it could be a tad innerving. Check it out at ifixit: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/Mac-Mini/This is for the Mac mini G4.

MacDonaldsd
Feb 15, 2007, 01:48 PM
I did it today and it certainly wasn't easy.

Took a good hour, and had to take lots of care not to scratch it.

risc
Feb 15, 2007, 03:02 PM
An hour? :eek:

It doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes here. You must have been going very very very slow?

I should admit I disassemble notebooks all the time at work so this could be a factor, but 1 hour seems like a hell of a long time to remove a few screws and lift a few larger items out of the way.

Teh Don Ditty
Feb 15, 2007, 11:42 PM
I've done it. If you're technically savvy 20 min tops. Read the guides that are out there, a lot of them give good, clear instructions on how to do it. If you're not comfortable doing it, you could always pay for somebody to do it. :D

Eidorian
Feb 15, 2007, 11:50 PM
It's nice to have the service guide too. They made a few minor changes between the original revision and the current one too.

Teh Don Ditty
Feb 16, 2007, 12:01 AM
ifixit still hasn't updated there service guide for the mini yet! There are some subtle differences. (PPC mini has 3 screws, Intel has 4) They need to get on that!

MacDonaldsd
Feb 16, 2007, 08:25 AM
Most of the time I spent was getting the mac mini out of the case, I suppose if you got the technique you can save time :o