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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Kernel Panic El Capitan 10.11.2 4MEM/60

The machine: late 2011 15in MacBook Pro i7 Sandybridge 2.2 GHz 8 GB/8 GB (1333MHz,DDR3) = 16 GB RAM Intel HD graphics 3000 512MB The background: I have had this Mac for awhile now. I have dropped ...
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Reboot an Application when it Takes too Much Memory

Some applications start off with small memory footprints, but slowly grow to take up way too much RAM. Is there a way I can automatically detect when an app reaches a certain threshold, and then kill ...
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My iPhone storage space is never released

I have an iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage, out of which approximately 3GB are taken by the operating system. I've always had issues with running out of space, notwithstanding the very few things I ...
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Mail memory usage?

I'm seeing massive RAM usage from Mail I removed all mail accounts as I assumed it was something in an inbox taking up space, but even then, with no accounts other than iCloud (which contains zero ...
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Can I run a program with ≥ 512mb of VRAM required?

I have a MacBook pro 13-inch, mid 2010. I recently installed 8GB of RAM. I understand that the NVIDIA that is installed (NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB) uses shared graphics memory. Does this means that ...
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GDDR5 vs DDR3 card in a Mac Pro for GUI responsiveness

I'm wondering if we have somebody here who can provide an insight on quite specific question: will GDDR5 memory type translate in really better GUI speed on OS X (say latest 10.11) than DDR3 type of ...
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After Installing El Capitan I Will be Logged Out Frequently

MacPro late 2009 with 3 monitors. OSX 10.11.1 Will run great on 1 monitor without screen/system freeze or logouts. At times it is an instant logout, other times, the primary monitor freezes, or is ...
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MacBook Pro 13-Inch Retina Mid-2014 slowing down badly

Recently I started facing issues with the web surfing and some features in the Mac OS X. For the most of the web surfing I use Google Chrome, and a few websites like Facebook lag a bit on my ...
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RAM compatibility between MacBook Pros

I was hoping someone could help me determine if the original RAM from my mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro could be put into my mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro? here are the specs of the original RAM 2x 2GB RAM ...
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eapolclient process using 30GB of memory?

I’m using a brand new Retina MacBook Pro, 15-inch, Mid 2015 running OSX 10.11.1 with 16GB RAM. I received a low memory warning, asking me to close unused applications. When I checked Activity ...
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Late 2009 Macbook - Has Anyone Tried 16GB of Ram?

Just curious if anyone has tried maxing out the ram on a late 2009 Macbook (white, not pro) to 16GB running El Capitan or Yosemite? Everymac's page states that the max is 8GB. Why not 16GB? ...
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Swap Used when there is unused Physical Memory

I'm running on OSX Yosemite and notice that although there is 7 GB of memory unused, there is still 130 MB of memory used for swap. Are any apps actually using swap space, which I assume resides on ...
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MacBook Pro (Late 2008) 8GB RAM not being used

I have the following: - MacBook Pro (Late 2008) - MacBookPro5,1 - Boot ROM: MBP51.007E.B06. - OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 I upgraded RAM from 2GB to 8GB 1067MHz DDR3. The system recognizes the 8GB ...
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How do you remedy iMac (2009) slow start-up, and sluggish performance?

here are my system details: OS X El Capitan - gold iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 12 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 I have reduced startup to 1 or 2 apps, have at least 75GB avail on 500GB ...
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2010 Macbook Pro suddenly crashing

So for the past few months my computer has been crashing randomly. Recently it's been more frequent, so I thought it's time to get a real fix. My computer never crashed before I got an external ...
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Identifying bottlenecks

In any computer, there is a bottleneck. The processor, the amount of memory, the bus to the hard drive, etc. I just ordered a 2010 MacPro, 12 core, and although the 12*3.33 GHz cores should give me ...
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screensharind using 5GB of Memory in Yosemite

My OSX system suddenly slowed down as I was using it, so I opened Activity Monitor to check whats causing it. Is it normal for screensharingd to be using 5GB of memory? I'm not connecting to the ...
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Upgraded iMac 5k restarts randomly

I have a very frustrating problem and I need your guys help to fix it. I bought an imac 5k that I upgraded it's CPU, HDD, RAM. This is my second one i have upgraded and the second one that keeps ...
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How to Fix, iCloud.exe using more than 1GB RAM memory?

