For several months now the media players on my PC "skip" when playing music. At first I thought it was just WMP but it's happened on iTunes and JRiver Media Jukebox as well. This PC is a Dell, about three years old, and replacing it just isn't going to happen this year. I've reinstalled audio drivers, even reinstalled Windows 10. All to no avail. [more inside]
I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
I recall reading an article about a researcher of big horn sheep who was shocked by homosexual behavior. Can you link me to this article? [more inside]
It's been a while since I have fiddled with computers. How do I figure out which RAM to buy online? My son needs to buy some more RAM for his circa 2011 Acer Aspire laptop (I replaced the hard disk a while ago so it's still got life in it). It's got 4GB of RAM, but I'd like to boost it to 8GB. Do I need to worry about a specific variety of RAM, or is it all the same. [more inside]
In an Atlas Obscura article titled The Strange Specimens of a Mysterious Thai Apothecary (caution: weird dead things in jars) there's this one particular image of what appears to be a modified ram's skull. I want to know more about it. [more inside]
My new Samsung Tablet, SM-T230NU running Android 4.4.2, comes with 8 gigs of memory. I have installed an additional 16 gigs of memory. I tell it to install and download comics to the 16 gig sim. It won't do so and keeps filling the primary memory. [more inside]
Looking to upgrade my 2009 gaming beast. It still serves well, but I know there are vast improvements I can make for relatively little money to the GPU, RAM and HD. [more inside]
I'm choosing between 2 laptops, identical except for processor & RAM. I'm unlikely to buy more RAM, and thinking the one with more RAM will be generally better than the one with the better processor, all else being equal. I tend to keep lots of stuff running, and max out RAM on my current
boat anchor beat-to-death laptop.
I have a eMachines T3504. Crucial's scanner says that I should buy: [more inside]
With the news of the iPad Air and it's wonder 64-bit A7 processor, my curiosity is up again. Will mobile devices, phones or tablets, hit a point of diminishing returns in regards to processing power and/or RAM?
My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
In the mid 70s the spiritual teacher Ram Dass published a book titled Be Here Now. The format of the book was unique. Its unconventional 'square' shape, with an eclectic mix of text with hundreds of illustrations and various font treatments. It's still in print today. But there's a book that followed or copied the spirit of Be Here Now and I can't recall title: [more inside]
Would 1-year old RAM not work with a brand new hard drive on my Macbook? I am getting the dreaded 3 beeps when trying to boot the new drive. [more inside]
I use a mid-2009 Mac Pro for photo editing / cataloging in Lightroom. Performance has been increasingly unsatisfactory. Looking for your advice re: upgrades to the Mac Pro, or perhaps getting a new Macbook Pro. Specs inside. [more inside]
I've got a four-year old PC running vista. It's got 4gb Ram and a 1tb storage. It's never been a high performer, but lately its been running really slow, especially on start up and getting really clunky when I have, say, four of five applications running. I've been considering buying more RAM to speed things up a little. Is more memory the answer to my problems?
SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
I have an old laptop. Would it be worth my while to upgrade its RAM? [more inside]
Help me navigate buying and upgrading a new Macbook Pro. Can I upgrade the HDD or RAM myself without voiding the warranties, or am I stuck paying the Apple tax for more HDD and RAM? [more inside]
Trying tp revive (as an educational exercise) a 17-year-old computer with an unusual memory structure. [more inside]
I need a new Desktop PC and I want it to run well. First, what are good combinations of processor and memory? Intel's Ivy Bridge I7 processors look the best, and I'm guessing 10 gb of ram would suffice, or would it? I'm not buying an Apple, but HP? Compaq? Dell? What combination of processor/ram/brand would you recommend for a desktop somewhere around a thousand dollars? Thanks! [more inside]
Upgraded MacBook Pro RAM, now having trouble getting it to boot up. It will not turn back on after being in sleep mode overnight, otherwise it has no issues turning back on after sleep mode. [more inside]
Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
Minimum computing horsepower for recording from vinyl? [more inside]
I'm buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to watch a lot of live-streaming on the web on it. So which is more important for that, RAM or CPU speed? [more inside]
Do the new mid 2012, non-Retina Display, MacBook Pro laptops have user replaceable/upgradable RAM and Hard Drives? I can't find a source stating for sure one way or the other.
