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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Will the new 2015 “MacBook” be able to run VMs effectively? Windows especially

I currently use a 2Ghz i7 x 8gb Memory 2013 MacAir. With this I am able to effectively run a windows 8 VM running Visual Studio Professional and other developement apps simultaneously, or Ubuntu and ...
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$400 for 16 GB of RAM? [on hold]

I'm a big Apple fan, but hesitant about their RAM pricing practices. I would have purchased a new Mac Mini by now, but literally half the price is memory if I configure it to have the maximum RAM ...
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My iPad camera roll says it is using 7.5 gb after all pics have been deleted for weeks

Please help me. I have deleted apps and photos to get memory on my iPad, and it still says I have 0gb left. It has been a couple of weeks. All photos have been deleted from the 'recently deleted' ...
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How can I deactivate bad RAM regions on a Macbook Pro (Retina 13")?

Is there a way to deactivate bad RAM regions on a Macbook Pro Retina 13"? I was not able to update my Mac to OS X 10.10.3. Complete reinstall was also not successful. I ran diagnostics and memtest86, ...
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Yosemite and Parallels

I was wondering if adding more RAM would help the stalls and poor performance of a mid-2011 iMac. It was working great until I upgraded to Yosemite and the newer Parallels.
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Macbook Pro Hangs/Freezes sometimes

I don't turn off my MacBook Pro very often, and sometimes it just freezes and restarts itself after a few seconds. Its very annoying, especially when I'm working on something. I contacted support a ...
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Does a Corsair CMSO8GX3M1C1600C11 RAM works on a MBP mid 2012?

Does a Corsair CMSO8GX3M1C1600C11 RAM works on a MBP mid 2012? I know Corsair has mac compatible memory sticks but this one I mention is the only one I can get at my location. From what I see the ...
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Why am I so short on physical memory?

My computer is getting old (almost 6 years old I think) and is becoming increasingly slow. The past few week were pretty bad and I am now realizing that my computer is continuously short on physical ...
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Temporarily disabling RAM to mimic a lower spec machine?

I've got two 2009 Macbooks. One has 4 gigs of RAM and runs os 10.10; one has 2 gigs and runs os 10.5. I'm considering upgrading the latter machine to Yosemite (10.10), but I'm worried that it will ...
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Slow indexing and/or hashing in nearly low memory in OSX

I have observed slow indexing and/or hashing in OSX which are expressed in the SSD disc which is nearly full (about 5% free space). This bug has been reported to me to exist in earlier OSXs too so ...
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Apps still in Activity Monitor after being closed?

Everytime I open up Firefox and Photoshop CS on my macbook and close them up via the X button at the top left corner of their windows, their windows close but my macbook still lags and shows my memory ...
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force quit keyboard shortcut not working

While I can choose "force quit" from the Finder, I cannot: Choose Force Quit from the Apple menu, or press Command-Option-Esc (this is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC). ...
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Discoveryd & LaunchServicesd Huge Memory Consumption

I have been troubleshooting why my Mac Mini is running slow and stumbled upon this: The memory usage is in the GB! On my MacBook the two processes take under 10 MB together. Why are these procs ...
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My RAM was bad (“three beeps” bad) until shuffled

I've got an early 2011 13" i7 MBP, OS X 10.10.3 (the public beta version before the one released last night) with 10 GB of RAM – one of the original 2 GB modules in the bottom slot and an 8 GB module ...
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Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much VRAM and CPU?

Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much (32.56 GB) virtual RAM and CPU (up to 122.41% apparently)? More interestingly, how can I prevent it from doing so? I am running this MacBook Pro with 4GB ...
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How to investigate high kernel task memory usage?

I was using my MBP (with 16GB of RAM) as usual and out of blue I've this popup that: Your system has run out of application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications ...
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How to solve Yosemite massive memory leak?

