scared about adding ram in imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ozfried2693, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. ozfried2693 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2007
    im about to get a new aluminum imac 24" 2.4 1GB and i have another 1gb module that ill put inside once i get it. but i ruined my macbook pro while upgrading the RAM, and it cost me $1300 to fix. ive read lots of tutorials and watched videos but im still a bit skeptical, can anyone give me some tips on how i should add my RAM? thanks!
  2. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    How in the heck do you ruin a macbook pro to the tune of $1300 by trying to install memory?

    Open case, insert memory, close case......How the hell? :eek:
  3. ozfried2693 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2007
    haha well the case was also a bit dented and they said i would have to fix the case if i were to fix the RAM slots, and in all= $1300!!!!:eek:
  4. ozfried2693 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2007
    do u think the aluminum iMacs are easier to upgrade RAM than the macbook pro's?
  5. ch4920 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    as long as you can use a screwdriver and have 2 thumbs you should be ok
  6. daveseibert macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    It really shouldn't be very hard. I think the new imacs even have very accessible memory slots.

    If you're that scared, just call a house-call tech guy. I don't know where to find them, but I know we have more than a couple freelance apple techs in my area, and I'm in Iowa.

    It would absolutely be a rip off, mind you. They'll charge you an hour's rate for 2 min. of work...
  7. Live Steam macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2007
    It took all of 3 minutes to swap out two 1meg chips for two 2meg chips. You don't even need to lay it down as the manual suggests. I just slid it to the front edge of my desk and popped the two screws, the two chips and inserted the new chipsets. Piece 'o cake.
  8. wilfried macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    The only part that scared me was pushing hard enough to get the sticks in. It took more force than felt safe, and I was all paranoid that I had them turned the wrong way or something. But, after enough hard steady pressure, they eventually slipped into place. Getting a good grip on the tabs to pull them hard enough to get the old stick out was just a bit tricky. But all in all it was a trivial procedure.
  9. ozfried2693 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2007
    thanks great vid. my imac should arrive in a couple days and im gonna put the extra gig of ram in myself (hopefully i wont break it :p)
  10. errol macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    I think I must have been really unlucky because my Alu iMac 20" screw was screwed in at an angle by the factory, so it was a monster task in trying to remove it. Finally, after about 40 minutes of struggling and trying not to strip the screw, it came out.

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