Mid 2010 27" iMac i3 Memory problem?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MartyCan, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. MartyCan macrumors 65816

    MartyCan

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    I have this computer which originally came with 4GB (2 x 2GB sticks) Ram. We upgraded to a newer model and I was getting ready to sell this one and decided it would be a better sale with more RAM. I ordered 16 GB (4 x 4GB sticks) from OWC. They just arrived today and I popped them in. System booted up fine and reported all 16 GB no problem but after about a minute there was an error tone and the system rebooted.

    I got on the phone with OWC support and we tried a lot of things. 2 sticks only. Then the other 2. No issues so no problem with the sticks. Tried 3 sticks and again no problem. But as soon as you have 4 in there, problems!

    I'm not using the machine myself right now so no problem being patient. The support guy asked if I minded running it on 3 sticks over night to see if a problem came up or not and also directed me to a memory checking utility which is running on the 3 currently installed sticks.

    Anyway while all this is going on I'm searching and found a thread on Apple support Community where someone had the same problem with a 2010 27" and same 4 x 4GB memory from OWC. They replaced his sticks 3 times and the problem persisted. He finally solved his issue by installing 2 x 8 GB sticks from another supplier. OWC does not list their 2 x 8 GB ram as compatible with the 2010 27".

    Is this a known issue? Why would 4 perfectly good memory sticks cause an iMac to crash?
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Return the memory to OWC.

    Mac RAM is a sham. Mac uses regular memory.
     
  3. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    I tend to agree. You can a) return the lot and sell as-is, and let the buyer upgrade; b) return 2 of the 4, keeping 2 for 8 Gb (which should be enough to let the machine run nicely), and hope you get your money back on the sale.
     
  4. MartyCan thread starter macrumors 65816

    MartyCan

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    They were quite willing to take it back but through a variety of tests we did determine that none of the memory is a problem. It is running right now quite nicely with 12 GB (3 sticks) installed.
    I bought a set of 4. To return I have to send them all and order 2 more. I'm thinking since it's running fine with 12 I'll sell it like that and throw in the extra stick as a spare for the buyer. Not that big a deal.

    What I was really wondering is if this is a known issue with this model as I've seen a few other reports like this out there. Hence if it is a known problem is there a fix?
     

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