Power Mac G5 RAM Replacement

Replace/upgrade the RAM.

Use this guide to replace/upgrade the RAM in your Power Mac G5.

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Edit Step 1 Side Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/1: To avoid being shocked, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.

Edit Step 1 Side Panel  ¶ 

  • To avoid electrocution, shut down the computer. Do not open the computer or attempt to install any items inside it while the computer is on.

  • To avoid being shocked, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove all the cables, including the power cables before opening the unit.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the tab to unlock the side panel.

  • The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

Edit Step 5 Front Fan Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Front Fan Assembly  ¶ 

  • Locate the front fan assembly.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Pull the fan assembly out; it should slide out easily.

Edit Step 7 RAM  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 RAM  ¶ 

  • Locate the RAM on the Power Mac G5.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/3: The RAM module should pop up slightly.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use your thumbs to push the RAM ejector pins to the sides.

    • The RAM module should pop up slightly.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The RAM modules '''must''' be installed in pairs, with one module per bank (top and bottom).

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the RAM module from the DIMM slot.

  • The RAM modules must be installed in pairs, with one module per bank (top and bottom).

  • When reinstalling the RAM, make sure to note the notch on the DIMM slot. This notch needs to line up with the corresponding gap on the RAM module.

Conclusion

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

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Major thing to note, you must install RAM in pairs. You can't just install one card on the top and not one on the bottom. Pairs start from the center and move outwards.

Red Rabbit 90 - Reply

When installing new memory, note the orientation of the notch in the row of pins - about two fifths from the front of the computer - in relation to the matching ridge in the slots.

edgroupinc - Reply