Will RAM install mess up warranty?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kermit4161, May 18, 2007.

  1. kermit4161 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006

    I've been asked to upgrade RAM on several new Mac Mini's for a client of mine. Since I'm not a certified Apple repair center, I'm concerned that my installation will invalidate the Minis warranties. Is RAM still considered a user replaceable item?

    BTW.. I've done RAM upgrades on minis before... just not on brand new ones.

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I don't think RAM is considered user-upgradable on the mini.
  3. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    since it's not user-upgradable i think it will affect the warranty, i knwo you knwo how to do it, but i would check the apple, if you can find a D.I.Y info thne it should be okay to go ahead and do it...
  4. headhammer macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    if you install ram in your mac mini, you will void the warranty. the mini is the only computer where ram is not end-user accessible (without voiding warranty)

    if a repair center is attached to a store that sells ram, ask them if they'll install the ram for free if you buy the ram through them.
  5. Tara Davis macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2007
    Is this old piece of FUD still floating around???

    Opening the mini without damaging it is a trivial process. As long as you don't damage your mini when you open the case, you're not going to void the warranty. I had a first-gen mini (ordered right after the Stevenote), and on DAY ONE of owning it I popped it open and upgraded the memory.

    I took it in to the Apple Store genius bar once or twice for help with stuff, and they never once even bothered to check on who upgraded the memory.

    If you're THAT worried about it, just remove the extra memory any time you take it in for repair.

    Worst case, if you take one in for repair and there's more memory in it than they sold it with, and some misguided store employee actually makes a fuss about it, just say, "why yes, as a matter of fact, I *did* have an Authorized Apple Repair center upgrade the memory at one point. Can't say I recall who it was exactly..." That, plus maybe a little table-pounding, would do the trick every time.

    Just remember, the one thing NOT covered is any damage you do to it while swapping the memory in. Considering what an easy task it is, though, I wouldn't get too worked up about it.
  6. kermit4161 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006
    Thanks for the comments folks. I just wanted an answer to provide to the client as I wasn't sure... I passed on the info and he told me he doesn't really care about the warranty :)


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