Macintosh RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a key component of every computer, including every Apple Macintosh ever made. It provides a small but extremely fast space for the processor to store data, without having to constantly access the slow hard drive. It soon becomes apparent when your computer has run out of RAM because applications slow to a crawl. One of the ways to make a computer run faster is to increase the amount of RAM installed.  Different types have been used over the years for Macintosh computers, so knowing which type of Macintosh RAM to get is vitally important. While it is quite expensive, upgrading is a much cheaper option than buying a new computer.

Applications that use large amounts of data are the main cause of computer slowdowns. The incredible amount of artwork and other data that make up the latest video games can easily overwhelm an old computer. Graphics and sound editors are not as resource hungry as video games but they still need to load huge files to work on them. The same goes for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other applications used by professionals such as engineers, surveyors, designers, and scientists. Computers used for film production also need a huge amount of RAM to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In many of these examples, the computers are made by Apple and have Macintosh RAM inside them.

The first thing to do before buying any Macintosh RAM is to work out how much you already have in your computer. Open the main menu and look for the system information, which is called System Profiler in the latest operating system. Write down the total amount of RAM installed and also its type and speed. To find out the maximum amount that can be installed, you need to look up specifications of your computer, either in the manual or on the internet. Once you have the all this information, you are ready to purchase your Macintosh RAM. Be sure to shop around for the best price as it can vary by a large amount.

Before buying Macintosh RAM, always check the type and capacity of the modules. The type can be confusing because manufacturers use several acronyms that are quite technical, such as SDRAM and SO-DIMM. Another problem is that the type and capacity used for a particular series changes over time. An example of this is the Apple eMac, which started out in 2002 with 128MB of PC133 SDRAM. By the time the last eMac rolled off the assembly line in 2006, it had been upgraded to 256MB of PC2700 SDRAM. If your computer is more than five years old, you may have trouble finding new Macintosh RAM for it in the stores.

Installing Macintosh RAM is not difficult but you should seek out help if you are unsure how to do it. One careless mistake can damage your computer and potentially cost hundreds of dollars to repair. Most computer shops will do the installation for a small fee and some may do it for free if you purchase the Macintosh RAM from them. Make sure that you get back any modules that they take out because they can fetch a good price on auction websites. To avoid damage from static electricity, handle them as little as possible and always keep them sealed inside an anti-static bag.

After the Macintosh RAM has been installed, check that everything is working as expected. Start the computer and go back to the system information menu. Check that the new total matches the amount you have just installed plus the amount that was left in there. If the total is less than expected, one or more of the modules might not be seated properly. The modules could be faulty but that is an uncommon problem when they have been handled correctly. If you suspect that a module is faulty, run a diagnostic program to be sure. There are plenty of good ones available on the internet for free.

This Macintosh RAM Review is Written/Updated on Mar 17th, 2011 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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