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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Maximum memory for 2011 iMac

I just bought an iMac and want to max out the memory on the machine. I have received two conflicting answers to my question so I'm bringing it to the community. Can I install 4 8GB memory chips for a ...
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When I use Vagrant it rapidly uses up a ton of wired memory. Why?

Vagrant seems to be eating up free memory, but not with active memory. It's using a ton of wired memory. My current Vagrant box is running a PHP application with MongoDB. Why would this need so much ...
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Is it possible/a good idea to use an ExpressCard SSD for swap?

I have a 48GB WinTec filemate ExpressCard SSD which I'm not currently using for anything. My idea was that I would re-partition it with a 16GB partition for swap and virtual memory (I have 8GB of ...
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Can I upgrade RAM on an early 2014 Macbook Pro with Retina display?

I bought a Macbook Pro with Retina display (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 ...
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Will 2GB ram run Yosemite smoothly

cant upgrade my 2009 iMac 2009 20" with 2GB for a few months but need to upgrade to 10.9.4 to install Yosemite. I am currently running 10.8.1 as a fresh install of Mountain Lion which runs fine, but ...
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What scale or measure does Mavericks' and Yosemite's “memory pressure” adhere to?

Mavericks' (and also Yosemite's) Activity Monitor shows a new diagram, the memory pressure. Sadly, its help text only vaguely explains what exactly it measures. How is memory pressure calculated? ...
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Can I solder more memory into my MacBook Air

I love everything about my Macook Air except its very low maximum memory (and yes I bought it with the maximum available at the time). So I'm thinking "I know how to solder... how hard can it be?". ...
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Safari 8.0 on Yosemite doesn't kill closed tab processes, hogs memory

I've just upgraded to Yosemite and started using the new Safari 8.0. For a while, everything seemed fine, but then all got ever so slightly slower and slower, especially when switching desktops. ...
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UI Lag OSX Yosemite (10.10) on Retina MacBook Pro late 2013

I have a late 2013 rMBP, 13" with the following specs: Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 RAM: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Video: Intel Iris 1536 MB (integrated) Before upgrading to Yosemite, Mavericks ...
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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 has become insanely slow : Processes SystemUIServer, UserEventAgent and loginwindow using a lot of memory

I have been using my Mac for for many months without any problem. But recently all of a sudden the Mac became insanely slow. I opened Activity Manager to see what was happening. For three processes ...
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sleepimage wrong size

I have a MBP Early 2011, which I have put 16GB in, despite the fact that apple claims the max is 8GB, this is a hack which is known to work– but I'm having some trouble with hibernate as a result. It ...
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2011 macbook pro blue screen

I'm trying to determine whether I'm having a ram, drive, or board issue. I used to be able to log in and actually use my laptop but it would run slow and over little time the fan would kick on and ...
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Is there a firmware upgrade for the Macbook6,1 from MB61.00C8.B00 to B02?

This question is directly relevant to my failing attempts to upgrade the RAM in a Late 2009 White Unibody MacBook (MacBook6,1) to 8GB, and the question may be better asked in that context. It is ...
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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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RAM upgrade for a macbook pro late 2011

I have a macbook pro late 2011. At this moment I am running the basic 2x 2GB 1333MHz rams ,but I want to upgrade. Now,I have read on some forum that this macbook can run 1600MHz rams even though ...
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com.apple.iconServicesAgent using a lot of RAM in 10.9

I performed a fresh install of OS X 10.9 and now the process com.apple.iconServicesAgent is using >300MB of RAM, that is quite a lot. This process is using the second most amount of memory of all ...
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Will MacBook (Mid 2010) work with 1333MHz RAM instead of 1066MHz RAM?

I've a MacBook White (Mid 2010, 13-inch) with 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM. I want to upgrade it to 4GB RAM. I'm looking for 1066MHz RAM in local stores but couldn't find one. Instead everywhere I can find ...
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Can I upgrade my MacBookPro Model6.1 8GB (2x 4GB) to 16GB (2x 8GB)

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2010 Model 6.1 i7 17" with 8GB RAM inside. I want to upgrade to 16GB. I have seen that it should be possible on the model 7.1 but I have 6.1 Can I upgrade? Does it work on my ...
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steps to get a Mac to report CPU and memory load via SNMP?

My group runs a bunch of Mac Pros and xServes of various flavors, and being a fairly recent hire, I am getting up to speed on how to monitor them properly. We use SolarWinds NPM and SAM, and monitor ...
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imac retina memory configurations

An imac retina 27" i5 (model 15.1) comes with 8GB (2X4GB) of RAM. I am purchasing 2x8GB chipsets. Will I cause a problem with my imac if I just add the 2x8GB sets yielding 24GB, or must I remove the ...
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Multiple Google Chrome Helper.app (Not Responding) In Activity Monitor

Before i start let me say that i have turn my settings to make all plug ins ask before starting. I have a 2010 Macbook Pro 15 inch with 8GB memory from OWC and 256GB SSD samsung 840 Pro. I just ...
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WindowServer/Kernel_task using over 8GB of ram causing slow down and pausing on apps

I am a developer and I have upgraded my OS to Mavericks and since then I have had the "force quit applications" window popping up with multiple apps paused. Before Mavericks I never had this issue. ...
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Mac becomes slow and unresponsive when opening complex pdf

So I a trying to open some lecture slides from my university to study however when I try to open certain PDF files the system becomes extremely slow and unresponsive. Details of the PDF (Blurred out ...
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MacBook Pro 13-inch maximum memory

This Apple support article, MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory, says that the maximum memory on a MacBook Pro 13-inch is 8 GB. Is that a hard limit? Why could I not install a 16 GB memory ...
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vm_compressor_mode (vm.compressor_mode) values for enabled compressed memory in OS X

Background In Super user, with an accepted answer: Disable compressed memory in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? Also in Super User: how to get memory compress back in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? – and ...
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Can my MacBook 1,1 be upgraded to anything higher than Snow Leopard? and can the machine be updated in its specs?

Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Model Identifier: MacBook 1,1 Processor Name: Intel Core Duo Processor Speed: 2 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per processor): 2 ...
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Safari and other programs using too much RAM with barely any tabs open. Happens daily since Yosemite

I've noticed a drop battery life as well as performance from my macbook since the new Yosemite update a week ago. The performance slows down greatly, even with my 8gb of ram. Animations are very ...
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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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Upgrading my Mac: Will it increase performance?

I have a macbook pro 13" 5,5 late 2009 edition, I use it all the time for taking notes and research at college etc. but I also use it to record music for my band and occasionally I play games on it. I ...
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Macbook Pro (5.1 Model Late 2008) 16GB RAM upgrade

Can I add 16GB of RAM in my MacBook Pro (5.1 model, late 2008) running at 1333 DIMMs?
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Do I need to upgrade only the RAM for making Ubuntu's virtual machine quick and smooth as OS X at the same time?

I own a Mac mini Mid 2011. My Mac mini's details: 8GB RAM DDR3 1333 Intel Core i5 2,3 GHz Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB I have Ubuntu 14.10 and OS X 10.10 partitions with modified rEFInd, but it's ...
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MacBook Pro RAM upgrade is causing beeping sound?

I just upgraded the RAM in my MacBook Pro (15" 2 GHz Intel Core i7 - early 2011 model) from two 2gb modules to two 4gb modules. Started up just fine and ran great for about 10 minutes. Then the screen ...
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Can I use a PC3-10600 memory on a MacBook with PC3-8500 slots?

I have a MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) with the default 2GB of RAM, I want to update it to 8GBs, but I only found this model of memory to buy. The question is since the memory is more "powerful" than ...
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Why does OS X use swap memory when memory pressure remains low?

My system (Yosemite / 10.10) has been paging out to swap memory despite my memory pressure reading less than 50% over the last 7 days (tracked with iStat Menus). How is this possible? It would be one ...
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Memory pressure explosion due to grunt task

So I created a quick icon using PSD to add to an existing sprite sheet that I generate using Compass SASS. When I ran grunt compile this happened to the memory pressure: OSX 10.9.5 running Mavericks ...
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Why does speech recognition take up 1 GM or RAM suddenly? And GMail in Safari 738 MB?

I did enable speech recognition just in case, but very rarely use it, and I did not remember even accidentally activating it since bootup. Now I simply have a few apps running under Mavericks, and I ...
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iMac eventually crashing after memory upgrade

I have an iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) running on two pairs of brand new VALUESELECT Corsair memories - 4 slots, 4GB each. OSX (both Mountain Lion and Yosemite) is detecting available memory ...
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What exactly does kernel_task do?

I'd just like to know what it is that kernel_task is responsible for. Also, what's an acceptable maximum RAM and CPU use for it?
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Brand new Macbook Pro retina fail Memtest

I have a brand new MacBook Pro Retina (8GB, 256GB SSD), which has experienced some issues for past few weeks. I decided to run memtest after a complete OS X reinstall. Here's the log : Copyright ...
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Can I use 16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM in an early Macbook Pro 8.2?

I found Macs which had: 16GB RAM installed 8GB RAM installed, but running on 1600MHz instead of 1333MHz (link in dutch) Question Is it possible to put 16GB running at 1600MHz in my Mac? If ...
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Apple hardware: ram on MacBook Pro

I have a Macbook Pro, 17 inch mid-2009 with 2 ram chips configured in this manner: BANK 0/DIMM0: Size: 2 GB Type: DDR3 Speed: 1067 MHz Status: OK Manufacturer: 0x80CE Part Number: ...
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Should I upgrade RAM or to a SSD? [closed]

Ok, I have a late 2011 macbook pro that I'm looking to upgrade. It's sluggish with basic tasks such as right clicking to open the little options menu thingy (like the copy and past menu) and ...
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distnoted service memory leak

I have problem on Mavericks 10.9.5. When my macbook air (mid 2012) awake, it freezes on 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I keep up to show process list and I see that "distnoted" service eats all CPU time. I ...
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Which RAM to buy for mid 2010 15 Inch Macbook Pro

I am looking to upgrade my 15 inch macbook pro from 4GB to 8GB of RAM. I have never upgraded anything on a macbook before and I am wondering how important is the specific RAM that i purchase? I read ...
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New to Macbook Pro, need help upgrading

I was recently gifted an old Mid 2010 Macbook Pro with the following specs listed here: ...
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Macbook Restarts Automatically After RAM Changed?

I have a MacBook Pro with OX 10.9.3 installed having 5 Gb of RAM. Yesterday I changed the RAM, and since that, my MacBook restarts automatically while working. I thought it was an issue with the new ...
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Macbook pro doesn't want to start, “no RAM installed” beeps (1 every 5 seconds)

hello everyone, i have a problem with my Macbook Pro :( Everything was working fine until yesterday. But i can't start it anymore, a "beep" tone appeared, once every 5 seconds. According to the ...
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OS X Ram Viewer

I am starting to become an intermediate C++ programmer and messing around with memory allocation and would like to take a look what is going on behind the scenes. For instance, I would like to see ...
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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 ...