Mac Mini 2018 Ram installation attempt- very hard!
I have been upgrading RAM in Apple computers since my first Mam, an LCIII, back in the 1990’s. I’ve pulled apart iPods to replace the battery, I’ve pulled apart iMacs with their glass screen and I’ve changed the hard drive and screens in macbook pro’s. But the hardest gig yet was changing the memory in my 2018 Mac Mini.
After my first attempt I rebooted my Mac to discover that one of the RAM modules was not working. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I needed to pull the whole thing apart again give the RAM modules a jiggle and then reassemble the Mac mini. Read on to find out more about my experience!
Now to be fair, Apple does say this is not for the average user.
Apple have said this many times in the past but usually ‘No user installable RAM’ just means they’ve put a security screw on the case or you need special Apple compatible RAM. This time they actually mean it!
Apple could have made the RAM easier to replace by putting it in a different location or designing the case differently, but obviously allowing people to upgrade the RAM after purchase was not a priority for Apple in this case.
iFixit have a pretty good video about how to do it here. It’s a great instructional video but they make it look a lot easier than it is. The lady in the video skips over some small technical details and she has obviously practised some of these manoeuvres a few times to get them looking so smooth. There are a lot of little places that might trip you up along the way. It requires you to be thinking at each step of the way. Don’t just mindlessly follow the video.
It’s not technical in that you need to understand electronics or how to solder to replace the RAM. What’s needed is a physical dexterity and precision combined with some mechanical intuition that might be possessed by a watchmaker or jeweller. If that’s not you then I’d suggest you ask a friend to help you.
Here are some of the points that I found difficult.
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2 responses to “Mac Mini 2018 Ram installation attempt- very hard!”
Yes! That antenna connector was easily the worst part of the whole process, closely followed by trying to get the RAM seated properly and getting the rubber pieces seated right. The power supply connector isn’t a piece of cake, either.
I still haven’t gotten my antenna hooked back up! I thought that I’d just use it wired with ethernet and usb keys/mouse….. but when I would turn it on using HDMI for video, it would start to act like it was going to start and halfway through the process it just goes black?? So I don’t know what to do, if I should put the 4 GBs of RAM back in or try to figure out how to get the antenna fixed?? I would think that if I was going to use all wired accessories and ethernet, because my plan was to use it for converting my LPs to DSD256 format and I was planning on using the Mac mini and now I probably voided the Apple Care?? But I don’t want to throw it out, I haven’t even used the friggin thing and that was a piss poor corporate idea that Apple pulled on their loyal customers….. Jobs probably turned in his grave over this BS!!