2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2008 8:51 AM by Huguenot
Huguenot Level 1 (0 points)
I have a Mac Mini, spec as follows: Machine Name: Mac mini
Machine Model: PowerMac10,2
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.5)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.33 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.9.4f1

And I would like to add extra RAM. Only problem is, I can't see how to open the case.
So- two questions: A: can anyone please tell me how to get into the machine? and B: what would you recommend as a reasonable amount of RAM to add?
regards, Stuart

1 x Mac Mini using OS X Tiger, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • AndyO Level 6 (17,050 points)
    At this moment in time, your system has 512Mb RAM, and since it only has one slot (unlike later models which had two), it can only take a maximum of 1Gb, thus the only option open to you is to remove the existing 512Mb module and replace it with a 1Gb unit. Increasing RAM to 1Gb will give you better performance in general, though not startlingly so - more improved smoothness of use.

    As to how you go about the upgrade, getting in the mini is a bit tricky and requires use of a couple of very thin putty knives, as shown in the video linked to on the page at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/ It's not for the faint-hearted, but it's pretty easy really. Unlike later models where the memory is under the hard drive and thus requires some additional disassembly, on your model the RAM is a single slot on the edge of the logic board and can easily be accessed with just the top off the system and no further work.
  • Huguenot Level 1 (0 points)
    Many thanks for that. I shall have a go at it.