Am I push­ing hard enough?

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My Dad has given me his MacBook (2,1) to up­grade for him. I pulled two 512MB Hynix mod­ules to in­sert two 1GB Sam­sung SODIMMs so he can run Yosemite. How hard should I push the mod­ules? An­gle? I can’t see enough in there us­ing my iPhone’s torch. I move the levers left to re­lease. Mov­ing them right seem to do the in­ser­tion, as the panel screws in, but I got a blink­ing sig­nal, mean­ing no RAM. I did get 1GB boot­ing per­fectly; one slot was shown empty but both were filled. The old mod­ules now give a blink­ing alert. My fo­cus is putting the boards in hard enough. Each boot at­tempt pro­duces a mild squeak with a mea­gre screen flash. Mike Bird That’s either the Late 2006 or the Mid 2007 model, which needs DDR2667, non-ECC RAM mod­ules, also of­ten sold as PC2-5300. To ac­cess the RAM, you re­move the bat­tery and undo the three screws hold­ing the me­tal bracket. The levers on each bay are only for eject­ing the mod­ules, by mov­ing them all the way left. Just push the new mod­ules in firmly. The socket is pretty stiff, but when the RAM is in prop­erly it should sit about 1mm in from the chas­sis’s edge. Watch this video to see what I mean: https://youtu.be/fkrLwqUFsMo.

If the mod­ule is the right way around (with the lit­tle notch to the left) it should be straight­for­ward. Sub-mil­lime­tre align­ment isn’t nec­es­sary; the mod­ule either makes elec­tri­cal con­tact with the socket or it doesn’t. If it still isn’t work­ing, one of the socket’s con­tacts may have been bent or dam­aged. Fix­ing it your­self would mean tak­ing the case off com­pletely to be able to see what you are do­ing.

Since 2012, the RAM in Mac­Books has been sol­dered onto the mother­board, so up­grad­ing it isn’t an op­tion.

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