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Any way to verify memory install was done without damage?

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Post time: 2014-02-13 22:52:52 |Show all posts
Expanding the Mac mini
Just installed 16gb memory into new i7 2.3 mac mini. Not quite as easy as i thought it would be. First time installing memory into a mac. Anyway I wanted to make sure I didn't do any damage while I was installing. some people report that issues are not immediately apparent. I didn't use an antistatic wrist band but made sure I grounded myself to the kitchen sink several times b4 i started. I had a little trouble maneuvering the bottom 8gb ram in, not knowing it would go in at an angle. since I couldn't get a good handle on the edges i tried pushing it in by the two of the four square nodes on the top of the module. dont think i did any damage but after I realized i was supposed to be doing it at an angle and therefore didnt even have to touch the nodes im a little concerned I may have damaged the module itself. anyway everything seems to be fine except for a wonky cursor when signing on to apple support communities (could just be my monitor, using dell 24inch). if anyone has any experience installing these memory modules i would appreciate any input. thanks!
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Post time: 2014-02-14 06:44:26 |Show all posts
Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.
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Post time: 2014-02-14 05:37:11 |Show all posts
Believe me, memory modules can be quite finicky if not installed correctly, and the computer will show it immediately. Since your computer is running well and the RAM is recognized, you can rest assured that you have not messed anything up.
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Post time: 2014-02-14 04:08:19 |Show all posts
The status of the 2 8gb ram modules says ok. However I am wondering based on how I described the install can anyone with any previous experience with this tell me whether the install should be good or not.
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Post time: 2014-02-14 02:13:48 |Show all posts
If "About this Mac" shows 16GB of RAM installed you are probably good to go. There are memory tests but if the system "sees" the RAM you don't really need to worry.
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Post time: 2014-02-14 00:48:33 |Show all posts
Hi,
The Memory test can really only be trusted if it finds a problem, not if it doesn't find a problem.
Memtest OS X...
http://www.memtestosx.org/joomla/index.php
Rember is a freeware GUI for the memtest ...
http://tech.kateva.org/2005/10/rember-freeware-memory-test-utility.html
On the cursor problem...
One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...
PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive
Reboot, test again.
If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.
Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.
Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...
/private/var/run/StartupItems
/Library/StartupItems
/System/Library/StartupItems
/System/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/LaunchDaemons
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