History of ram: How far back would you have to go before 912 GB ram was more than all the ram in the world? A follow up question: is there a graph or something that shows how much ram exists throughout history? [more inside]
I installed new RAM for my 2007-era iMac last week, and for a few days everything went swimmingly. Then the loud beeping started... [more inside]
How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
I have some RAM that is (apparently) bad. However, it passes a memory test just fine. Why? [more inside]
Help me find a motherboard [more inside]
Why might a process not use all available physical memory under Windows Server 2008 r2 standard? I have 32Gb of RAM acknowledged by Resource Monitor, of which 19.4 are allocated to a process (the IBM solver CPLEX running in command line form from Power Shell) that has just thrown a controlled OOM error despite there being another 12 Gb marked as available. I'm going to assume (to start with) that the program itself isn't the culprit, but is there a per-user limit switch, a per-process limit switch or something similar in 2008 r2? Any other ideas?
I am looking for an alternative store to Newegg that sells 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR2-800 RAM. [more inside]
What spec to upgrade on the new IMAC for professional photography? [more inside]
What is WebProcess and why do it and mds eat up most of my active RAM on my 2008 white MacBook running 10.6? [more inside]
I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
My Windows 7 laptop says "Installed RAM 6.0 GB (2.87 GB usable)." What? Why is some of my RAM not usable? I have a 4-GB stick and a 2-GB stick, but I'm only getting 3 GBs of use of out them?
A few weeks ago, I put into my new Macbook Pro (2.3 i5) 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM in it from Crucial. The result was Kernel Panics and unstable applications. I reinstalled the (4GB) Apple RAM, and the problem went away. Crucial sent me replacement memory, I installed it, and guess what? [more inside]
How can I run an application that requires 2gb ram on an Acer netbook with 1.5? The application is NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. I would need to both get around the limitation, and actually make it run ok. [more inside]
I recently bought a new Macbook Pro (2.3 i5) and almost immediately put 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM in it. Almost immediately, I got a kernel panic, and then Chrome would crash every once in a while. I have also had occasional crashes of Pages, MailPlane, and BusyCal, but no more panics. It has been about a week or so since I installed the RAM. Do you think I have a bad memory stick, or is this occasional crashiness related to something else? [more inside]
I got some new RAM for my Macbook, but it's causing some really weird freezing issues. [more inside]
I have a potentially rather silly question about Applecare as I purchase a new Macbook Pro. [more inside]
If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
Should I buy a new computer now, or will I just kick myself in six months because it will be cheaper? I am contemplating buying the iMac, but the cost of getting 16GB of RAM upgrade adds about a grand to the total price. I really want to have a lot of speed. Is it likely for the price to go down much in the next 6 months? If so, will it be substantial (worth putting off the instant gratification), or will it be insignificant as a % of the total price? Thank you for helping me make this decision. (As a side note, does anyone know of a good PC that is comparable to the iMac? I couldn't find one that had a solid state HD) Thanks again!
Help me find a new-ish motherboard that works with this new computer I got. [more inside]
How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
I currently have an Asus eeepc 1005P. I want to add an extra 1gb of memory to it, but I'm unsure of what kind of RAM I should be buying/looking at. I've looked at a few other forums and such but they seem to be a little vague as to what exactly I should be looking for. Help would be much appreciated
Buying a new laptop, I have worked down to 2 choices. One has Win7 (32-bit) and 4gb DDR2 ram, the other has Win7 (64-bit) with 3gb DDR3 ram. Same price. I don't really know enough about the difference between 32/64bit or DDR2/3 to make a decision. Can you explain the difference and offer advice as to which is best. [more inside]
Why is my Macbook Pro using up its (hefty) resources like crazy? [more inside]
I have a HP Pavilion dv6700 (dv6780se) laptop which i recently upgraded to Windows 7 pro via a free copy from the msdn alliance. I am currently running 3 gigs of physical RAM in 2 slots. I recently read an article suggesting a change to the virtual memory paging file size. From what i gathered you should or can increase the size by multiplying the current amount times 1.5. This would change my total virtual memory to 4605, is this wise? Should i leave it on the save hard drive has my OS or move it to a partition or separate external hard drive? I've also read that readyboost can increase performance... is this still quite debatable for Windows 7 and am I already pushing the limits of my RAM and virtual memory?