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Hi Everyone,

I was hoping someone could help me with an issue I have been having with the Apple Hardware Test. I currently have:

MacBook Pro
2.16GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB Ram
X1600 Video

The Error: 4MEM/4/4000000000

I just recently installed a 1GB Ram stick from OCZ bought new, it is MacBook Ram, it is 200 Pin 667Mhz. Mac OS X runs fine, I have never had a crash what so ever with this RAM, everything works great. I decided one day to run the Apple Hardware Test and it fails, when I take the RAM out it passes.

Now, this could be Apple just being picky because it is not Apple Generic RAM or is this RAM really defective? The status on the RAM in the system profiler says "Ok" and it detects when it is in just fine.

Any recommendations?
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The hardware test will test the entire stick. Probably haven't had it fail in use yet because the area of the RAM that is bad hasn't been put into use in real world yet.

I would ask for a replacement. But to test it out, would load a gob of programs, video etc., open up Activity Monitor and you can tell how much free space you have left to see when/if it crashes.

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bobtomay is correct. I had that same thing happen with a 1GB stick on my iMac G5. Worked fine at first then when memory got all used up it hit the bad area and BAM, Kernel Panic. Hardware test failed every time with that stick in. Took it out and it passed and no more Kernel Panics even with all memory used. Bought a new stick and it's fine no matter what I do. I am sure there is something wrong with that RAM. I would return it as defective and get another stick.
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And OCZ has built themselves a pretty good name in some of the overclocking community. Don't think they'll give you a hard time.

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yep, the memory is bad you should return it. ocz should have lifetime warantee on their ram.

dont buy ram without a lifetime warantee
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Okay, going to have to wait till Monday. Thanks guys.
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