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Released on July 21, 2011. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Thunderbolt. This unit is also used to run the Mac mini Server configuration.

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Mac mini crashes upon boot given three beeps

Im 99% sure this is a ram issue and wanted to see if anyone had a second opinion. I have both stock ram sticks and two upgraded sticks that worked fine for a while until it quit due to slowing and possibly my doing years ago trying to fix the problem (years ago and less twch savy). I want to use this mac mini as a nas or media server for my home. Should i simply replace the ram sticks and attempt a clean install or is there a way to repair the components upon the clean install?

Thanks for any help.

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I would second it being a RAM issue. I would try removing all the sticks and trying putting individual sticks in to see what happens. If by clean install, you mean the OS X, that won't help.

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Yep thats exactly what i did, i tried every individual stick first then both stock and both aftermarket also one of each. I was able to determine that one of the aftermarket (bought from best buy btw) was causing the issue, still even with the two that worked the mac would still crash after any attempt to troubleshoot issues while having the system running. I am goin to get two new sticks and start there and there really isnt a whole lot i want to save bc i lost it all when this first happened so if replacing the ram gets me up and running again i may try to retrieve my lost data but if it still runs slow and is unresponsive then (correct me if im wrong) but id think the best thing to do is try to bring the mac as close as i can to the state it was in upon purchasing it (full wipe of the whole system).


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