Mac mini ram upgrade problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Che Castro, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    I got the 2010 Mac mini today, this is my second Mac mini I have Another 2012 model
    I had the 2012's 4gb ram laying around so I decided to put that ram in the 2010 Mac mini

    So it's 2/2gb sticks , I put the 4gb ram in the 2010 mini and the computer beeps non stop and doesn't turn on
    Then I put one 2gb stick along with the original 1gb stick, this works and gives me 3GB Ram total

    I know both 2x2gb ram sticks are good because there brand new ,never used & they work ok in the 2012 mini
    I did the pram & smc resets and still can only get the 3gb combo ram to work not the 4gb


    This is the 2010 mid Mac mini , did anybody have this problem
    Is there a fix ?
     
  2. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    What mhz are the memory sticks running? I tried putting 1333mhz ram from my 2011 macbook pro in my 2010 mini and it always bugged out. The 2010 mini sticks runs in 1067mhz.
     
  3. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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  4. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    From my experience it won't work due to them being even faster than my memory (sorry for not noticing that in your initial post).

    2010 memory sticks with the right mhz is pretty expensive but as far as I know its whats needed to get it to work proper.
     
  5. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    That looks like a good option if you want to bump the memory from your standard 2GB. It looks like it's offered a 4GB kit (2x2) and 8GB kit (4x2).

    I have 8GB in my primary machine which is a Mac mini, but my living room 2009 Mac mini has 4GB and is fine.
     
  6. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    I actually just read on a swedish forum on the same topic that a 2010 macbook pro might work with one 1333mhz memory and one 1066mhz. Don't know if they must be in a specific slot or if either one will work. Maybe its the same for the mini?
     
  7. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I do have 16gb of ram on my 2012 mini
    I'm gonna try taking one stick out of that & putting it on the 2010 mini
    I can live with 10gb of ram in my 2012 mini
     
  8. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    The 2010 needs 1066 MHz while the 2012 can use 1600 MHz.
    As long as the 2010 sees one 1066 stick it will downgrade the 2nd stick even if it's faster.
    If the 2010 doesn't see any 1066 sticks then it gives a RAM error.
    So you can mix a 1066 stick with a faster stick but there's no advantage (other than the cost savings from recycling your spare sticks) because it will only run at the slower speed.
     
  9. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008LTBJFM/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1424089191&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX200_QL40&keywords=crucial+pc3-8500&dpPl=1&dpID=51b-7vcsmkL&ref=plSrch
     
  11. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I got the ram today , everything works 8gb of ram
    If you have a mid 2010 Mac mini this link is the one to get
     

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