I noticed it few days back after I installed/ upgraded latest iCloud setup after upgrading to iTunes 12.3.0.4 to go to iOS 9.x. Figured it was a freak incident, so after the last sync yesterday ...
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How to use the rest of my 4GB of RAM?

I have a Late 2006 iMac running OS X Lion 10.7.5 with 4GB of RAM, however OS X is software limited to only addressing 3GB of the 4GB installed. I know in Windows when running a 32bit Windows OS with ...
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Optimal Memory Layout for Late 2015 iMac

I purchased an additional 2 8GB ram sticks for my iMac. My intent was to upgrade the original 8GB (from Apple) to a total of 24GB. When I opened the back, I noticed Apple had installed a 4GB slot ...
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MacBook Pro problem with screen freeze

My MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 worked perfectly, but last days it has many lags (screen freeze with or without artifacts/shaders). After force shutdown it beeps 3 times and after approximately 10 minutes ...
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Adding RAM memory to my 2011 iMac [duplicate]

I am adding more RAM memory to my 2011 21-inch iMac. It currently has two 2 GB memory cards. Can I leave those two cards in place and simply add two new 4 GB memory cards, or do I need to remove the ...
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Macbook Pro Mid 2012 Ram frequency support

I have Macbook Pro mid-2012 with 4 gb ram, all the sites are saying that it supports 1600Mhz Ram module however my about this mac page says otherwise I am not sure which one is the right one.
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How to get a notification when I exceed a set amount of RAM?

I've got 10GB of RAM in my 13" early 2011 MBP running the latest OS X 10.11.1 public beta, and I've been trying to decide if I can tolerate the 8GB model when I get a new computer. The answer to that ...
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iMac 27 3.2 GHz core i5 [late 2013] memory upgrade

I'm thinking to upgrade memory on my iMac 27 3.2 GHz core i5 [late 2013]. It has currently built-in 8GB [4GB x 2] RAM. My questions are: 1] Can I upgrade RAM by simply adding 16GB [8GB x 2] in two ...
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I only have 2.48 GB of 8 GB RAM available on my Mac after I installed Windows 10

My iMac (iMac12,2) has a pair of 4 GB memory for 8 GB total. It shows up in OS X. Booting to Windows 10 (64-bit) only 2.48 GB of total physical memory are available. Is there a way to use ...
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Should i upgrade my 2009 macbookpro components on general way?

I've a MacBook Pro (mid 2009), and it has low performance. If I can should I upgrade the memory` and/or a new hard drive or SSD? I don't want to buy another one if my Mac is in perfect condition. My ...
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Does unsupported RAM effect display cards?

I have a MacBook Pro 17" Mid 2010 which normally supports 1067 MHz RAM. I needed more memory and installed 2 x 4 GB RAM 1333 MHz modules which - as expected - also work with 1067 MHz. After a couple ...
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How do I find where my memory gone?

Here's my Activity monitor. I don't have any apps launched, except Finder and Safari with a single tab. Yet I have 5.72GB used memory and 9.51GB used swap which is insane. I want to investigate what's ...
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Why does Apple recommend a 2TB FD over a 1TB Fusion Drive for iMacs with 32GB of memory?

Under the 'Choose Storage' section on Apple's iMac configuration page there is a blue link titled 'How much storage is right for you? (Choose Storage) '. In that dialog it says: For the best ...
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Kill Apps Using Too Much RAM

I have unfortunately been saddled with a developer laptop that isn't fast enough. Is there any app which can flag apps which use up too much RAM and prompt me so I can kill them ? For eg: Xcode , iOS ...
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Black screen (no boot up) after upgrading RAM to 16GB on mid 2010 macbook pro

I have a mid-2010 (core2duo) macbook pro with 4GB (2x2) RAM. I bought 2x8GB RAM Crucial 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM to upgrade RAM to 16GB. Now after replacing these RAMs my ...
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Does OS X 10.11 reserve space on the Fusion drive for RAM swapping?

