Mac Mini Memory Maddness

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Transeau, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Transeau macrumors 6502a

    Transeau

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    #1
    ARGH! I'm so annoyed right now.

    I picked up a Mini (brand new) to replace my last PC box. It's not used for much, just email, IM, etc.. I ordered the very basic.

    So, I picked up two 1GB SO-DIMMs and a 250 hard drive. Put them in and installed 10.4. Then it started rebooting. I ran the diags and after 6 extended tests it gave a memory error. So I pulled out one dimm and tried again. 20 extended passes, no errors. Okay, so a bad dimm, right?

    Wrong. I tested the other dimm, 20 extended passes, no errors. Put both in and I get an error on 3~6 passes. Tried reseating, swapping sockets... Nothing.

    Has anyone else seen this? It's "Transend" memory, normally pretty good. I'm sending it back and going back to Muskin.

    Any thoughts / feelings?
     
  2. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

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    Sometimes DIMMs just don't work well together. There are so many variables when it comes to RAM there's no telling what it was. I usually recommend a matched pair, but even that can sometimes be meaningless. All you can really do is try again, maybe switch to a different manufacturer if that doesn't work. Personally, I tend to stick with OCZ.
     
  3. Transeau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Transeau

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    It was a set of two, matched pair marketed for the Mini...
     
  4. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    That doesnt matter. Ram is still ram and is finicky as a cat.
     

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