6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2011 5:13 AM by rkaufmann87
bbentson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

Here's what I have:


  iMac

  Model Identifier:          iMac7,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          4 MB

  Memory:          2 GB

  Bus Speed:          800 MHz

  Boot ROM Version:          IM71.007A.B03

  SMC Version (system):          1.20f4

 

My iMac is just over 3.5 Years old, and now out of wauranty. My HD was replaced about a week ago, and I now have a 500GB HD. What I'm looking to do now is increase my RAM.

The Genious at the Apple store reccomended I buy this from OTC:

 

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/5300DDR2S6GP/

 

He's recommending I buy a 6 GB set (a 2GB & a 4 GB)

What I don't understand is why I can't use 2 - 4GB (1 - 2GB in each slot)

I have 2 - 1 GB in ea. slot now for a total of 2GB.

 

I've read that my iMac can only handle up to 4GB of RAM. Is this correct?

 

Please confirm if it's OK to buy 6GB of RAM as he suggested...

Thanks!

 

Brian

 



imac G5, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    bbentson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also here is what's inside each slot now (from the Manufacture @ Apple):

     

    ECC:          Disabled

     

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

     

      Size:          1 GB

      Type:          DDR2 SDRAM

      Speed:          667 MHz

      Status:          OK

      Manufacturer:          0x2C00000000000000

      Part Number:          0x3848544631323836344844592D3636374531

     

     

    BANK 1/DIMM1:

     

      Size:          1 GB

      Type:          DDR2 SDRAM

      Speed:          667 MHz

      Status:          OK

      Manufacturer:          0x2C00000000000000

      Part Number:          0x3848544631323836344844592D3636374531

  • 2. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    Follow the Genius' advice, he's spot on. Your machine will handle 6GB of RAM and OWC (www.macsales.com) is a trusted vendor on these forums because they specialize in Macs, have great support and fair prices.The Genius did you a service by recommending OWC and the correct RAM for your machine so I'm not sure why you would second guess his advice.

  • 3. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    bbentson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks rkaufmann87.....

    Just a FYI... This particular Genious was wrong about another issue I had right before my HD crashed... so I didn't neccesarily second guess him, I've just emphisized that I have read that the most RAM my iMac can hold is 4GB. I'm a novice user, and not a wizzard, but thanks for your thoughts! I couldn't find on my own iMac where it says the Max RAM it can hold.... it would be nice if that were obvious to me.... thus the disscussion board!

     

    Thanks again!

  • 4. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    I see, I probably jumped to a conclusion prematurely not knowing of your experience with that particular Genius. However you are correct Apple specifies your iMac will only handle 4GB of RAM but OWC has tested and verified it will work fine with 6GB. I have been using 6GB on my late 2007 iMac for a couple of years now reliably. BTW installing RAM is very easy, you will find how-to videos on OWC's web site under their Tech Support link if you need it.

  • 5. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    bbentson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yup been there done that.... Seems easy enough......

    Thanks again!

    BB

  • 6. Re: More Ram on my imac 7.1
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    Your welcome.