1.42 GHz Mac mini G4 Memory upgrade.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by giambattista, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. giambattista macrumors newbie

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    Hi, is it possible to use a 2 GB memory module in a 1.42 GHz Mac mini PowerPC G4, instead of 1GB RAM? :rolleyes:
    Please notice that I am not talking about a Mac mini Intel with 2 memory slots.
    I know that all Mac mini G4 models support a single 184-pin PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM memory module.
    Still I wonder if a 2GB RAM can be used.
    Thanks.
     
  2. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    will it not lag if a mac mini G4 1.42 ghz 1G RAM installed by OS Leopard?
     
  3. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    1GB is pretty good for Tiger, but Leopard may lag a bit if you like to run a bunch of apps at once.

    Since you can't add more memory to a G4 mini, leave it at Tiger, don't run a bunch of apps at once, or expect some lags switching between apps.

    Otherwise pick up a 2 core intel machine and drop in a few GBs of RAM.
     
  4. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    i have one of these with 1GB of RAM. it's enough memory, but the CPU is pretty weak
     
  5. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    any idea guys,mac mini G4 1.42 will not turn,sometime i just hear the fan inside and some unnecessary noise. is it the power box?please advice..thanks
     
  6. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    the ram chip probably would work but it would only see 1 gb of ram
     
  7. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    do you mean i'll change the RAM chip?last night i tried again(1 hr of waiting),the green LED will just light on,and some noise inside,nothing will appear on the monitor.

    just curious,how does your macmini 1.25 1Grun?you tubes,quicktime players and other online games runs smoothly?or sluggish?

    thanks
     
  8. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    Thanks very much sir,ill try this when i get home.I've waited almost an hour last night,just trying to wait that something will appear on the monitor,but to no avail.The macmini will turn on,but only the green light and the noise inside the mini.
     
  9. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    I've sent my mac mini g4 to Apple Center to diagnose the problem,and its the hdd problem.They qouted me bit high,so i just pulled out the mini and decided to buy a hdd and install it myself.Now the hhd is quite different from the Intel ones(which i think the 2.5" SATA),PPC are the older ATA.are these hdd still available?

    thanks
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yep. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Description=2.5" pata&name=Laptop Hard Drives

    The 120GB WD Scorpio Blue for $55+shipping looks the best deal.
     
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    that was one reason why i had chosen the eMac over the mini , the eMac 1.42 has the same processor , but can take 2 gb ram and has the better graphics card , the faster harddrive ,and came with a superdrive as standard and is easier to get to the ram and battery , not to mention that a eMac is cheaper to buy then a mini and comes with monitor keyboard and mouse ;)
     
  12. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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    thats the downside of it since it has only one slot for the RAM.but thr mini is the superdrive one,not the combo.Just want to revive the mini for my 23' display since it is working perfectly like new.hehehe
     
  13. zildjansg macrumors 6502

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  14. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    The eMac mouse and keyboard stink (though my wife likes the keyboard).

    The eMac came with a 17" CRT monitor built in, I bought a Dell 22" LCD for the G4 mini. And when the G4 mini crapped out we got a new C2D mini and reused the LCD monitor and everything else.

    The mini is MUCH quieter then our eMac.

    So while the eMac has many advantages the size difference is huge (an eMac hooked up to a 22" LCD is much bigger than a mini hooked up to same) and more than makes up for it.
     
  15. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    didn't want to say the mini would be bad , it really is more quiet ...obviously the mini doesn't have to cool a crt too , but the eMac doesn't have to be loud
    i fitted a fanmate from zalman and now i can hardly hear the eMac , the cooling system of the eMac is overengineered and slowing down the fan a bit doesn't have a big effect in terms of heat , but it makes the eMac quiet, mine is running 24/7 and when i am not there it is doing some calculations with boinc (seti@home )

    but i always think of getting a mini for my living room , but as minis do not really drop in price apart from the basic 1.25 models with combo drive,so i am not sure if its worth to buy a 5 year old mini 1.42 which cost about the same as a powermac g4 MDD fully upgraded

    one thing that really speaks for the mini 1.42 is its size , i am only not sure if it really can do as much as the eMac 1.42 due to the fact that the mini has only the ati 9200 graphics card and only 1 gb ram and a slow harddrive
     

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