I did it !!! Upgraded Intel Mini to 2GB, Wheeeuu !!!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lugesm, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a

    lugesm

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    Just upgraded our Intel Mini to 2GB and ran 8 cycles of "Rember" (v3.4) memory test successfully.

    Man! I am a degreed electronics engineer with 18 years experience with hardware, but this was a daunting task.
    It seems easy now that I have finished, but there were many opportunities to really screw it up.

    I don't think I ever saw so much hardware shoehorned into such a small volume.

    If you attempt this task, by all means check the instructions on: http://www.methodshop.com/gadgets/tutorials/macmini-ram/index.shtml

    Take your time and pay attention to every detail found in the above article.
     
  2. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    And I betcha that Mac Mini now zipps along with 2gb in there ;)
     
  3. lugesm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    With today's inexpensive RAM, it is a very cost effective performance enhancement.
     
  4. SkyBell macrumors 604

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  5. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    I had to upgrade the RAM for all the mac mini's at work. It really isn't all that easy or user friendly. I had no problem when I upgraded memory on my laptop but the mini did take up a lot of time and I really had to concentrate so that I wouldn't screw up. A couple of times the speaker would refuse to chime in during startup but reconnecting the speaker cable solved the issue.
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    I upgraded mine to 2GB earlier this week.

    It's a good job there is plenty of information on net to help guide you through it. It would be pretty scary to try it without any help. :eek:

    The hardest part for me was gauging how much force to release the plastic tags which hold the case together. Once I'd figured that it wasn't too bad as long as you have the correct tools for the job.
     
  7. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    Brilliant!!!!! :D
     
  8. cube macrumors G4

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    Bad design. RAM should be easily upgradeable.
     
  9. lugesm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cube -

    That's a good observation. I have often wondered why Apple chose to shoehorn so much into such a small package. There is no practical reason for such packing in a non-portable; and it makes the product inherently more expensive and less reliable.

    I suspect this was done was just to make it "cute" to enhance marketing the product. I love my iMac, but I sometimes think Apple far too often chooses "cute" or "slick" just for marketing purposes.

    A mid-size package such as the small Dell or HP would have been far more appropriate for most office and personal use.
     
  10. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    I remember upgrading the HDD in my mini, was a hell of a task, and as I had to open it a few more times for other things, I realised resistance got less each time, luckily.

    Good going on the RAM, it's certainly worth the upgrade, I'm only at 1GB in my mini, but at 2.5GB in my MacBook :D
     

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