16GB RAM, 2010 Mac Mini Snow Leopard

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  1. now i see it macrumors 65816

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    OWC sells a 16GB (8x2) RAM kit for the 2010 Mac mini.

    This is supposed to work with later OSes with a firmware update. Does anyone know if 16 GB of RAM will work with snow leopard in a 2010 mini?

    Will not work at all?
    Computer won't boot?
    Will only see 8 of the 16?

    Or if once the firmware is updated, will the Mac Mini still be able to run SL?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Pretty sure that's a yes. Not 100%, but around 85% sure.
     
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    According to everymac:
    I read that as you need to be running at least 10.7.5.
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    It does sound like that, yeah. I don't really see why though. If the firmware supports it, I don't see what kind of ***** the OS should give about it. I mean, obviously SL supports 16gigs of RAM on other devices, and if the firmware says it's got 16gigs to the OS, I don't see why it should arbitrarily decide to say "NO! You're a Mini. I don't allow that"
     
  5. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    OS upgrades can include firmware updates that modify support capabilities. My guess only.

    See what OWC has to say:
    http://blog.macsales.com/16302-some-2010-mac-owners-can-get-more-ram-than-they-thought
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Kinda depends how you define firmware. There can be driver updates and whatnot, which could potentially play a part in this, but the firmware printed onto hardware memory is independant from the OS and stays the same even if you wipe your entire disk.
     
  7. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

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    I have the neighbor's 2010 Mini working with 16GB and Snow Leopard.

    However, this Mini did previously run Mavericks and then El Capitan. It was never right on Mavericks, and El Cap just plain didn't work. I got sick of the daily support calls of "the computer's not working" and went with the nuclear option of reverting to SL.
     
  8. now i see it thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Now that's interesting news. What ive since read about Firmware upgrades is that if you install a newer OS the updated firmware gets installed with the new OS. So if a Mac Mini tries El Capitan & then it's decided that snow leopard is a better option, the updated firmware stays. I have a SSD partitioned in two with SL on one partition & el cap on the other, and both run fine (SL fast, El cap so so) with 8 GB RAM. (Man El Capitan looks like crap ...illegible...on a 1680 x 1050 TN monitor).

    I have since contacted OWC & was told by one rep (who may not know what she's talking about) that 16 GB RAM —won't — work on a 2010 Mac Mini running SL even after firmware update.

    Now apparently it does. The $130 experiment.
     
  9. California macrumors 68040

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    I never had a problem running SL with 16gbs of ram on either the 2010 Mac Mini or the 2010 13" MacBook Pro (same basic logic board).

    Ever.
     
  10. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    The way I see it, there's also no logical reason it shouldn't work
     
  11. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

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    $110

    This is the kit I installed in the neighbor's computer:

    https://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-997019-204-pin-DDR3-1066Mhz-PC3-8500/dp/B006E0P1IG

    When I went looking on the big A, only Mushkin offered 8GB PC3-8500 SO-DIMMs. Of course, these days the actual chips are a faster variant, but the SPD is programmed to claim the slower speed for better compatibility.
     
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