Mac Mini 3.3GB of RAM

nickn

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 17, 2011
386
0
Long story short, my Macmini2,1 from 2007 is no longer a viable option for me to use with the stock 1GB installed. I need to upgrade my RAM, which is where my question is at. According to the web, I could install two 4GB sticks, and my machine would be able to use 3.3GB of that. According to a few posts I have read though, apparently, if I actually fill the entire 3.3GB, my computer may have a kernel panic. Is this true? I want speed, but not at the risk of crashing!
Thanks!
 
Last edited:

Intell

macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
18,883
372
Inside
That is not true. Neither my MacMini 2,1 (once 1,1) nor may Macbook2,1 kernel panic when the ram starts to become full.
 

paulrbeers

macrumors 68040
Dec 17, 2009
3,960
120
Long story short, my Macmini2,1 from 2007 is no longer a viable option for me to use with the stock 1GB installed. I need to upgrade my RAM, which is where my question is at. According to the web, I could install two 4GB sticks, and my machine would be able to use 3.3GB of that. According to a few posts I have read though, apparently, if I actually fill the entire 3.3GB, my computer may have a kernel panic. Is this true? I want speed, but not at the risk of crashing!
Thanks!
I've never seen this happen with my 2006 minis (same board and upgraded CPUs). Not sure where you saw this but my guess is bad ram and not anything to do with hitting the Mac amount of ram
 

philipma1957

macrumors 603
Apr 13, 2010
6,271
191
Howell, New Jersey
Long story short, my Macmini2,1 from 2007 is no longer a viable option for me to use with the stock 1GB installed. I need to upgrade my RAM, which is where my question is at. According to the web, I could install two 4GB sticks, and my machine would be able to use 3.3GB of that. According to a few posts I have read though, apparently, if I actually fill the entire 3.3GB, my computer may have a kernel panic. Is this true? I want speed, but not at the risk of crashing!
Thanks!
why 2x 4gb .

you need 2x 2gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146697

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148201

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178166




take your pick.

if you open the machine and put in the ram consider a hdd upgrade


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136856


I MUST have put 4gb ram and this drive into 20 minis like yours a few years back.
 

nickn

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 17, 2011
386
0
Thanks for the info everyone! Also, one other question I forgot to ask, is if I buy 2x2GB chips that support dual channel memory, can I still take advantage of the dual channel capabilities, even though my machine can only address 3.3GB of the 4GB total?




why 2x 4gb .
you need 2x 2gb
I MUST have put 4gb ram and this drive into 20 minis like yours a few years back.
Thanks! I meant 2x2, not 2x4.