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Adding application software will have no effect on the performance of your computer unless 1) the software is running or 2) it installs persistent background processes that consume resources. LaTeX does not do #2, so you need not worry that this will affect your computer in any negative way.


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No it is not enough to have 4GB, since it is minimum you can have and you will always run at max of it. Mavericks will do the best to manage the space, but there is a limit what it can do. Big RAM users (aside of the OS) are the web browsers. It is all dependent what is your activity, apps you use. As said Mavericks will do great job in working your RAM ...


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Can you boot into Mac O/S? If so open up System Profiler, click on the memory option and see what the Mac is seeing. If it sees all 8GB then the issue is with windows and you might want to ask your question on superuser or another Windows forum. If the mac side only sees the same 4GB then you may have an issue with the DIMM. It could be not seated properly, ...


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From iMac (Mid 2010: Memory specifications): The iMac (Late 2010) computers have four SDRAM slots in the bottom of the computer and come with at least 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM installed as two 2GB DIMMs into two slots. The maximum amount of RAM you can install in your computer is 16 GB (a 4 GB SO-DIMM in each slot). You can use any Small-Outline ...


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No, the speed differences should be unnoticeable as the data will be written to disk as it is downloaded. The only noticeable change may be in your internet speed as the download consumes bandwidth.


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No. The RAM is soldered to the logic board in all of these models. Here is the logic board from iFixit's Teardown of the low end 15'' model (2.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD). Inside the yellow box are 16 x 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (8 GB total) memory chips. As you can see, they are soldered directly to the board and cannot be replaced without replacing the whole ...


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Per the teardown performed by iFixit, the RAM in Retina Displays is soldered to the logic board. It may be possible to undo the soldering and upgrade it, but the hassle is almost surely not worth it. https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Retina+Display+Late+2013+Teardown/18695#s53264


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Since retina Macbook Pro have their memory soldered to the mainboard I won't be possible to have more memory than sold by Apple. About the last non retina MacBook Pro (mid-2012). It's 16GB


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I can't see the speed of your processor being very relevant to whether the laptop continues to be compatible with future versions of OS X. I sold a 2008 MBP to a friend that only had 4 GB of RAM as well and a 7200 rpm HDD and it can handle Mavericks just fine. It has a Core2 Duo, with an i7 you should be set for at least 3 more years, if not 6. I hope that ...


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I'm not completely certain of the FREEZER options, other than one FREEZER_COMPRESSOR option uses swap (utilizes free space on a disk) when RAM is low or expended, while the other does not. What I think is that the FREEZER options are for managing memory for frozen processes. Maybe this is something experimental, to be used in combination with App Nap? I ...


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On the other hand, I use an old 2010 Core 2 11" MacBook Air with a measly 2 GB of RAM, and it's quick enough to handle Xcode because it has an SSD. I'd say put the money on the SSD now and make sure your swapfile is going there.


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I have a 2011 MacBook Pro 15", and upgraded it both to 8GB and an SSD. Both upgrades are extremely valuable. Since you are using the MBP for coding, I would definitely go for the 8GB. XCode et al. can use quite a lot of RAM. The SSD will also refresh your MBP immensely! Compiling will be much, much faster. As will be application startup times. Especially ...


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I used to work with a 2009 MBP 13" with C2D 2.53Ghz, 8GB ram and 256GB SSD, it worked like a charm with development (Qt, XCode), VM (VirtualBox), image edition (lightroom). I changed it because the screen was too small but that shouldn't be an issue for you since you're running on a 17". So if you change both, you can hope at least 2 more years. I would go ...


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Sorry. I can't comment on my posts for I am a guest (something about a 50 reputation). I managed to get the slower RAM to work by resetting the PRAM/NVRAM: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379 Works like a charm now. Maybe someone can give an explanation as to why it worked.


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When I install the 1600 MHz RAM back into the computer, it boots just fine. I will try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM later when I get the chance and see if that allows for slower memory stick to be accepted.


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Looks like I am not alone - http://breakfree.cc/ After going thought this article I finally know what the problem was - Early-2011 MacBook Pro owners report hardware failures & system crashes http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac/widespread-2011-macbook-pro-failures-reported-3497935/ ...


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Search on Spotlight for activity monitor - switch to the Memory Tab. Then you should see something like that: There you will see how many memory each Process is using at the moment. I hope this answers you question.


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If you go to the Utility folder on your Mac, open the Activity Moniitor. Then go to the Memory tab. There you will see who is using how much. There is also a Disk Tab, where you can also see who is using how much on active basis (when programs are running). You wont see the passive usage (how much information is stored) in that window. In this example ...


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Good article explaining how to use Thaiphoon Burner to change RAM clocking speed. By default faster ram most likely will have an issues and the computer may not even start (depends on RAM setup) http://tadija.tumblr.com/post/3641585420/how-to-install-2x4gb-ddr3-1333mhz-in-macbook-pro-13 After following those steps and making modifications, it should work.


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According to Apple for your model: Graphics and video support NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors. Means yes, it ...



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