Every time I restart the computer, I get "the memory modules are installed in the..."

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  1. oilfighter macrumors regular

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    I get the message:
    the memory modules are installed in the recommended slots

    every time I restart my 2010 Mac Pro. I upgraded my memory with 3 x 2GB OWC memories. They are properly detected, and the system is working fine.

    Anyway to get rid of that message?
     
  2. oilfighter thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    Try re-seating the RAM or popping out one of the sticks, startup/shutdown, put the stick back in and boot up? Just to try and flush out whatever is "stuck."

    I installed OWC RAM, too, and got the message, but only once of course.
     
  4. WardC macrumors 68030

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    You should only get that message right after you install a RAM chip or remove a RAM chip, and boot the machine. When it senses a change in your RAM configuration, it will give you this message if they are installed correctly.
     
  5. oilfighter thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I received my SSD in the mail today, so I did a clean install of OSX, and the problem went away. So that's one mystery that I'll never find the answer to.
     
  6. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Bumping because this is now happening to me....

    I just upgraded to 12GB of OWC RAM, and at first power on I got the expected "The memory modules are installed in the recommended slots." I remembered reading this thread so I thought I would do a reboot and see what happens. Sure enough, I got the same message again. I shut down completely, restarted, and got the message again...

    I have no intentions of reinstalling OSX like the OP did to fix the problem, so I wanted to reopen this thread to see if anyone had any solutions. I'll also shoot OWC an email to see if they have heard of this happening and get their input.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that when 10.6.5 is released the message will go away, similar to a new install of OSX. We'll see.

    TIA!
     
  7. oilfighter thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm the OP. Zerozal, did you move your home directory to a 2nd hard drive prior to putting in the new RAM?

    I had a feeling that was causing the problem, but since I reinstalled my OSX and kept everything on the SSD, I can't confirm that is the cause. My hunch, although unlikely, is that there is some kind of permission settings causing OSX to not remember that it has displayed the new RAM installed message.
     
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    try re-seating the RAM and switching the modules around, but still use the same slots.
     
  9. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Reinstalling the OS takes < one hour.

    Upgrading to 10.6.5 (when it's released) might not be a "complete" install of the OS and hence not fix the problem.

    good luck
    JohnG
     
  10. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Yup. I have my home directory on my RAID 0, and my OS/Apps on my Velociraptor. Hmmm...
     
  11. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Resolved!

    :eek: I think I figured it out! Must be some sort of permissions issue as the OP suspected.

    My normal account is NOT an admin account and doesn't have write permissions to my system drive. I logged out, logged back in as Admin and got the memory slot message. I logged out and logged back in as Admin again, and no message! Then I logged out and logged back in under my routine account, and voila! No message!

    I believe what happens is that after the memory slot utility runs and confirms all is OK, it writes the new config somewhere on the system drive. Since I didn't have write permissions, it could never write the new config and so always thought that the new RAM configuration was, well, new. Logging in as Admin allows the file to be written and fixes the problem.

    Thanks for all the ideas!
     
  12. freyrrr macrumors member

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    It seems your solution is not final. I always log in with an admin account, I have the same problem. Anyone can help please?
     
  13. bija macrumors newbie

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    I too am getting this message

    I am getting the same message after adding one stick of RAM to my MacPro. From reading these postings, it doesn't sound like the problem has been solved yet.
     
  14. Big Boss Man macrumors regular

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    No problems here. I installed 3x4GB of OWC memory in my 6 core Mac Pro and only got the message once.
     
  15. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    Same problem here:
    after installing 3x4GB OWC RAM in my MacPro Quad 2.66 Nehalem I always get this message.
    "The Memory Modules are installed in the recommended slots"
    Annoying...
    If repairing the disk permissions and zapping the PRAM doens't help, I will remove /System/Library/CoreServices/Memory Slot Utility.app
     
  16. freyrrr macrumors member

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    I even tried reinstalling the system then restoring from the Time Machine backup, the problem is still here. But maybe a clean reinstall will solve the problem?
     
  17. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    A clean install and no Time Machine? Too much work.
    I will remove the memory slot utility from the system.
     
  18. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    It's been over a year since I've installed 3x4GB OWC sticks in my 8-core 2009 Mac Pro and after every restart I've gotten the same message from the Memory Slot Utility. I've done the whole resetting SMC, zapping PRAM, shifting the modules around with no success. However, I do notice whenever I boot into my Avid partition, I don't get the message. It's annoying, but I can live with it if the only alternative is a clean install(which is something I don't have the time to do).
     
  19. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    I have put the Memory Slot Utility in the trash and now this annoying message doesn't appear anymore. I know the 12 GB RAM are OK.
     
  20. oilfighter thread starter macrumors regular

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    Where is your home directory? Is it on the same disk as your OSX?
     
  21. toddbe macrumors member

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    How do I find that utility? Where is it located?
     
  22. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    System/Libary/CoreServices/Memory Slot Utility
     
  23. Therbo macrumors regular

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    I know its been nearly a year since this thread opened, but theres no easy solution here and it happens on Lion too.

    So heres an easy easy easy fix that requires no deleting.

    sudo chmod -x "/System/Library/CoreServices/Memory Slot Utility.app"

    Run that in Terminal, and you remove its ability to launch, if you prefer the message


    sudo chmod +x "/System/Library/CoreServices/Memory Slot Utility.app"
    will restore its to its former messageness
     
  24. bkomanet macrumors newbie

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    I fixed the Problem on my Mac Pro (2010)

    After reading many posts about people having this problem, I decided to try a crack at this to see if I could fix it.

    1) I enabled root access on my Mac (OSx Lion)
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528

    2) I logged off of my Admin account, logged in with root (click Other when login window appears and type root and the password you assigned). I got the memory is installed in the correct slots message, as usual.

    3) I logged out of Root and logged back in with my usual admin ID. The message did NOT appear.

    4) I shut down the system (powered it off), powered it back on, logged into my normal admin account (the one that was always getting the message), and like magic - No more memory message.

    5) I went back in and disabled root (the opposite of enabling it in step #1) after the restart.

    I did NOT have to fix permissions or reset anything. But, it seems that there must be some sort of permission thing going on if log gin in with Root fixed the problem.


    I hope this helps others - this can be very irritating.
     

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