I just received 2x 4gb corsair 204 pin pc3-10600 ram sticks for my iMac 27" mid 2011. I put them in and turned it on and received 3 short beeps, a pause, and repeat, which I think is the ram integrity error. I ended up taking out the ram that came with the machine (2x 2gb elpida pc3-10600 sticks) and then in worked. Why is this machine not accepting all 4 sticks together? I though you could put in unmatching ram without any problems. Any ideas?

  • did you try any other configurations? mixed or 3 sticks by any chance? Sep 25, 2014 at 22:35
  • iMac (Mid 2011) models, use 2 GB or 4 GB RAM SO-DIMMs of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM in each slot.--as per support.apple.com/kb/HT1423#4
    – Ruskes
    Sep 25, 2014 at 23:42

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The mid-2011 iMac uses 4 - 204-pin PC3-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM, so it seems that you've purchased the correct memory. The most likely cause of the problems you're seeing are improperly inserted- or faulty RAM. It can help to blow out the memory slots with compressed air and ensure that the RAM does not have grease or grime on any of the contacts prior to installation.

One method of debugging these problems is to try varying combinations of the RAM to determine which (if any) of the sticks is faulty. Try booting to 3 sticks and swap around. If one of the SO-DIMMs is faulty, you should be able to determine which it is and exchange it for another module.

  • It turns out one of the sticks is faulty and causing the RAM integrity beeping to trigger. I will send it back and hopefully have more luck the second time. Thanks for your answer!
    – Deadums
    Sep 26, 2014 at 15:57
  • Glad you got it sorted! Sep 27, 2014 at 2:10

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