What is a "bank"?

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  1. Ardoptres macrumors regular

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    My iMac (2008, 24" cheap version) sometimes beeps during startup (not always). It beeps 2 times before a pause, and then 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause, etc. etc.

    I've found out that this means that it has "no good banks". I have a suspicion that this is also the cause for my random gray screens of death.

    The problem is, i have no idea what a "bank" is. It's probably something everyone knows but me :p.

    So, does anyone know what it is?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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  3. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    You mean RAM? I had a feeling that was it.

    But no, i haven't changed a thing in the computer, ever. Do I have to replace something? My warranty is expired, and I don't have AppleCare, sadly :(
     
  4. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Yes, RAM. (Random Access Memory)

    Well, if it is faulty ram, you're lucky, because it's simple to replace. And it's very cheap now anyway.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1423

    Maybe first try removing the RAM entirely, and the reseating the chips.

    If that does not give you a long term solution, you can order some additional RAM (I would upgrade to 4GB if I were you) and try that.
     
  5. rtrt macrumors 6502a

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    might be an idea to reseat the ram. if theres any dust in there then get rid of it.

    cant suggest anything else as don't have an intel imac so never seen the ram install process - easy or difficult as it might be.
     
  6. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will try to take out the ram and putting it back in tomorrow. It's 10:30 PM here, and i really don't want to fight with this any more today :p

    Btw, if I do take out/replace the RAM, is my warranty still valid? I just found out that there is a 2 year warranty and not the American 1 year (I live in Denmark).

    And just for reference, here is the 3 beep thing: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1547?viewlocale=en_US
     
  7. dashriprock17 macrumors newbie

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    I'm pretty sure a bank is a place where one deposits money.....:D:rolleyes:
     
  8. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Yup. That's an Apple website I linked you to. That is user installable RAM.

    Also, I don't normally do it the way that Apple describes (placing the mac face down). I normally just bring it close to the edge of a table, and tilt the screen up.
     
  9. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, good.

    As for placing it face down, i was thinking the same thing. Although, don't you risk that it will all just fall out? Or do you just have to be careful.
     
  10. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    It shouldn't fall/fly out. When you pull on the plastic tab, you can just hold your other hand underneath to be sure.
     
  11. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    I took out the RAM and put it back in. There was a lot of thick dust in there, so they might've been the problem.

    My computer is working so far at least :p
     

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