Introduction

Increase your iMac's multitasking ability by adding RAM, allowing more programs to run at the same time. Speed is negligibly affected.

Image 1/1: Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the rear panel to the iMac.
  • Lay the iMac display-side down on a flat surface.

  • Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the rear panel to the iMac.

  • These screws are captive in the iMac. The center screw will stop turning after about 3.5 turns and the outer screws will stop turning after about 5.5 turns. Do not try to remove these screws from your iMac.

My iMac has only ONE catch, the central one, so the two outer screws are not to be touched.

In fact, I tried so hard to unscrew them, with a good screwdriver, that my hand hurt. Knowing that some times captive things (like these screws or a faucet) can be already at the end of their travel and we only lock them further into that position, I tried both screwing and unscrewing to no avail.

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djmadcracker - Reply

Looks like one of these screws is not like the others... a security Philips?! Never seen one of those before.

Terry Mullane - Reply

Please Note: If your iMac has an antenna for the airport extreme and not the bluetooth card. Don't buy the bluetooth get the airport extreme instead. Also, some newer devices may not work with these units.

James Janota - Reply

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Image 1/3: Pull the rear panel toward yourself and remove it from the iMac.
  • Lift the rear panel slightly from the bottom edge of the iMac.

  • Pull the rear panel toward yourself and remove it from the iMac.

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Image 1/3: Pull the RAM chip straight away from its socket.
  • Rotate each of the two RAM retaining arms away from the RAM chip.

  • Pull the RAM chip straight away from its socket.

  • Repeat this process for the other RAM chip.

  • Be sure the RAM arms are fully rotated away from the RAM socket before reinstalling any RAM chips.

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Conclusion

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

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Way too easy. Doubled my RAM in 5 minutes. Computer runs like new again.

Darren Fox - Reply

Can i get 6 or 8 gigs ram?

frederikchalmer - Reply

Do both the ram slots have to have ram in them

Gary Wayne - Reply

When I cut it on the Apple pops up then a colored screen comes up with horizontal lines

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