Upgrading Ram in Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by lostgorilla, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. lostgorilla macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2005
    I got a mini about 6 - 8 weeks ago and could only afford the 256MB model. Much to my dismay, now Apple has enhanced them (as of July 26 looks like) to be base model with 512MB. I guess I should have waited to buy one... :(

    A few questions for the community...

    1: Should I buy ram from the Apple store? I've heard minis take very specific ram.

    2: Should I attempt to do the upgrade myself or should I take it to my local Apple store and have it done?

    3: If i take it to the Apple store, will they give me any sort of credit for my 256 chip?

    4: Pretty wishful thinking here, but Apples a different kind of company... any chance since I bought the mini weeks before this enhancement they might have some sort of deal for us who missed the boat? yeah yeah, I know its computers and they are outdated the minute you walk out the door.


  2. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    1. Get it from the apple store as it will be right for the machine.

    2. Get the apple store to do it, its tricky to open, its not worth the risk of damage.

    3. Some apple authorised providers MAY buy your old ram.

    4. I would doubt it, you still have a very decent mac.

  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    1) It will be much less expensive and have a lifetime warranty if you buy the 1 GB module from a reputable third party seller. Choose a seller that tests and guarantees compatibility with the Mini, and you'll have no worries.

    2) It depends on your confidence. Opening the Mini takes 2 flexible putty knives and viewing one of the take-apart videos that're available on the Web. If it is your first time working on any computer,then take it to a technician and pay them approx. $30 to install.

    3) Dreamer ;) .... you may be able to get a few bucks selling the 256 Mb on the Marketplace here or in your locak Users group. There is a glut of used 256 Mb on the market for the very reason you are upgrading, so any trade in you get would just be a discount from the selling price of the 1 Gb.

    4) Dreamer, absolutely :D
  4. alexprice macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2005
    I agree fully.


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