iMacs picky about RAM upgrade?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mospeada, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. mospeada macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2003
    I have a friend's iMac 233Mhz that I would like to upgrade with more memory. I believe it's the Rev A model. The thing is, I already tried a 128MB sodimm in it and it failed the system's RAM check when you first turn it on. I've tried using the same sodimm in other imacs before and it would never work but, curiously, it would work on PC laptops (which is where it was pulled from).

    So my question is are iMacs picky about their RAM? Are there any brands that are known to work well consistently? I want to buy it used but I'm afraid it won't be compatible. I can probably try it out before I buy but I don't want to keep having to open the iMac each time the memory isn't working (it's the model where you have to pull out the entire brains and remove the shield over the memory).
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Absolutely: the iMac like most Macs will accept only a very narrow range of chip configurations - much narrower than PCs, laptop or otherwise (although there are some PC laptops that are as fussy). There is no way to choose based on brand 'cause each maker produces so many different configurations. It would be like saying a Chevy carbouretor fits all Chevies, and not specifying the year or the motor.

    The module is not particularly expensive- buy it new from a vendor who provides a guarantee of compatibility and a lifetime warranty.

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