iMac RAM stuck, tabs aren't working

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cougarcat, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Does anybody have any tips on how to get RAM out of an aluminum iMac? I've been pulling on the plastic tabs for over a half an hour, pulling side-to-side, straight, and both RAM modules refuse to budge. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Cougarcat thread starter macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    OK, with a good amount of wiggling I got one out, but the other might as well be welded in there. Whoever designed these tabs should be shot.

    I'm going to bed and will try again in the morning. Hands need a rest.
  3. djgex macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    Push the tabs!

    I had the same problem with my White iMac and what I did was to simply bend the tabs slightly to the top if I wanted to remove the bottom ram and bend the tabs slightly to the bottom when I wanted to remove the top. I think the problem lies with the thickness of the ram probably...
  4. restreet macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2012
    To get the old RAM out, turn the computer around so you are standing on the far side of the RAM slots. Reach over the computer and grab one of the TABs tightly with the thumb and index finger of each hand as if you were pinching it and rock backward so your thumb knuckles touch the edge of the computer. Keep rocking backward so your finger tips are forced up and away from you. After a half hour of wiggling and pulling, this technique worked on the first try.

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