512mb RAM sticks not working in iMac G3

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003
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I have a 600MHz 2001 G3 graphite slot loading imac, and I have two matched sticks of 512mb 168-pin 133mhz sdram. They are brand new. They refuse to work in my iMac. No matter if I have one or both of them installed, no matter which one I use, or which slot I use, when I power on the iMac I just get a black screen, and a single loud beep. And the power light is flashes in a really strange, drunk way. These are the ram sticks I got:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290097112741&rd=1&rd=1

Can anybody please help me?

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The auction you linked to spe

The auction you linked to specifically states "It is not for Apple Mac Machine.".

I would try and return them or maybe swap or sell them to a peecee user. It looks like tou got the RAM pretty cheap so It shoulnd't be too hard to get your $$ back out of them.

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003
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Awwww crap I missed that part

Awwww crap I missed that part about not for apple mac. Crap crap crap. Well at least I can return them.

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Re: Awwww crap I missed that part

003 wrote:

Awwww crap I missed that part about not for apple mac. Crap crap crap. Well at least I can return them.

Probably why it sold for a low price. If you use the PC RAM section you can get much better deals than in the Apple section of eBay, but you have to be careful.

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The second giveaway

... that the RAM was not for you, after 'It is not for Apple Mac Machine.' was the description as 'high-density'. SDRAM for the slot-loading CRT iMacs needs to have 16 chips on each card if the total for a card is either 256 or 512MB. You can get away with 8 chips only with 128MB and under. Those same Macs can also be picky about quality, so look for name-brand cards and chips.

And another caveat is that late in the production of PC133 cards, not all were back-compatible with PC100, a production shortcut undertaken in the light of a 'dying' market.

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