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Power Mac G5 Memory question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by pungohboy, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Hello, its been a long time since I posted, I just picked up a Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) and it currently has 512mb ram :eek: The memory installed is non ECC it is PC2 4200u-444 of course 2 256 sticks.

    I got my hands on 4 matching 1GB sticks of crucial PC2-4200R-444 ECC memory. Of course it dont work or I wouldnt be posting. I am getting 3 beeps followed by the fans blowing full blast. The code shows that no available RAM or something along those lines. According to Crucial the G5 does accept ECC memory I did not mix non-ECC and ECC so I am at a loss to what the problem is. The memory came from a working Dell server so I know its good. Is it just not compatible or am I missing something?

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    has to be normal non ecc mem. fitted from the middle outwards in matched sets. ddr400, unless its a dual core model. (do not confuse dual cpu and dual core)

  3. macrumors 68040


    Vanne, OP has DC. ECC PC2 4200 should work OK (unless it's HD RAM ofc).

    OP, post exact sticks description (or picture, or what is printed on single chip). If it's High Density (128x8) memory - it won't work.
    It has to be Low Density (64x8).
  4. macrumors newbie


    Crucial BG1121M.QG
    1GB 240-PIN 128Mx72 DDR2 PC2-4200R-444-12-c0

    Thanks for the help.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    thanks Sheepy, yeah i can never remeber when the DC models came out, i refer to them as DC or PCie PMg5's :)
  6. macrumors 6502


    October 2005 - sometime in mid 2006

    Power Mac G5 Dual Core PCIe 2.0 air cooled
    Power Mac G5 Dual Core PCIe 2.3 air cooled
    Power Mac G5 Quad Core PCIe 2.5 liquid cooled.
  7. 666sheep, Mar 23, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    OK, the problem is, that it's Registered (buffered) memory.
    Late 2005 can use ECC RAM but it has to be non-registered.

    Like this one

    Stick you've bought have a small rectangle shaped chip near center notch (between square chips), correct?

    Above link shows how compatible ECC sticks should look like.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Alright that would be it. I kept seeing that it could use ECC but didnt see anything about it having to be non-registered. At least it didnt cost me anything. I just wanted to make sure if I buy some that it was going to work. Thanks again.

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