I know the Fusion drive holds the OS and commonly used programs, but I haven't been able to confirm it reserves space for any "swap files" needed when RAM is fully utilized?
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Is there any more way to squeeze out some performance out of my mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13"?

I still like my mid 2009 13" Macbook Pro. It's solid and running quite well. However, since Yosemite things are getting really laggy and slow, so I guess that my hardware is getting a bit old. ...
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Would “non supported” memory modules cause the Mac to restart frequently?

I've got a Mac Mini mid mid 2011 upgraded with 8GB memory using Kingston sticks, but after the upgrade the Mac now frequently blinks the screen black and then restarts itself. This is not a restart ...
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How do I manually throttle the CPU usage of an app?

When I export a file from iMovie, it usually takes a long time but uses a lot of CPU, and my computer gets very hot(around 180-190ºF), even with my fan controller maxing it out. Would I be able to ...
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Having trouble installing Dropbox on iPad

I personally have never used an iPad. I invited a friend to a shared folder on Dropbox, and tried to help her install Dropbox on her iPad. It said there was not enough memory. But it only listed ...
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Will there be issues if I install RAM modules with different sizes in a Mac mini?

I have a Mac mini late 2012 with 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) RAM. I bought another 8 GB RAM module and installed it in the Mac. Should I leave the 8 GB module alone or should I install one of the two 2 GB modules ...
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Why does leaked memory appear malloced to kernel_task, and why can't OS X therefore garbage collect it

I have previously been told that a sign that some application has a memory leak is that kernel_task has a large memory footprint, commonly on the order of gigabytes. If an awry kext was causing this ...
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What is this usernoted process in my Macintosh?

I've got a warning saying that I'm running out of my memory and had to "kill some process" today. I've been using this Mac for over 3 years and this is the first time I was warned this way. I've ...
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Less RAM and an SSD vs. more RAM and an HDD?

This isn't a question about which part of my computer to upgrade. It's a question about what I should buy in my eventual new computer. I have an early 2011 13" MBP with a 500GB hard drive and an ...
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Possible to upgrade RAM to 16 GB for mac mini mid 2011?

Does anyone has experience with upgrading a mac mini mid 2011 to 16 GB RAM? I know the official doc says the max is 8 GB RAM, but there are articles on the internet which claim it is possible. The ...
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Performance of Virtual Machines on MacBook Pro with and without discrete graphics

I am trying to decide between MacBook Pro 15" with and without Discrete Graphics Card. My work involves running 2-3 Virtual Machines using Virtualbox at a given time with Chrome, Microsoft Outlook ...
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What is memory pressure, and how do I relieve it?

I have had my machine for more than a year now, and I'm looking at Memory Pressure in the Activity Monitor. What is this memory pressure and How do I "relieve" this memory pressure from my system? ...
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Can a dedicated GPU use/share system RAM in addition to the VRAM included with it?

The Macbook Pro laptop, running OS X, has a AMD GPU which includes graphics memory of 256 MB. Is it possible for the machine to run an application that requires 512 MB video memory by sharing some of ...
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What are some good ways to free up disk space on OS X >= Yosemite?

I am fed up with all these useless "Delete old pictures" "Delete your trash" BuzzFeed-tier articles so I am hoping for some qualified ideas here. What I've done so far (and how much it deleted) is: ...
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Is it possible to use more than the allocated base amount of video memory?

On a MacBook Pro with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, the amount of allocated video memory is 384 MB, as can be seen on this Apple support page (scroll down to HD Graphics 3000) This GPU, however, ...
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kernel_task and softwareupdate constantly hogging .5 GB of RAM each [duplicate]

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. It had 4 GB of RAM and I upgraded it to 6 GB last year as it was getting a bit sluggish with the newer versions of OS X and running Vagrant VMs on it. Lately, I’ve noticed ...
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Possible memory corruption error

I have a Mac Yosemite version 10.10.4. Recently I've been experiencing problems with Firefox and Chrome, which both crash often. The real problem is that in the past few weeks I experienced some ...