I am experiencing a massive memory leak in Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C2513). I have 16 GB of RAM and the used memory rise to circa 15 GB in ~3 hours. Top applications usage is relatively low, circa 200 MB ...
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How to disable disk cache in Yosemite

My MacBook constantly freezes because of using all RAM (8GB). The disk cache seems to be the cause. The command sudo purge only helps a little bit. In some older versions of OS X, my MacBook worked ...
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16G memory or an SSD to upgrade a Macbook? [duplicate]

I'm deciding on whether to spend the money to upgrade my RAM or add an SSD to my Macbook Pro. Here's the stats... Early 2011 MacBookPro8,1 i7 2.7Ghz 8G RAM STBD1000400 Seagate Hybrid 1TB drive I ...
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Process: kernel_task over 700mb memory

Anyone knows how do I solve high memory consumption of the process "kernel_task" ? I tried to delete .plist files from folder bellow, but the problem still continue My Mac: Macmini6,1 ...
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Using 2133 ram on mid macbook 2012

To be more specific, i'm thinking on buying this ram for my mid 2012 macbook pro. According to this post it seems possible to run 2133, though i'm still not sure if it's really running 2133 and would ...
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Ridiculously slow MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (I think mid 2012). About three months ago it started running really slow, so I renstalled the OS with a recovery partition. For a few weeks it ran very well with an overall very ...
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MacBook Pro is slow, will adding RAM help?

I have an early 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I have used it a lot and at the moment and for a while now it is quite slow. I need to use various applications like Mathematica (for which it is quite slow if I ...
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Macbook Pro 13 in, 16GB Ram, i7 3.1, 512 GB Flash Storage Purchase [closed]

I recently purchased the Macbook Pro 13 in (Early 2015) model, with specs in the title. I was wondering if this is good purchase for a power user who does software engineering, UI / UX Design, ...
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MBP with Serial ATA hard drive vs PCIe-based flash storage

I am not sure how much logical my question is but I am planing to purchase MBP for the first time and looking at the options I have in place, I am all confused. I am looking at these 2 options ...
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Upgrade RAM or switch to SSD? [closed]

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro (2.4Ghz) with 4GB of RAM (2x2) and a 250GB hard drive that's about 85% full. It's been running pretty sluggishly lately even for basic tasks. It is 5 years old, but a new ...
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Confusion about recommended clock speed

Recently I have been facing issues with multitasking with my Macbook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) and decided to upgrade my RAM. Now, my laptop currently has 2-2GB DDR3 1333 MHz for a total of 4GB. I ...
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Can I add different size RAMs to iMac 5K?

I have an iMac Retina 5K (27-inch, Late 2014) with 8 GB of RAM (2 * 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory modules). There are 2 memory slots free/available, and I want to add RAM to these two slots. My ...
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What is the maximum memory limit for a MacBook mid-2010 with the latest EFI and SMC updates?

According to Apple, the mid-2010 MacBook (not MacBook Pro) will support a maximum of 4GB of memory. I am seeing some references like this one which indicate that the latest SMC and EFI updates allow ...
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OS X: Memory usage freaking me out

I know, OS X 10.10 memory management knows what it does, it is good, you shouldn't question it. But this, I do not understand. I have 16 GB of RAM, 6 GB used, plus 2.5 GB app-cache, 1 GB file-cache ...
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vm_compressor=VM_PAGER_DEFAULT in Yosemite caused freeze when physical memory was full

The memory compression caused frequently lag so I tried turning it off by using the command sudo nvram boot-args="vm_compressor=1" The lag was gone but I got crashing freeze when I opened some ...
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Why is softwareupdated taking up all my memory?

The process softwareupdated seems to be taking up way too much memory. It can take up to 400 MB RAM sometimes. I can't nail down what is causing this to happen, so I've been watching my console ...
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Power Mac G5 doesn't boot/black screen

I have a Power Mac G5 (Model No: A1047 EMC 1969C). My problem is that it doesn't properly boot anymore when powered up. When I'll press the power button, the white LED next to the button will ...
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softwareupdated using 350MB+ of memory, is this a problem? How can I get it to use less?

