possible to upgrade a mac mini late 2009 to 8gb ram?

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  1. SarmenHB macrumors newbie

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    i have a mac mini late 2009 (Macmini3,1) model # A1283
    i was origionally told i most i can go is 4gb of ram.
    when i bought the mac it had 2gb so i went to frys and get 2 2gb sticks of ram

    here is the info on the ram. both are the same (cant remember manuf name)

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1067 MHz
    Manufacturer: 0x8502
    Part Number: 0x505344333247313036363253000000000000
    Serial Number: 0x00000000


    anywho frys also told me that i cant go above 4gb of ram apparently it wasnt possible.

    today i got a program called macTracker which is on the app store. it shows all the macs that ever existed etc.

    it says that the Macmini3,1 has a maximum capability of running of 8gb of ram but can only support up to 4gb of ram using apple ram.
    before i go out and get the ram what im wondering if any of you have tried putting 8gb of ram on a Macmini3,1 (late 2009)

    thanks
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Make sure your firmware is up to date and 8gb should be no problem.
     
  3. dcoulson macrumors member

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    Yep, my 2009 Mac Mini works great with 8Gb RAM. Apple released an EFI update early 2010 that enabled 8Gb RAM on the 2009 Mini.

    This works great - No need for Apple branded memory.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231294
     
  4. Undo Redo, Apr 20, 2011
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    Undo Redo macrumors 6502

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    I tried it with Crucial memory (in late 2009 mini) and it was a no go. I tried everything and the best the mini would do is 6GB, in an unmatched pair. But mine might be defective. Your results could be better.

    Fortunately I have a MacBook Pro so I put the new memory in it instead.
     
  5. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure only the early 2009 Mini needs an EFI firmware update (the late 09 Mini shipped with EFI firmware that supports 8GB RAM). See http://support.apple.com/kb/DL888

    The EFI firmware update should've been installed via Software Update long ago.
     
  6. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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  8. dcoulson macrumors member

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  9. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I'll vouch for that. I have 8GB of that in my early 2009 mini (bought the day after they came out), and it works like a charm.
     

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