Kept on pushing RAM on macbook even when it was seated

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by WillMak, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    Hey I'm just curious whether or not I may have damaged my macbook. In the instructions it stated that I should hear a
    "click" when installing new ram but when doing so, I never heard this click. So for 20 straight minutes I just kept on trying to push the ram in even when it was seated properly. I finnaly gave up and hoped that the ram was seated properly (which of course it was). Everything booted up normally, and system profiler says that the ram status is OK. Thing go faster now, I can run google earth with word and 10 other apps without much hick up. I no longer have to worry about beach balls or anything. I'm just curious and paranoid whether or not the force that I kept on applying when the ram was already seated might have damaged any parts in the macbook (like maybe the section of the motherboard where the ram slots are located)?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You're probably fine...don't worry about it. You do have to push pretty hard, so the slots are built to take that sort of pressure.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If it booted up and the RAM was recognised it's fine. If you'd damaged it the RAM would not be recognised.
  4. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    Yeah, I know in my MB the ram slot closest to the HDD was the hardest to get in, I thought I was going to snap it. It'll be fine if System Profiler recognises it.
  5. arcobb macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2005
    Push really, really hard! You think it's going to break... and just before it does... click... you set to go!
  6. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    In my experise in installing stuff in general. That being it on cars. Computer anything.

    I learned that sound is one of the worse ways to tell if something is installed correctly.

    As for installing ram in both desktop and laptops I dont really use sound at all to tell if something is isntalled because I may of missed the click that is supposed to make. And some times it just doenst make a clicking sound (like the parts that are supposed to click just slide in and dont make a sound.) And it most part kind of random because in installing the same ram in same dimm slots on both laptops and desktop it click one time not click another.

    I know if it in correctly with visaully it looks like it is in correctly. And then I do a light tug on it and make sure it doesnt move (may try a little wiggly but it is very very light force). If it pass both I assume it is good. Dont trust sound either way. I had ti click when it was not in correctly. Had it not click and it be in correctly. Visually and feeling are the most relieble ways to tell if something is in correctly.

    Sound is helpful but shouldnt be trusted.
  7. hStack macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Just to be safe, and to be sure that your memory sticks are not lemons, run memtest.
  8. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    Is this an application in OS X?
  9. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    I'm just worried whether or not I may have damaged my macbook like this guy in the following thread:

    Everything is running faster and ok...but I just hope the physical pressure I applied didn't damage any internal parts of the macbook itself.
  10. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    thanks everything passed! So the memory is good I just hope my macbook hardware is ok.
  11. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

    Pistol Pete

    Jan 6, 2005
    So Cal

    you wont hear a click on the macbooks only on the pros...macbook ran is very similar to installing imac ram. just make sure you seat it right away...I have done a lot of ram installs on those and know that you have to press them pretty far in, the ram does not stay flush with the casing.

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