Would I be stupid to try and install ram myself on a Core Duo Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kntgsp, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    I know they still need the putty knife, etc. But apparently now you have to remove the assembly that holds the HD and the SuperDrive just to get at the bloomin ram?

    Is this do-able? Or should I just take it in?
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    When was the last time you took a computer, any computer, apart? Not just opened the box, but, say replaced the hard drive, or a motherboard?

    I you have never done that, or the idea gives you hot flushes, get it done professionally.
  3. Subiklim macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2006
    Manhattan, New York
    My brother wants me to add RAM to his mini, but I'm a bit heasatent especially after my experience removing the optical drive in my PowerBook 12". It wasn't so much as it turned out poorly, it was just so complicated and time consuming that I told myself that at no matter what cost, I would take the system in next time it needed to be fixed. Mac Mini shouldn't be much harder, should it?
  4. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    there is only one way to know for sure. open it up, give it a try, and put it back together. if it doesnt work THEN take it in! although i guess that might end up costing you a little more in the end if you break something. but come on, ive taken apart every apple computer i have ever had, except my new intel mac mini. . . though i took apart my brother's mac mini G4 and replaced his ram.

    but i guess i will have to agree with plinden on this one. if you have experience with other computers, then go for it. if you have never seen the inside of a computer, then the mini would be a tough one to start with!
  5. kntgsp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Ha, funny. I built my own SLI gaming rig, trust me, it's not taking taking it apart. I just read a couple posts by people who said that the assembly is more difficult than the previous G4 minis. So the issue is how fragile the assembly is. I've just heard it's a little more delicate to take apart than the old assembly used to be.

    Anywho, non issue now. I'm at the AppleStore getting the RAM installed for free since i just bought it earlier today. And I'm typing this on their gorgeous 30" ACD. Droooool. I want this monitor, but I think it'd look conspicuous running out of here with a 30" monitor under my arm trying to go unnoticed

    I keed, I keed.

    Anywho, later.
  6. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC

    that's cool that they're doing it for free, only bummer is they don't let you keep the RAM they take out.
  7. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    The internal assembly is easy. Trust me I did it myself.

    The really tough bit is the outer casing, it is really a pain to get off.

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