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iJonx
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 10:48 am    Post subject: Do It Yourself Upgrade! Reply with quote

I'm asking this for a friend. I personally bought my 1 GB memory from macsales.com and I had a small Apple reseller store install it for me for $40. My friend is thinking of buying the same memory and installing it himself. He wants to know if there is anyone else out there that has done it and tell us how easy or how hard it was. For me, I think it looked too hard to do so I just had a 'pro' do it. My friend doesn't want to shed out $40 so he wants to try it out himself. If anyone can just let us know they're experience, we'd appreciate. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to do it yourself. It's really simple. Here is a good guide to follow.

http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/82.13.0.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually - contrary to what that manual says - you won't actually have to take off the drive assembly unit. Apple's Mac mini service manual says to just open the mini and remove the bluetooth antenna (as in the manual linked), which will allow you access to the RAM module.
Anyway, that's the way I did it, and it worked like a charm.
Ohhh, and when putting it back together, make sure to fit in the backside of the mini first, and then press the frontside shut...
here's a link to the manual (it is 21 megs!)
http://www.whoopis.com/computer_repair/#mini
http://www.whoopis.com/computer_repair/mac_mini_sm.pdf


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I upgraded my 256 to 512 and it was extremley easy. I just used a putty knife - the sound it makes when you pop the clips is scary sounds like your breaking it but i did it and my computer works fine. You can't even tell it was tampered with if you do it correctly.

http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/Video/mini/high.mov

Thats the video I used to learn how to do it. Good Luck!
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