Adding RAM bevor First Everest initial startup?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Grolsch30, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Grolsch30 macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Bergen, Germany

    At Long last i have had my iMac 27 i5 delivered today, my first ever Mac.

    It's still in the box because I just have no time to give it 100% of my time to set it all up etc will be Thursday until I can lay my hands on it.

    Anyway I digress.....


    Can I install the 4 gig of ram which I bought from crucial straight away before it's first ever boot up so to speak or does it not matter?

    Also I have no computer for about 4 months and have been using my iPad until I purchase my Imac.
    Now it's here I will obviously want to synch my iPad with my iMac.

    Now I have bought music, games etc on my iPad via iTunes but I am worried that when I come to synch for the first time everything will be erased.
    When I bought my iPad the store activated it at time of purchase so I could use it.

    Do you think it would erase everything and if it would would I be able to download everything I have bought from the app/iTunes store?

    Many thanks
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I thought you were going to run the Everest Memory benchmark at first. Check for DOA with the hardware out of the box before installing any upgrades.
  3. Grolsch30 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Bergen, Germany


    Not heard of this everest benchmark.

    I am totally new to Macs so need to take everything step by step.
    I know I will be checking for the yellow tinge issue and dead pixels.

    Is there a certain checklist or programmes to go through to make sure everything is A ok?
  4. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    OK so, as above, it's best to turn the machine on once before changing anything just to be sure it's all running fine. Makes troubleshooting that much simpler.

    After that sure install the ram.

    Standard things to check with a new mac are dead pixels and yellow tint.

    (I have to say, though, it is possible to be too paranoid with this kind of thing. It's smart to confirm there aren't any major issues "out of the box" obviously; but it is possible to convince yourself there are major problems when if you hadn't really set out to find them you would never have thought about them. Remember you do have an automatic 1 year warranty if anything becomes apparent down the road. My 2c.)

    As regards your iPad, when you plug it in to iTunes you should be able to set the sync settings so it transfers your contacts/safari bookmarks etc etc back to the mac. I'm sure I have done this in the past with an iPhone and a new mac - although my memory on the specifics is a little rusty, I'll be honest. But I'm 95% sure you won't erase everything (unless you specifically tell it to) and are able to sync your data back to the mac from your iDevice.

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