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iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement

What you need

  1. iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 1 of 2 iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac.

    • Remove the access door from the iMac.

    • Before beginning the repair, unplug the computer and press and hold the power switch for 20-30 seconds, to discharge internal capacitors.

  2. iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement, RAM: step 2, image 1 of 2 iMac Intel 17" RAM Replacement, RAM: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate the two RAM arms outward from the iMac to eject the RAM chips.

    • Slide the RAM chips out of their slots.

    • Be sure the two RAM chips are fully inserted into the iMac before reinstalling any RAM arms.


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

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These comments don't belong here, they are for the hard drive replacement page. That being said, the RAM replacement is easy easy easy. It took me longer to get the RAM out of the packaging than it took to install them.

tjsadiq1 - Reply

Great Guide! I felt comfortable starting this project before I began. I love the option to buy the relevant tools as well. My only question is this: Why isn't the 2GB upgrade listed in the relevant parts? I bought one from this site after checking compatibility, but it seems like I can't find that same part from this page . . . just seemed strange. Again, great guide! Thanks!

justinisnow - Reply

I of course did it wrong! Then figured it out and did it right after the children started crying their 3 macs weren't working! When you put the memory in it really is important to push the memory chips all the way in with your fingers until they are well seated. If not... flashing start light computer won't even start, and at best only half of ram will actually work. So put them in right side up, slide them in carefully into their slots and slide them all the way in until they click into place. All happy now on Club Penguin and Kizi!

Jim - Reply

Thank you for easy and very technical instructions!

I love my old machine very much! :) Use at kitchen to stream video and entertain my self when cooking:) Right now I cant even play YouTube, guess upgrade of RAM will help.

I will appreciate for suggestions and advise for any other upgrade that my prolonged live and improve work of my old friend:)

Thank you!

Thank you! Excellent site!

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