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Problems installing RAM card

I'm trying to install a 1GB memory card into my ibook G4 (late 2005 model) but it is requiring an unusual amount of force to insert the card in the expansion slot, in addition to simply not inserting properly (or at all). I'm getting really nervous that the memory card is going to snap in half or something, or that I'm scratching the card itself, so was wondering if someone could speak to how hard I should be forcing the card. The top corner is fitting but the bottom half isn't, almost to the point that I'm beginning to think the card is too big. The "geeks" at best buy recommended this kingston model and I've done extensive troubleshooting online that has assured me that the card is the appropriate size - both in dimension and memory size. The little metal brackets around where the card should be installed are also proving incredibly problematic - despite that the memory card has a pair of cut-outs seemingly meant to enable the card to be installed without snagging on these clips - even when I have the card tilted at the appropriate "30 degree angle" as directed by the diagram provided underneath the keyboard by Apple. Can someone please offer some advice! Thanks!

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Have you installed any RAM into this iBook Before? One way to double check that you have the correct RAM is to take the one out that is alreay in there and line them up and see if the width and height are the same. Critical is to see if the little grove is in exactly the same place, when you have the two sticks of RAM lined up with the Pins facing each other and the edges of the RAM also line up.

When installing the RAM the angle should be about 30 degrees, and when the pin edge of the RAM has slotted in out of view lower the angle of the RAM and as you continue to push it in level the RAM out. It does require a 'little' force, but nothing to break it. When push home all the way you should be able to flatten it out so the clips that hold it in place engage, if it is a little tight take it out and try again. Should this work put it together and try it out. When you have started up the unit look to see if the new RAM is registered in the 'About this Mac' under the Apple menu. If not the RAM is not sitting right in the slot. Open again and push it home. Should only be a Milimetre or so.

Let me know if this works or you need further help.

Good Luck

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