7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2013 3:51 PM by lllaass
jtdc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

i have a 2008 mac mini and i wanted to update to os x 10.9 and i only have 1 gb of ram. Is that normal because i think i had 2 or 4gbUntitled.png


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,765 points)

    No, you have 2x512MB RAM modules so only 1GB total.

     

    You can put up to 4GB in that machine, if you want to replace those with 2x2GB modules

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/

     

    You could do it for about $60 although you do not have to buy from OWC.  You can take those RAM specifications and shop for RAM from crucial.com or somewhere else.

     

    While 2GB is the minimum for Mavericks, you'd find the whole 10.9 experience much nicer if you went for the 4GB upgrade.

     

    P.S. what you have does appear to be the default setup for a mid-2007 model Mac mini - http://support.apple.com/kb/SP7

  • jtdc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i use to have more do they go bad, i do not want too open up my is there a way i can trick the computer into thicking i have more

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,765 points)

    There is no way you had more - they do not selectively loose capacity like that.  If they are listing as 512MB in system profiler, then those are 512MB SODIMMs.

     

    And from the tech specs I posted above, that machine would have shipped with 1GB total, unless you custom ordered it or added some later.

  • jtdc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i do not want too open up my mac is there a way i can trick the computer into thicking i have more

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (164,840 points)

    No.You need to install more memeory. See the following:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/mac_mini/intel

     

    Also, you may actually have a 2007 Mini since Apple did not make a 2008 Mini. A 2007 can only go to 10.5

     

    A 2007 is MB138*/A, MB139*/A, Macmin2.1

    A 2009 is MB463*/A, MB464*/A, Macmin3.1

  • jtdc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No i have snow lepord (10.6.8)

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (164,840 points)

    Your Mini can only go to OSX 10,7. I know because your initial post's screen shot shows a 1.83 GHz processor, 2009 one, which can go to Mavericks have either a 2 or 2.26 GHz processor.

     

    Lion requires:

    OS X Lion system requirements

    To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM