Does it matter which way my RAM goes in the mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GreyFox1221, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. GreyFox1221 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2005
    I want to install a 1gb stick of ram into my min ibut i can't figure out wich way it goes, I know the pins go on the bottom but it looks like i can fit both ways. i don't know wich side faces me and wich side faces away.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  3. badmofo9000 macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2005
    Shores of Lake Michigan
    Yes it matters, there is a notch in the ram slot that lings up with the notch on the ram chip. The ram chip has a small and a large end. Look closely because jamming it in the wrong way with severly damage both the mini and the ram.
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Do the images on this page make it any more clear?

    You'll have to get it round the correct way - where is the 'notch' in the module you're removing? Make sure the notch in your 1GB stick is at the same end.
  5. GreyFox1221 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2005
    I got it in and it runs like a dream. Now how do I get the ripple effect in dashboard!

    EDIT: I just found out the cold hard truth about the ripple effect not being supported in the mini. I think i need some time to get over it. *sob*

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