Help me with RAM please...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Floris1994, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Floris1994 Guest

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    I am doing a science-fair project and I cant find a strait-forward explanation of RAM. Can anyone help? any help helps :apple:
     
  2. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    RAM - Random Access Memory. This is temporary storage for programs and data while a computer is turned on. Information is retrieved from the hard drive into RAM for the user to work with.

    Once a computer is turned off, the information in RAM is lost. For this reason, RAM is called volatile, while more permanent storage in flash drives and hard drives are non-volatile.

    Information is stored in organized arrangements of ones and zeros. Any single one or zero is called a bit, which stands for Binary digIT. 8 bits makes one byte and can store a character, like the letter A. You can get varying sizes of organized bits like nybbles and words.

    PM me if you have questions.
     
  3. gjw4u macrumors 6502

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    Ever heard of Wikipedia per chance?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAM
     
  4. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    Wikipedia won't be acceptable for a school project.

    I know that sounds retarded and I've yelled at my colleagues (I'm a librarian) for it, but they just don't want to accept it.

    How It Works is more acceptable for them. Here's the URL.
     

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