Memory normally refers to RAM. Temporary, high-speed storage used to keep frequently accessed information available for use and helps keep the computer running smoothly

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Mavericks random hard freezes

I've got an old Macbook Pro 3.1 (Intel Core 2 Duo). Recently I've upgraded to Mavericks and since then I'm experiencing some frustrating random "hard freezes" (the mouse pointer just remains stuck, ...
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MBA upgrade worth it? [closed]

I am getting a mac book air 2014 for college use soon. I'll be using it for Photoshop, illustrator, dreamweaver(ughhhh) ms office and I'll be doing light Java Dev on the machine on the go too, ...
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Interpreting Weird Swap Issue

So the output of htop on my OSX 10.8.5 machine shows some less than desirable memory stats: And believe me, my computer is accordingly VERY slow, even though all I'm running are a few shell ...
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OS X - See memory usage per app?

Is there a way to see memory usage per app in OS X (I am using Mavericks)? (Edit: That is, I want to see the total memory consumed by each app, including its child processes.) The Activity Monitor ...
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16 gb RAM specs for mid 2012 macbook pro

I have a mid 2012 Macbook pro. I want to upgrade it to 16 GB -- I know Apple does not support this but is possible. I would appreciate it if someone can give me the specs of the RAM to order. ...
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How can I tell which apps are using up my graphics memory?

Sometimes my Macbook grinds to a halt due to the GPU's onboard memory getting full. (I know this because the CPU use, RAM use and disk use are all low, and because closing things like Chrome tabs and ...
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Macbook pro being slowed down ky kernal_tasks in Mavericks

I downloaded Mavericks when it first came out and it was no problem. Within the last week or so, my mac has become EXTREMELY slow. Solutions I have tried: -Resetting the PRAM/NVRAM -Resetting the SMC ...
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Why is my late 2013 iMac so slow?

For the last three months I have been more or less enjoying my new late 2013 21" iMac. I already have an early 2011 MBP, which is pretty maxed out with a 512GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, and still feels ...
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Mac pro late 2008 8 core can only see 1.9GB memory with Windows 7?

I have 14 GB physical memory. OSX Snow leopard sees it fine and Windows sees it but it reports only 1.99 available to Windows 7/32bit. My Macbook pro sees 3.99 GB in windows 7/32 bit. ??? I switched ...
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Can I upgrade RAM on an early 2014 Macbook Pro Retina?

I bought a Macbook Pro Retina (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) in April. It keeps freezing and about every 3 days, and I need to upgrade the RAM. Am I able to upgrade the RAM on this machine to 8GB or 16GB?
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My MBP keeps freezing

my mac had a keyboard problem and i had to change it. well i realised later that the "w" key behaves like its held so every time i have to deactivate it after turning the mac on with the virtual ...
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Advanced techniques to diagnose performance problems on OS X via DTrace or other means?

I am having some severe performance problem with my OS X workstation at the moment that is proving to be exceptionally elusive. I normally can hunt things down with a handful of tools such as top or ...
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RAM mismatch in macbook pro early 2011

I tried to put two 4GB sticks (OWC) in macbook pro early 2011 17 inch. Either of 4GB stick works with either of stock 2GB stick but both the 4GB sticks do not work.it causes kernel panic. firmware is ...
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Is there the way to resolve RAM problems?

I have Macbook Pro 13" Late 2011. It has 4GB RAM, i bought 2x8GB Corsair, CMSO8GX3M1A1333C9. It works cool in 98% of time, but when i play games or use very heavy apps like Photoshop, i always get ...
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Why would my Mac be slow after inactivity and then get to full speed after 20-30 minutes of use?

