eBay memory too fat, system beeps

jbachandouris

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It's labeled 1066MHz and 4GB, but they don't fit. Pops out of the socket.

I've been running 4GB just fine. I just wanted to satisfy the upgrade bug. Would an SSD or hybrid drive be a more logical upgrade?

I only use the Mac for web surfing and iTunes.

Should I try a more reputable memory dealer or buy and SSD or hybrid drive?:confused:
 

thekev

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What do you mean memory too fat? That makes little sense. With ram you have to buy the right specification, but that wouldn't make it pop out. It sounds like you're not seating it properly. Even then it's possible to get bad sticks. I don't personally buy unbranded memory where I don't know the source.
 

nickandre21

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Since you already have 4gb and you only use it for web browsing and itunes there would not be much of a difference to you besides the money spent. If everything is working fine without hiccups leave it as it is.
 

maflynn

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If its not fitting in correctly and popping out, are you sure you have the correct ram for the computer?

As for your other question, yes you should look to buy it from a more reputable source, I recommend Crucial or OWC
 

jbachandouris

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Too fat, as in the width of the sticks will not allow them to stay seated. They won't click in.

The right RAM? The specs are correct. PC-8500, 1066Mhz. 4GB.

I'm no newbie. I've done PC repair before. I've never ran across this before. Usually memory just snaps in and stays in.

Serves me right to try and save some money. The memory was only $65 shipped.
 

yjchua95

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Too fat, as in the width of the sticks will not allow them to stay seated. They won't click in.

The right RAM? The specs are correct. PC-8500, 1066Mhz. 4GB.

I'm no newbie. I've done PC repair before. I've never ran across this before. Usually memory just snaps in and stays in.

Serves me right to try and save some money. The memory was only $65 shipped.
It has to be DDR3 204-pin.
 

jbachandouris

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It has the right amount of pins. The height of the chips on the sticks is the problem. They won't stay seated.

Verified that they are 204 pins.
 

definitive

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No response yet, but it's only been a day. This seller has lots of feedback, so I'm sure he'll respond.
Hopefully they'll allow you to return it. According to everymac.com, the system can run 8GB and 16GB RAM. I'm running 8GB of Crucial RAM on my system, and it fit just fine.

If you're thinking of getting an SSD, then some good drives are Samsung 840 EVO and Pro, along with the new Crucial M500. The Crucial has lower write speeds, but it's also a very good performer. I don't remember exactly which controller your system has, so it might not be able to utilize the full speed of these drives, but they will still work faster than what Apple installed in there by default (5400rpm?).
 

jbachandouris

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Hopefully they'll allow you to return it. According to everymac.com, the system can run 8GB and 16GB RAM. I'm running 8GB of Crucial RAM on my system, and it fit just fine.

If you're thinking of getting an SSD, then some good drives are Samsung 840 EVO and Pro, along with the new Crucial M500. The Crucial has lower write speeds, but it's also a very good performer. I don't remember exactly which controller your system has, so it might not be able to utilize the full speed of these drives, but they will still work faster than what Apple installed in there by default (5400rpm?).
What are your thoughts on hybrid SSDs? Seagate has a 1TB with 8GB SSD,
 

definitive

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What are your thoughts on hybrid SSDs? Seagate has a 1TB with 8GB SSD,
i remember the original seagate was flaky, but they supposedly fixed the revisions from getting all kinds of errors. personally i've not used one, so i can't help you there. i got a samsung 830 for my mbp.
 

Graeme43

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I have gotten a 1TB SSHD from seagate to replace the Apple HD in my MBP 2.4, 6GB ram and the difference is brilliant :D It boots like an SSD and the OS feels like its running from one :)

I do have a 120GB ssd in my Mac Pro. Maybe I should compare boot speed