Possible to install RAM on a standing iMac?

Swift Sketcher

macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 26, 2007
Is the only way to install RAM in the imac by laying it flat? Or will I be okay if I leave it standing, tilting the screen and install it that way?

I don't have adequate room or soft material to lay the imac flat in my workspace at school. Just wondering if there are any risks involved if I do not lay it flat.


macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
I've done it on Intell aluminum iMacs before just by tilting the screen. Just make sure your have a short screwdriver, angle the screwdriver correctly so you don't strip the screw, and unplug the iMac.


macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
+1 Same Here

A word of warning though....It takes a fair bit of pressure to seat the new modules correctly, a lot more than you'd think.

I did mine as posted above, just tilted back, unscrewed the cover plate, popped them in, hey presto.
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