Installing RAM Question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Infrared, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Ok, so I have some new RAM. It has the large heatsinks
    which are attached by metal strips that fold over the edge
    of the memory cards. Now, my question is this: when I install
    the RAM is it ok to press on those strips, or do I have to
    push the card edge directly? On the one hand I don't want to
    do anything that loosens the heat sinks. On the other, I
    don't want the imprint of a circuit board edge on my fingers
    for the rest of my life ;)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    ps

    I saw this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGOXnk0Nrmg

    This guy left the (large) stickers on the RAM! :)

    Now, I know nothing about installing RAM, but, let me say,
    it must be a good idea to remove those stickers. Let your
    RAM breathe!
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I've never removed the stickers on RAM when I install them and I've done a lot.
     
  4. steveza macrumors 68000

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    The stickers are fine just where they are. It helps having them when you forget what type of RAM you installed :)
     
  5. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    He's got 3 stickers on each FB-DIMM! -->

    Picture 4.png

    Please don't tell me that's NOT excessive :)

    Ok, the ones in the middle might be a pain
    to remove, but the outer ones.. I'd rip 'em
    off.
     
  6. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    The stickers will do no harm, and if you need to return them where ever you bought them you won't get a refund or an exchange since you have removed the bar codes.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    If you remove the stickers, you void your RAM warranty.
     
  8. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I installed 2 x 2GB yesterday, and I pushed on the metal strips. I also left the stickers on mine, because it said "Warranty Void if removed" and I didn't want to void anything.

    Everything's been running great since the install, so I'm not sweating it.
     
  9. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Eek. I've got a couple of stickers beside me with "Removing
    label may void warranty" written on them!

    Ouch. I didn't even see that on them. The writing is rather
    tiny. Anyway, why should removing a sticker void a
    warranty? That's moderately ridiculous. Next thing they'll
    tell you taking memory out of the box voids the warranty :)

    And what is "may" supposed to mean? They don't sound
    very sure of themselves there.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Because once you take off the sticker, it's very hard to determine which company sold the RAM --- which leaves it open to abuse. (and believe me, customers have tried it -- sending in old c%#))y modules and claiming that they just purchased them, they don't work, and they want a cash refund)

    No company will provide warranty replacement for another -- Chevy won't fix your Ford under warranty. And a company wouldn't honor a warranty on a product with the serial number removed from it.
     
  11. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Couldn't they mark the RAM in a more sensible way? With
    indelible ink or something? And if it does void the warranty,
    the least they could do is WRITE THAT IN LARGE LETTERS.
    I mean, I can barely read that warning without my glasses
    on, and every other product I buy with a loosely attached
    sticker is meant to be used stickerless. Wow this has taken
    a bizarre turn. When I mentioned those stickers on YouTube,
    I would never have imagined...

    ps

    Thinking about it, I'm not sure what leaving the sticker on
    achieves anyway. I mean, it's so easy to remove, I could
    pull it off and slap it on another module. So perhaps they
    tie it into the memory serial number that the System
    Profiler shows. But then there's no no need for the sticker
    to be attached to the memory anyway. Sightly perplexed :)
     
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Yeah, they could.

    Are you prepared to pay 10 - 20% more for your RAM to cover the cost of a custom screen printing operation at the distributor or reseller, that can put an indelible imprint onto RAM sticks of 16 or 20 different shapes and sizes, one at a time? It's about speed and cost effectiveness.

    Not a subject to get so excited about, IMO. Just don't mess with the stickers ;)
     
  13. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Ok :)
     

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