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Accessing the RAM requires the removal of the internal frame.

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  1. Power down your Mac mini, disconnect all of the cables, and flip it over. Insert the Jimmy into the crack between the aluminum top housing and the plastic lower housing.
    • Power down your Mac mini, disconnect all of the cables, and flip it over.

    • Insert the Jimmy into the crack between the aluminum top housing and the plastic lower housing.

    • The Jimmy should reach a stop about 3/8" down.

  2. Gently bend the Jimmy outwards to pry the crack open a little larger and lift the lower housing up a small amount. There are several plastic clips on the lower housing that fit into a channel in the aluminum top housing. Your goal is to use the Jimmy to push these clips inward enough to free them from the channel, while gently pulling up on the lower housing. There are several plastic clips on the lower housing that fit into a channel in the aluminum top housing. Your goal is to use the Jimmy to push these clips inward enough to free them from the channel, while gently pulling up on the lower housing.
    • Gently bend the Jimmy outwards to pry the crack open a little larger and lift the lower housing up a small amount.

    • There are several plastic clips on the lower housing that fit into a channel in the aluminum top housing. Your goal is to use the Jimmy to push these clips inward enough to free them from the channel, while gently pulling up on the lower housing.

  3. Once you have the first side free, rotate the Mac mini and start prying up on the front edge. Use the same prying motion to both bend the clips inward and lift the lower housing up out of the top housing.
    • Once you have the first side free, rotate the Mac mini and start prying up on the front edge.

    • Use the same prying motion to both bend the clips inward and lift the lower housing up out of the top housing.

  4. You may need to move the Jimmy along the edge to pry up all of the clips. Be patient and do a little bit at a time. You may need to move the Jimmy along the edge to pry up all of the clips. Be patient and do a little bit at a time.
    • You may need to move the Jimmy along the edge to pry up all of the clips. Be patient and do a little bit at a time.

  5. Keep working around the perimeter, freeing the clips along the final edge. Keep working around the perimeter, freeing the clips along the final edge.
    • Keep working around the perimeter, freeing the clips along the final edge.

  6. Flip the Mac mini back over and lift the top housing off of the lower housing. Flip the Mac mini back over and lift the top housing off of the lower housing.
    • Flip the Mac mini back over and lift the top housing off of the lower housing.

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  8. Later in this guide you will remove several recessed Phillips screws. Bit drivers are generally too large to fit in the recesses, so be sure to have a thin shafted Phillips screwdriver on hand. First remove the AirPort antenna (the larger of the two), located near the power button. Slightly squeeze the two retaining arms toward each other and lift the AirPort antenna off its post.
    • Later in this guide you will remove several recessed Phillips screws. Bit drivers are generally too large to fit in the recesses, so be sure to have a thin shafted Phillips screwdriver on hand.

    • First remove the AirPort antenna (the larger of the two), located near the power button.

    • Slightly squeeze the two retaining arms toward each other and lift the AirPort antenna off its post.

    • Squeezing the two posts excessively will surely break them off the internal frame. Work delicately.

    • During reinstallation, you will have to slightly squeeze the two posts together so they fit into the openings on the AirPort antenna board.

  9. Use the tip of a spudger to slightly lift the left side of the ZIF cable lock up from its socket. The ZIF cable lock will lift about 1 mm and stop. Do not try to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to slightly lift the left side of the ZIF cable lock up from its socket.

    • The ZIF cable lock will lift about 1 mm and stop. Do not try to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

  10. Lift the audio board ribbon cable up out of its socket.
    • Lift the audio board ribbon cable up out of its socket.

    • If it refuses to lift from its socket, the ZIF cable lock is not fully released. Make sure it is evenly lifted about 1 mm from the socket on the interconnect board.

  11. Rotate the mini so that the SuperDrive slot loading mechanism is facing you. Use a pair of tweezers to lift the hard drive thermal sensor cable connector up off its socket on the logic board.
    • Rotate the mini so that the SuperDrive slot loading mechanism is facing you.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the hard drive thermal sensor cable connector up off its socket on the logic board.

    • Use tweezers to grab the connector (as seen in the picture), not the wires.

    • The connector is located under the optical drive opening, next to the PRAM battery.

  12. In the next few steps, you will remove the four Phillips screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case. Included in each step is an overview picture showing the general location and a closeup showing the actual screw. Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the power button securing the internal frame to the bottom housing.
    • In the next few steps, you will remove the four Phillips screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case. Included in each step is an overview picture showing the general location and a closeup showing the actual screw.

    • Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the power button securing the internal frame to the bottom housing.

  13. Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the sleep light securing the internal frame to the bottom housing. This screw is the longest of the four screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case.
    • Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the sleep light securing the internal frame to the bottom housing.

    • This screw is the longest of the four screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case.

  14. Remove the Phillips screw from the internal frame near the Bluetooth antenna. Remove the Phillips screw from the internal frame near the Bluetooth antenna.
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the internal frame near the Bluetooth antenna.

  15. Remove the Phillips screw near the audio ports securing the internal frame to the bottom case. Remove the Phillips screw near the audio ports securing the internal frame to the bottom case.
    • Remove the Phillips screw near the audio ports securing the internal frame to the bottom case.

  16. Gently lift the internal frame up from the bottom housing, minding the AirPort antenna and any other cables that may get caught. It may be necessary to pull up near the interconnect board to separate it from the logic board.
    • Gently lift the internal frame up from the bottom housing, minding the AirPort antenna and any other cables that may get caught.

    • It may be necessary to pull up near the interconnect board to separate it from the logic board.

  17. Simultaneously pull the tabs on each side of the RAM chip away from the center of the chip. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up. Simultaneously pull the tabs on each side of the RAM chip away from the center of the chip. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
    • Simultaneously pull the tabs on each side of the RAM chip away from the center of the chip. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  18. Pull the RAM chip directly out from its connector.
    • Pull the RAM chip directly out from its connector.

    • If there are two RAM chips installed, repeat the above procedure for the second chip.

Conclusión

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

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As a quick warning for noobs (that'd be me before I attempted this repair :P ), you need a matching pair of RAM (two chips the same size and spec). Otherwise, the computer won't boot up. ^_^

Skylar MacDonald - Contestar

There were 2x 1GB chips in my 2007 mini. I bought 1x 2GB chip, because I read somewhere that model only would allow 3GB. After replacing a 1GB chip with the new 2GB chip, the system is only showing 1GB RAM installed. Is this what you’re talking about? If I buy another 2GB chip, will it work? PC2-5300 2 GB RAM Chip

Jeff Box -

Thanks a lot, 1Gb -> 4Gb is done !

Eric Seigne - Contestar

This was easier than it looked, the only thing I had trouble with was getting the cover off (tried to use a flexible palette knife, bad idea) and getting the little sensor plug back in (it's SO tiny.) Oh, and one screw I had trouble getting back into the hidden recessed hole because my screwdriver isn't magnetized.

Speaking of which, size of screwdriver matters, I bought a set with a size 0 and size 000, but no 00, neither worked. Fortunately I had one of those cheap eyeglass repair kits, and the Phillips screwdriver worked perfectly.

Alexa - Contestar

Thank you so much iFixit! Very nice guide. Followed and worked like a charm. Keep up the good info coming!

Eddie Abner - Contestar

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