Introduction

Removing the RAM is an easy task that requires no tools.

Image 1/2: Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.
  • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

  • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

    • You do not need to apply much downward pressure while turning.

This took a lot of force on my Mac mini. A lot.

nh3 - Reply

I agree. It took a crap ton of force from my thumbs to twist the bottom off.

sleeve -

I accidentally broke the little things that hold the cover to the case. Is there a cheap replacement to the cover? Those clips are held onto it very weakly.

Jacob Halton - Reply

Don't just use your thumbs... Use your whole palm to twist it, with maybe a thumb in one of the recesses, applying slight downward pressure.

markbart - Reply

I think it depends, I have seen some that are very difficult to open and some super easy. But I see them everyday. I wish there was a tool that fit in the holes.

Justin Weathersbee - Reply

When seating the bottom RAM chip you may have to apply a little extra side force to get it to seat properly. I put in the new RAM and just got a beeping sound upon starting. I then put the old RAM back in and got the same result.

Here is the solution I found on the Apple discussion board.

"Take a small flat head screwdriver and after you put the memory in slot 0, put the screwdriver between the top of the mac mini and the memory then turn the screwdriver a little to exert pressure on the memory into the slot. Do it on both sides of the memory."

This worked for me.

littlemas2 - Reply

I remember this when I was changing my memory ... I realized (after opening) that more you push, more force it take to open the cover. As you push down you force the cover "to rub" the casing and possibly other things inside. If you "lightly" hold the cover it comes right off ... Remember: less is more! :-)

Have fun!

Radek - Reply

Image 1/1: Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.
  • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

  • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

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Image 1/2: These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
  • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the chip.

  • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

  • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Here is an important trick: Apply no downward pressure while turning the cover. Pressing down will make it harder to turn.

I found this out when searching the web for why I couldn't open the bottom cover.

Lionel Hummel - Reply

I have just fitted the two 8 GB rams but despite refitting several times my computer is only reading one card. It simply says 8 GB memory and one space available. The cards slotted tightly and clicked in position. I have tried exerting a little pressure on the cards to see if there was not good contact but they appear connected. Any ideas please?

Graham - Reply

I had difficulty, only one card is read, the computer says i slot available. Have fitted several times and exerted pressure to ensure contact but still only one card read. Any ideas please?

Graham - Reply

You should try to find out if the DIMM or the slot is broken: I suppose you tried to switch the DIMMs? The easiest way is to try only one DIMM (memory module), first in the lower slot, then in the upper slot.

IMPORTANT: reset the PRAM after altering the configuration, i.e. after moving a DIMM to another slot. (Hold Cmd+Opt+P+R when turning on the Mac and keep holding the keys until you've heared the start chime two times.)

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063

If the one DIMM works in both slots, the slots are okay. Now try the other DIMM. If the second DIMM also works in both slots, I frankly have no other idea than to try a different version of OS X to rule out the possibility of a software problem.

muttztfz -

Removing the cover from the case: come on, people! Use force, but use it gently! There is no way to break things if you turn it into the direction of the second dot (to the left, counterclockwise). If you have to use force, don't push down towards the case, but use this force towards the intended cover rotation – you obviously have to push down also for the grip, but other than that: turn, baby, turn!

muttztfz - Reply

I also had the problem of one of the two DIMMs not being recognized. It was the one in the upper socket. This socket seems to be harder to get a DIMM to seat into it. Too much of the electrical contacts on the DIMM board will be visible if the board isn't fully seated (visually compare to working one to see difference). I ended up having to use more force than I liked to get it to seat, but it did finally slide in far enough into the socket and upon reboot was recognized so now have two 8GB for 16GB total.

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