iMac G4 Odd RAM Issue

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rjcalifornia, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

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    So I have this iMac G4. Everything was working well, but I noticed it was kinda slow. So I decided to check the mac settings and I found out it only has 256 MB?? The odd thing was that it had only one 512 MB Ram stick (I removed the internal) so how can a 512 MB RAM can turn into a 256 MB?!??!?!
     
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Please post the memory information in System Profiler.
     
  3. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will post a screenshot, just let me power up the iMac :D
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    It could be that you have a high density stick in there. PowerPC Macs cannot use high density ram. If you put a HD stick into a PowerPC Mac, it will read and use only half of its actual value.
     
  5. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How can I know it is a high density?

    It has been working fine for the last year. The RAM it has, it was being used by my old dead ibook G3.

    BTW I cannot post screenshots yet, my dad is making some accounting stuffs in excel 2008
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    If it worked fine in the past and it worked in an old iBook, it is very likely low density.
     
  7. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Remove this stick and clean contacts. Reset PRAM too. If it won't help, it's time to buy new RAM ;)
     
  8. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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  9. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes indeed. It had a long run... 6 years... :(
     

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