Am I asking for RAM trouble?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Bunyak, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Bunyak macrumors member

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    I bought no-name 2 x 8GB PC3-8500 RAM for my mid-2010 Mini from eBay. When I first installed the RAM, the screen froze up after booting so I tested eack stick individually and had no problems with individual sticks. I have EFI v1.5.

    When I installed the two 8GB sticks again, the screen froze again. I switched their positions and this time my system is stable and operational.

    Is the freezing problem a sign of bad RAM or did I simply install the RAM poorly the first few times? I would like to come to a conclusion before the RMA period expires. Thanks!
     
  2. Drharrington macrumors member

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    Hard to say. I'd google a ram test for the Mac - third party app - they are out there and run it.
     
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  5. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    Maybe you didn't seat the RAM correctly the first time around, and now it's seated correctly?
     
  6. Bunyak, Apr 10, 2013
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    Thanks everyone. I think that I am seating it properly because when I mixed my old RAM with a new stick to identify the problem, no errors occurred.

    My Mini froze up some time during the night with the new RAM. I will run memtest out of curiosity. I will also return the cheapo RAM and buy the Mushkin RAM instead.
     
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  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yeah the 2010 mac mini really picky about ram.

    Only mushkin 1066 pc3-8500 has shown to work most repeat most of the time. Not a lot of 2x 8gb 1066 ram on the market. good luck with getting a working pair of sticks. That 2010 is choosy about 2x 4gb sticks so I hope you get it to work. Try mixing an 8gb with a 2gb or a 4gb .
     
  9. Bunyak thread starter macrumors member

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    After reading this thread and the other 2010 Mini RAM thread, I decided to go with the 8500 Mushkin RAM. I think that I should push the envelope as little as necessary in this particular situation.

    I tried to run memtest on my no-name RAM but the Mini froze up during the test. I will simply conclude that no-name RAM is a bad idea in the 2010 Mini. Thanks for the advice!
     
  10. StreamSurfer macrumors newbie

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    Having same issues, same problem but i bought the Mushkin pair.. Got it working stable with 10GB (1 new 8GB and my existing 2GB) but not the 16 ...

    Should i return the ram as defective and try another set?

    Thanks in advance,

    Lee
     
  11. Bear macrumors G3

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    Do return them, but maybe try a different brand as Giuly suggested.
     
  12. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    make sure you have the correct ram efi upgrade

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1479


    if you do then consider a return. this mini is very choosy about ram.
     

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