I'm running Yosemite with the latest updates. softwareupdated is using approximately 380MB of memory. That seems quite high to me. Is that normal? Is that indicative of a problem? Does ...
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OS X crashes “No memory”, but much of it free

I was running a Python code which may have increased the need for memory. Anyhow, the following happened, and I feel it should not. I have 16 GB memory and it shows only 3 GB allocated to Python ...
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Course of action to clean up RAM on sluggish mac

Below is an EtreCheck report on my system. My problem is that I have <3 GB or 2.5 GB even after a reboot, with relatively few menu bar applications starting up. (This drops to 20-300 MB once Chrome ...
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Would adding RAM to 2009 imac improve performance

Since I upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard, my 24 inch 2009 2.93 Ghz imac has been quite slow. It's slow to open up programs and slow in general. Currently the imac only has the 4Gb of RAM that ...
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Poor sluggish performance after upgrading to Yosemite

I am facing very sluggish performance in my MacBook Pro after I upgraded it to Yosemite. Mine is 8GB, i7 mid 2012 system. Usually I find my unused RAM <25MB even if I work in terminal, say around ...
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Use Ram as graphics memory 5k imac

My graphics memory (4gb) is getting eaten up by my 3 or 4 apps that are open. Is there any way to allow the graphics card to use free RAM instead of swap memory? The second the graphics card dips ...
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High memory usage on MacBook PRO retina 16Gb i7 2,5ghz

I'm using a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 16Gb Processor 2,5 Ghz Intel Core i7 Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 Mb OS: OS X Yoseminte v10.10.2 I'm having a problem with my ram. I think its eating too much ...
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Locate webpage processes (to kill them when reach memory limit)

Lately I'm suffering memory issues on Safari. Every few time the opened webpages start eating memory. See the example image. I'm thinking of creating a script to kill those webpages when reach a ...
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Computer Keeps Crashing After Replacing RAM

Recently I replaced my RAM in my Mid 2009 iMac. I replaced the current RAM with 2 x 4 Gb. sticks of RAM. However, now that I replaced the RAM, my computer has started to randomly crash often although ...
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IMac Early 2009 Restarting after RAM Upgrade

My IMac is from early 2009 and currently is running Maveriks OSX and has 2 gb. of RAM installed. I then purchased 2 x 4 GB. strips of RAM that were manufactured by PNY. Specifically, DDR3 RAM that is ...
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Running Xcode 6 on 2009 iMac

I currently have Yosemite on my Early 2009 iMac. This iMac has a 2 GHz CPU and 2 GB of ram. However, whenever I try to run Xcode 6 on this Mac, it is slow-very slow. When monitoring my cpu, it hovers ...
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How to Determine What's Using Filling GPU's Video Memory?

I have a system with integrated graphics to which OS X has assigned 1.5gb (out of 16gb) of RAM, however iStat Menus is currently reporting this at around 95% full, even though I'm not currently ...
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Intel Core 2 Duo and Yosemite

I have a iMac circa 2009/2010 running a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with 2GB RAM installed. If I was to upgrade to Yosemite, even with an upgrade to 8GB RAM, would this be enough to run Yosemite well? ...
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Slow Computer Question

I use a Mid-2011 iMac 21.5" (with 4 users on it). I have noticed that the computer is runs quite slow when I am the only one logged in. The only applications I typically have open at once are Xcode, ...
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Wired memory in activity monitor

Activity monitor shows me that I have 11Gb wired but only 5Gb used for 2 processes (others are neglible). Where are other 6GB? When I try to start new virtual machine with 500M RAM it says that I do ...
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Is it okay to install a second RAM chip?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with a recently replaced logic board and SSD upgrade. I haven't yet upgraded the RAM. Currently, RAM is 4GB, one slot, Apple RAM (whichever manufacturer they use). I am ...
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Why do the Image Capture Extension and softwareupdated processes consume so much memory?

I recently updated my 2008 MB Pro (2 GB RAM) to Yosemite from 10.6 and I've found that it's often unusably slow. After keeping an eye on Activity Monitor over a couple weeks, I notice that the Image ...