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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: Memory corrupting Hard drive? Reply with quote

Hello all,

I bought a Mac mini in April to give the Mac universe a try. I have had nothing but problems. My latest problem is hard drive failure. I have had my drive replaced once. then 4 days later the same thing happened again. I took it to my local apple store to have them take a look at it since they did the last repair and this time they say my 3rd party memory is the culprit. I went back to the store where I purchase my device and they say they have never heard for such a thing and they have sold that type of memory to others with Mac mini without problems.

I have been working with windows machines all my life and see myself as being pretty computer literate but that is the strangest explanation for hard drive failure I have ever heard.

Just wondering if anyone has heard the same.

thanks

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's been discussed here before; when a bad stick of RAM will start corrupting data as it is written onto the HD. From what I understand the Mini is very picky on what types of RAM it can use without having problems like the one you are describing.

It's my suspicion that yours is an isolated incident since the distributor of the memory you bought said that there are usually no problems with that RAM. It could be that it's just a bad RAM module, see if they will replace the RAM for you under the circumstances that the one you were sold is non-functional. Or try putting your original apple manufactured RAM back into the mini for a while. If it behaves normally then you can know for sure that you just have a bad 3rd party RAM module.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Memeory can do VERY weird things to all sorts of systems. Macs are very picky about their RAM, also. Other than that, e3mw has the right explanation about why. I would recommend reformatting and working with your other stick for a while. If there are no problems, than you know it's the RAM. Otherwise you could just run stress test benchmarks or get your friends at the Apple shop place to test it. They should have RAM testing hardware if they're good.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies.

I guess it makes me feel a little better. Atleast it will give me some confidence in the apple techs. I was starting to think that they dont know what they are talking and were looking for something to blame

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thaboli wrote:
I guess it makes me feel a little better. Atleast it will give me some confidence in the apple techs. I was starting to think that they dont know what they are talking and were looking for something to blame


It's sad to say this, but I would probably say they didn't know what they were talking about. I've read a lot about how Apple tech is quick to put the blame on third party devices. They are normally right, but that's not the point, Smile.

Be sure to update this thread when and how you fix the issue.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I got my mini back today...They didnt find anything wrong...so they say but when I got my computer back i checked my system info and interestingly my memory had gone from the 1 gig I sent it in with to 256 which it came back with. They didnt say anything to me about switching out my memory or inform me when I picked up the machine.

not happy with compusa

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Memory issues can cause a lot of problems and Apple isn't alone when they point to 3rd party products as possibly causing problems. I have a bunch of Dell/HP/IBM servers and the first thing the techs do is look for 3rd party memory...the HP guy wouldn't touch one of the boxes until we removed the memory. I know it sounds easy to blame 3rd party products but they shouldn't have to troubleshoot the products of another company. Heck, I don't. Smile

I'd also not trust CompUSA, those techs aren't always gurus. One of the guys in my net tech classes here who barely based got a job as a tech at a CompUSA. My 6yo had better skills. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well here is a funny story i tracked down the reason my mini has less memory. They gave me the wrong computer. Turns out they gave me thier computer.

They did the diagnositics on my computer once they found it and said that the hard drive is corrupted and they havent figured out why.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thaboli wrote:
Well here is a funny story i tracked down the reason my mini has less memory. They gave me the wrong computer. Turns out they gave me thier computer.

They did the diagnositics on my computer once they found it and said that the hard drive is corrupted and they havent figured out why.

rav


So you got a loaner? Tell them you're keeping it AND want your other one back, Twisted Evil.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have always done my own computer repair work in the past. It is hard to believe that that this is the state of things in the world of computer repair.



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I got my computer back

they couldnt find anything wrong with it outside of the hard drive so they replaced the drive.

will give it a try

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thaboli wrote:
I have always done my own computer repair work in the past. It is hard to believe that that this is the state of things in the world of computer repair.



rav


You think computers are bad. Have you tried to repair your own car lately? Laughing

I really don't think the Mac mini is that hard to repair. Changing out parts is pretty easy.
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