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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 02:38 PM   #11
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I then started to test using Rember and early in the test it came up with a message that some memory address was "stuck" or words to that effect.

Now that I reset the SMC I could test the RAM again I suppose.
Any suggestions what else I could use to test the RAM.
If everything is working properly for you, especially under any somewhat heavy intense RAM use, I wouldn't bother running any RAM tests, and save the time to do so if and only when things might go goofy.
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Maybe I wasn't clear....
I ran the Apple hardware extended test, first thing it does is test the RAM.
Went OK for a while and then the test failed to continue - I waited for 20 minutes and when there was no progress after 20 minutes, I broke off the Apple hardware test.
I then started to test using Rember and early in the test it came up with a message that some memory address was "stuck" or words to that effect.

Now that I reset the SMC I could test the RAM again I suppose.
Any suggestions what else I could use to test the RAM.
Some of those tests can take way over 20m each to progress, it likely wasn't frozen. How much RAM in the machine?
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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 02:54 PM   #13
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Good fix solution.

I hadn't mentioned to use the SMC reset as you were going to go to the genius bar, but I had to do the same thing with my mid-2007 iMac a few months ago when my FW drives wouldn't connect or mount using FW 800, but would with FW 400 and/or USB 2.0. And the SMC reset worked each time. So far, it's still OK, and I hope I don't regret saying that.
I wonder what would have happened at the Genius Bar.................

Actually, since the SMC reset on the Mini is essentially shutting it down, unplugging the power and then booting it up again, I assume that the FW800 port would have just worked there again and I would be totally befuddled.............
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Some of those tests can take way over 20m each to progress, it likely wasn't frozen. How much RAM in the machine?
4GB of RAM

As to the test - would the progress bar stop as well as the time counter?
If absolutely nothing happens at all, I normally think something is amiss.
Normally, I don't even wait 20 minutes to see if there is any progress, I was just busy doing something else and didn't get back to the Mac for that length of time.
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I wonder what would have happened at the Genius Bar.................

Actually, since the SMC reset on the Mini is essentially shutting it down, unplugging the power and then booting it up again, I assume that the FW800 port would have just worked there again and I would be totally befuddled.............

Not quite.

The SMC reset requires that the power switch be used while it's unplugged or disconnected from any power power source thus draining any residual power that normally holds the settings.
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Not quite.

The SMC reset requires that the power switch be used while it's unplugged or disconnected from any power power source thus draining any residual power that normally holds the settings.
Not for the Mini.

I followed these instructions from the Apple website:

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Resetting the SMC for Mac Pro, Intel-based iMac, Intel-based Mac mini, or Intel-based Xserve

1. Shut down the computer.
2. Unplug the computer's power cord.
3. Wait fifteen seconds.
4. Attach the computer's power cord.
5. Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.
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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 03:25 PM   #17
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4GB of RAM

As to the test - would the progress bar stop as well as the time counter?
If absolutely nothing happens at all, I normally think something is amiss.
Normally, I don't even wait 20 minutes to see if there is any progress, I was just busy doing something else and didn't get back to the Mac for that length of time.
the more ram the longer the initial test will be. i agree with g-mo, the hardware test was most likely not frozen.
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As to the test - would the progress bar stop as well as the time counter?
Yes.
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All right, I'll run the test over night just to convince myself everything is fine with the RAM.
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Still, 20 minutes unresponsive for 4 GB of RAM is far outside of the time I would expect for AHT if the RAM was functional.
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