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?
posted by trogdole
on Oct 23, 2013 -
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]
posted by matcha action
on Sep 13, 2013 -
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]
posted by zenpop
on Jun 6, 2013 -
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]
posted by critzer
on Mar 28, 2013 -
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]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 20, 2013 -
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?
posted by MrMerlot
on Feb 18, 2013 -
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]
posted by grobstein
on Nov 20, 2012 -
Trying tp revive (as an educational exercise) a 17-year-old computer with an unusual memory structure. [more inside]
posted by ackptui
on Oct 17, 2012 -
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]
posted by cashman
on Oct 1, 2012 -
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]
posted by carmel
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster
on Jul 21, 2012 -
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]
posted by mreleganza
on Jun 25, 2012 -
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.
posted by Science!
on Jun 14, 2012 -
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]
posted by rebent
on Mar 6, 2012 -
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]
posted by zardoz
on Mar 4, 2012 -
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]
posted by Mike Mongo
on Feb 1, 2012 -
I have some RAM that is (apparently) bad. However, it passes a memory test just fine. Why? [more inside]
posted by neckro23
on Dec 27, 2011 -
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?
posted by cromagnon
on Sep 18, 2011 -
I am looking for an alternative store to Newegg that sells 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR2-800 RAM. [more inside]
posted by pombe
on Sep 1, 2011 -
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]
posted by willhopkins
on Jul 31, 2011 -
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]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 10, 2011 -
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?
posted by jackypaper
on May 31, 2011 -
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]
posted by 4ster
on May 23, 2011 -
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]
posted by Not Supplied
on May 13, 2011 -
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]
posted by 4ster
on May 4, 2011 -
I got some new RAM for my Macbook, but it's causing some really weird freezing issues. [more inside]
posted by jenmess
on Feb 11, 2011 -
I have a potentially rather silly question about Applecare as I purchase a new Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jan 31, 2011 -
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]
posted by robobrent
on Jan 20, 2011 -
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!
posted by gibbsjd77
on Nov 30, 2010 -
How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
posted by Tchad
on Oct 25, 2010 -
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
posted by uboat
on Sep 3, 2010 -
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]
posted by Petrot
on Aug 24, 2010 -
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?
posted by isopropyl
on Aug 9, 2010 -
Apple support told my mom 3GB of memory in a Late 2006 MacBook
(1.83GHz C2D, Snow Leopard) could overload the processor. What could they have meant by that? [more inside]
posted by 6550
on Jul 23, 2010 -
My computer will tell me it's using so and so much RAM. When I add up the RAM usage in process manager, there's no way it's that much. Where is my RAM going?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy
on Jul 16, 2010 -
GraphicsCardCADFilter: Can someone give me a crash course in Graphics cards vs. RAM? [more inside]
posted by edbles
on Jun 18, 2010 -
I inherited a barely-used 2004 Dell laptop, Pentium M 1600 MHz, 30 GB hard drive, Windows XP, Mobility Radeon 9000, 512 MB RAM.
Is it worth reformatting and upgrading the RAM to its 2 GB max (at $100), for a few more years of basic internet and Open Office, or as a whole will it forever lag in current-and-near-future contexts?
It could be a decent tool for my commuter days as an undergrad, though it is currently far too slow going to be productive or entertaining.
Thanks for ideas!
posted by methinks
on May 20, 2010 -
Why can't I get into the BIOS on this Thinkpad? Alternately, how can I get this machine working? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on May 12, 2010 -
I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on May 7, 2010 -