Mini Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by JzzTrump22, May 9, 2005.

  1. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Say i get a mini with 256 mb of ram and want to upgrade. Does it have to be done at Apple to be kept under warranty? I'm not sure if you could do it yourself, but i think the ram is all built in so you have to have apple to completly shange the board in the computer right?
  2. rand() macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2004
    I should preface this post by saying I don't own a Mini and I haven't fully read the literature on them. But this is what I've gathered through conversations and light internet reading.

    So, to answer both of your questions;

    Once you open the case, you've voided the warranty. It can be done fairly easily, and if you're careful they might not know you did it, but it technically voids the warranty. To keep it under warranty, you'd need to send it to Apple, or bring it into an Apple store where they'll do it for you.

    BUT, and this will tempt you to open that sucker, the ram is on a stick, not soldered to the motherboard. Which means, if you don't care about the warranty or you'd like to try to 'get away with it,' you can replace the ram yourself with a larger stick and be on your merry way.

    If the issue is "I'm not going to pay Apple-RAM prices when I can PriceWatch it much cheaper!" it's possible that an Apple tech at a store will install it for you if you walk in with the RAM in hand already. This I am absolutely NOT sure of, and I can't say I've ever asked an Apple guy to install a third-party piece of hardware.

    But if the issue is more of a "well, putting that extra ram in it really stretches my budget right now," then I'd say try to stretch your budget (or wait for a windfall) and have Apple send you the Mini with 512 MB in it to start with. Believe me, you'll enjoy your Tiger experience a LOT more with 512.

    Hope that all helps,
  3. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    apple has stated ... and this is from an apple employee on Your Mac Life.. that the ram is user servicable. obviously if you break something while upgrading it you're outta luck. however you are able to upgrade the ram yourself without voiding the warranty.
  4. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    It better be... A warranty that won't let you install your own RAM is a joke.
  5. kjr39 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004
    I just replaced ram in a mini (upgraded to 1GB). It makes a huge difference and took all of 10 minutes.

    Quite easy to do and saved me a couple of hundred bucks!
  6. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Yeah, you can install your own RAM without voiding the warranty. Just get yourself some RAM and a filed-down putty knife, and take your time getting the case open. I installed a 1 GB RAM stick without any problems whatsoever.
  7. JzzTrump22 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Ok thanks for the replies everyone, that helped me out in deciding on what to do with a mini.

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