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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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Still possible to buy RAM for G4 Mac Mini?

I have a first gen G4 Mac Mini, the slowest processor that was available at that time. This came with 256 MB RAM and Panther.

Is it still possible to buy RAM to max this machine? And is the max for this machine 1GB or 2 GB?

If I can buy RAM for this, can someone give me the specs; where to buy it from and how much I should expect to pay for it? I would also need the vendor to install the RAM as I am very clumsy.

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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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It's possible to buy RAM and upgrade just about any computer ever made.

Which Mac mini is it?

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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #3
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Thanks HowEver. Just after posting my question I went to CanadaRAM's site (remembering that they post here) and found the RAM, but they are in BC and I need someone in the GTA so that they can also install it for me.

My Mini is the first model Apple released, the G4 with a 40 gig drive and 256 megs of RAM. I think the processor speed is 1.25 gigs or something like it.

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Tilt familiarize yourself with the putty knife and install it yourself. Go to Tigerdirect near Brant Street and get a 1Gb stick of ram.
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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 02:50 PM   #5
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Here's a guide:

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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 02:50 PM   #6
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Tilt familiarize yourself with the putty knife and install it yourself. Go to Tigerdirect near Brant Street and get a 1Gb stick of ram.
Hehe, this is exactly were my being clumsy comes in Delicacy and handiwork unfortunately are not my strong suits. I belong to the PAG club (Pay a Guy).

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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #7
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Opening a mini is sometimes not easy, and the noise it can make is a little unsettling. However, besides scratching it a bit you should be pretty safe. There are video on youtube that show what to expect.

I've done a bunch of them and if it's been opened before it won't be that bad. Putting back together is a 'snap' literally.
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Isn't Creative Technology located in Burlington? I'm sure they can install the RAM for you and probably can sell you the appropriate RAM as well.

Check around for pricing though - I'm sure somewhere like Canada Computers or the like will have a better deal for the RAM.
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Old Oct 31st, 2008, 08:39 PM   #9
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I would like to thank EhMacer Jef. Jef today spent a few hours with me starting from coming to TigerDirect and buying RAM, hard disc and enclosure for the old hard disc, and then upgrading my G4 Mac Mini's RAM, hard disc, putting the old drive in the enclosure and migrating everything to the new one; and then upgrading the RAM on my MacBook.

All this with coffee included Jef, I owe you big time.

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Wow! What a great story! Way to go Jef and way to go the power of ehMac!
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