My Macbook appears to get slow after a period of inactivity and then get itself back to full speed after 20-30 minutes. While I have some ideas I'm wondering if anybody else has seen such behaviour ...
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Compatible RAM and SSD drive for macbook pro 2012 MD101

I want to help a friend upgrading her macbook pro macbook 2012 MD101 from 4GB RAM and HDD to 8GB RAM and SSD. Since I am not a mac guy myself, I need to ask you guys what is the compatible RAM ...
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Mac pro 2,1 boots up but won't restart?

I am very confused with this problem. So I just recently purchased a 8 core 3.0ghz Mac Pro 2,1 and I upgraded the memory with 16gbs of hynix ram, and everything worked great the computer was reading ...
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Graphics card confusion and pro apps

I'm doing a report and researching various Mac graphics cards and how they would work or not work with pro apps. I'm very confused by all of the terminology and specifications, so I hope I can ...
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What does “Vector 0xdd(TMR)” do and how can I fix a problem that I'm having with it?

I am currently having problems with kernal_task using ~2GB of RAM and looking at what advice exists I ran sysdiagnose and in powermeterics.txt I found that Vector 0xdd(TMR) was doing ~20,000 ...
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Is 8gb of RAM in one memory slot possible for a mid-2009 2.53GHz MacBookPro5,4?

I have a mid-2009 2.53GHz MacBookPro5,4 and recently bank 1 stopped recognizing any ram installed in the slot (similar to this issue https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4263981). I originally ...
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Is 4GB of RAM enough for a new Retina MBP? [closed]

Today I have a new rMBP (bottom of the range latest MBP with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD) coming and I've just found out that annoyingly they have an upgraded model out just £100 more than I paid, with 8GB ...
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Upgraded RAM, Bootcamp doesn't recognize

I have a Macbook 13' i5 early 2011, with Windows 8 64 bits and recently I bought new RAM kit from Crucial (8gb). After I installed the hardware, the windows OS doesn't recognize all 8GB, like the ...
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Can this RAM work with iMac 2010?

http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Information-Ddr3-So-dimm-jm1333ksn-2g/dp/B007I5CMGK It said it is a 2gb Ddr3 1333 So-dimm, is iMac support all Ddr3 1333 So-dimm?
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Memory loss via Screenflow and FCPX

I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro, OSX 10.9.4, 2.66 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 16 Gb 1067 MHz DDR3, 320 Gb ram split 260 Gb Mac, 60 Gb Bootcamp windows 7, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1, Screenflow 4.5.2 with an ...
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Will downloading LaTeX slow down my MacBook Air considerably?

I've begun downloading LaTeX and the download is 2GB. My MacBook Air has a 4GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 memory and a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Will this large download have any impact of the long-term ...
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Can I upgrade RAM on late 2013 retina Mac Book Pro?

Do the late 2013 models (13" - (ME864, ME865, ME866), 15" - (ME293, ME294)) support RAM upgrades?
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Max Memory for Macbook Pro

I'm planning on buying a new Macbook this fall. I fail to order more than 16GB RAM for any mobile device, but I remember that previously, with smaller memory limits, some machines would inofficially ...
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Upgrading a 2010 Macbook pro

I have a 17" Macbook Pro, mid 2010, with a 2.66 GHz core i7. It has 4GB of memory and a 500 GB sata hard drive (5400 rpm). With this specification, if I have to update one and only one part of my ...
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iMac (mid-2010) RAM upgrade issue

I recently upgraded an iMac to 16 GB of RAM using 1600 MHz clock speed sticks. It worked fine, but I came to find I was supposed to install 1333 MHz sticks instead. So I tried switching the current ...
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How to check how much RAM a program uses?

Is there any recommended way of checking for this? There is another thread: How do I find how much disk space a program is occupying? I ask this question because I was under the impression that ...
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Freezing and 3 beep sounds

I have MacBook Pro (2011 model). Everytime I open my personal account (which is Admin one), the laptop freeze after 2 to 3 minutes regardless of the application that I am using. I need to shut it down ...
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Is there any way to use fullHD monitor with macbook (NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB)

I'm trying to use fullHD monitor with my Macbook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010). Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB, Software: OS X ...
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RAM for late 2008 Macbook?

