Memory woes

Still loving my iMac – easily the nicest computer I’ve used since my trusty old Atari ST. 🙂

Parallels is a bit of a RAM hog though, resulting in many minutes of staring at spinning beach balls when switching to Safari and so on. So I decided to order a couple of 1GB RAM sticks – one for my Mac and one for my wife’s (did I mention she’s switched to a Mac too after seeing my Mac’s lovely screen!).

RAM arrived today – hurrah! But I can’t get it to work. Boo! One stick results in the Mac’s power LED flashing brightly in a quite alarming way; the other stick causes the Mac’s power LED to stay on, but with a black screen – doesn’t get further than that.

And yes, I’ve checked the type of RAM (RamBo 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667) and pushed the modules in hard until my fingers hurt (which is what you’re supposed to do apparently).

Called the supplier and I’m waiting for their resident tech to call. Pretty annoying and quite surprising – what are the odds of both RAM sticks being faulty? And with different results too?!

Hrmph. Maybe I should have paid the extra for the Kingston RAM after all…

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2 Responses to “Memory woes”

  1. Gideon Says:

    yeah I read about corsair ram doing some strange things to the new macs… seems paying the little bit extra is the way to go

  2. mattdoyle Says:

    Good advice I think Gideon. 🙂

    I’m happy to say that the supplier was very good and sent out another couple of RAM modules. They reckon that it happens fairly often – “probably a bad batch” they said!