When programs perform tasks on OS X and other platforms, chunks of memory are allocated for their needs, but these should be relinquished when the task is done. If not, then a memory leak may occur, where progressively more memory is reserved (sometimes at a rapid rate), until the system cannot allocate anymore and is strained for resources. When this happens, the entire system may run slow, pause, or hang and require a forced restart. Unfortunately there is little you can do as an end-user to prevent a memory leak, but with quick identification you can knock out a program that is causing one, before it starts affecting the entire system. Continue reading
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New 2014 Mac Mini RAM cannot be upgraded
As one of its announcements during Yesterday’s release of OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a long-awaited update to the Mac Mini, which brings next-generation Intel Haswell processors along with an additional Thunderbolt connection and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity to the small Mac. However, one development noted by Macminicolo is that if you plan on purchasing one of these new minis, you will not be able to upgrade its RAM. Continue reading
Tips for upgrading your Mac’s RAM
While the Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air systems do not have user-upgradable RAM, often other Mac systems Apple sells that do have this option are only shipped with a minimal amount of RAM, so you might find yourself needing to upgrade after a while.
Even if you are purchasing a new Mac, you might be considering purchasing one with a base level of RAM Continue reading
New DDR4 memory to give Apple products a speed boost
In 2013, Apple memory provider Micron technologies gave a presentation on the progression of their product line, outlining both the increasing DRAM requirements of the mobile industry as well as the options provided by their new Low Power DDR4 memory technology.
At twice the bandwidth of current offerings, Micron’s new RAM technology offers not only faster performance Continue reading
How to run and interpret Apple’s Hardware Tests on your Mac
In order for OS X or any software to run properly, your Mac’s hardware must first be in running order. While symptoms of crashes, graphical artifacts, or other corruption can be indicators of hardware malfunction, one way to help determine if hardware problems are the root of the issue at hand is to run a hardware test.
When you purchase your Mac from Apple, the system includes hardware tests in a couple of locations. Continue reading