I'm looking to upgrade the RAM in my late 2008 Macbook, see the spec below. A few people have mentioned getting Crucial RAM but I'm unsure of what specific RAM to get and what the limit is. Or if ...
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macbook pro 13" (2010) - adding more ram [duplicate]

Can I put 16gb ram into my Macbook Pro 2010 dual core 2.4ghz, when the manufacturers state it has an 8gb maximum?
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Kernel and Installer HUGE RAM usage

I just realised why my computer getting so slower. I have 8 GB of RAM and usage of kernel is 4,5 GB and the process called Installer taking 1,5 GB, and all that with only finder running! Do I need ...
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activity monitor – “0 bytes” swap used always reported

Whenever my system gets slow, I open Activity Monitor to check my RAM usage and close any apps that are consuming a lot of memory, but that I don't absolutely need to be running. RAM usage is always ...
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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid ...
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is iPhone 5S 2-times faster than iPhone 5 at Graphics Task (like Gaming) due to 64-bit CPU?

Phil Schiller talked about "iPhone 5S" This is the first-ever 64-bit processor in a phone of any kind. I don’t think the other guys are even talking about it yet. Why go through all this? The ...
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Macbook Pro Order of RAM Loading

This may be a silly question because I'm not fully sure how RAM works and is loaded, however I'm trying to figure out a potential configuration here. I have two RAM sticks that are both spec matched ...
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does iPhone4 run 2-time faster than iPhone 3GS since iPhone4's memory is 2-time bigger than iPhone 3GS's one

I have never tried any iPhone, but want to research about it. Apple said that "iPhone 3GS" is 2-time faster than "iPhone 2G" since 3GS' memory is 256 MB eDRAM & thus is twice as big as 3G's (128 ...
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how to upgrade my Hard drive on MacBook pro

I have a MacBook pro version 10.9.3 with 2.9 GHz Intel core i7 processor. 8GB of ram and a 750GB HD. I'm running windows through parallels and allocated 4GM of memory to it and a used my bootcamp ...
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kernel_task consuming a lot of memory, can't finish my computations

I am running a computational process that requires several GBs of memory. When my process consumes about 11Gbs, Activity Monitor shows me that kernel_task consumes more than 20Gbs thus making my ...
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is 4gb enough in 2014?

I have te possibility to get a 13'' 2013 MBA with i5 and 4gb of Ram for 200$ less than the habitual sell price. The only problem is I can't have more ram, it's 4gb or nothing. My question is : will ...
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Does RAM Disk Improve OS X Performance?

I stumbled this article explaining how mounting RAM disk can improve OS X performance up to 40× which of course is just a a hyperbole. My question is whether the suggestion made by them valid for ...
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Macbook pro early 2013 throws contents RAM away

I have a MacBook Pro early 2013, running OSX mavericks and filevault(encryption) is enabled. After a (I suspect) update, the locking behavior has been different. When the screen gets locked ...
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Excel error : “Not enough memory”

A friend of mine just bought an MBA. He installed Office 2011 in order to work mainly with Excel. As he opened one of his file (6.5MB - multiple sheets - company logo - no graphs) and wanted to save ...
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Possibility of allocating memory into different applications - Activity monitor or a 3rd party source

Is there a possibility to allocate different amounts of memory into a certain application, or prioritize that application to receive more memory. I am almost positive you cannot do this task with ...
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After downloading file installer process runs and uses all memory

When I download a file from the internet a process starts with name "installer" and uses all the available memory until my Mac crashes. It's not related to the browser — I tested with Chrome and ...
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Will upgrading RAM on my Macbook Pro significantly improve speed?

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13, 2.5 GHZ, non-retina, with 4 GB RAM, running Mavericks. I occasionally get the swirling beach ball when running various applications, such as XCode and iPhoto (not ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...