I updated my RAM...Things are worse.

ghsNick

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I did exactly what OWC told me to do and I even bought their RAM too...things started off shaky a couple weeks ago when it would freeze and restart...but for the last 2 months things have been fine. Now I'm doing a lot of work on iMovie and it has already frozen twice and restarted. It's showing 5GB of free RAM?! I originally had 4GB of RAM and I got another 4GB of RAM and put them in the two open slots that weren't used.

Any ideas on what I can/should do?
 

GGJstudios

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I did exactly what OWC told me to do and I even bought their RAM too...things started off shaky a couple weeks ago when it would freeze and restart...but for the last 2 months things have been fine. Now I'm doing a lot of work on iMovie and it has already frozen twice and restarted. It's showing 5GB of free RAM?!
Your performance problems may have nothing to do with RAM. Follow every step of the following instructions precisely. Do not skip any steps.
  1. Launch Activity Monitor
  2. Change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes"
  3. Click on the "% CPU" column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top).
    (If that column isn't visible, right-click on the column headings and check it, NOT "CPU Time")
  4. Click on the System Memory tab at the bottom.
  5. Take a screen shot of the entire Activity Monitor window, then scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot
  6. Post your screenshots.
 

ghsNick

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Your performance problems may have nothing to do with RAM. Follow every step of the following instructions precisely. Do not skip any steps.
  1. Launch Activity Monitor
  2. Change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes"
  3. Click on the "% CPU" column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top).
    (If that column isn't visible, right-click on the column headings and check it, NOT "CPU Time")
  4. Click on the System Memory tab at the bottom.
  5. Take a screen shot of the entire Activity Monitor window, then scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot
  6. Post your screenshots.
Ok I did it. What I blocked out was my full name which is the computer name. Hopefully you can tell what's up...
 

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GGJstudios

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Ok I did it. What I blocked out was my full name which is the computer name. Hopefully you can tell what's up...
There's nothing there that would indicate high demands on system performance. You have plenty of available RAM, no page outs and no high demands on CPU. Were these screen shots taken at a time when you were experiencing problems? If not, try posting again when you are.
 

bflowers

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I don't know if they currently make them anymore, but AppleCare once came with the Hardware Test disc. I can't even recall the name of the actual software, but I think it Tech Tools or something along those lines. I believe it was farmed out to a third party and not an Apple product. It included extensive RAM tests, which is what I would use to test for problems when I would upgrade.

Did a little digging, you can still get it, but since it isn't bundled with Apple Care, it probably isn't cost effective to buy it. I would contact OWC and have them exchange the RAM.

http://www.micromat.com/techtoolpro
 

ghsNick

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There's nothing there that would indicate high demands on system performance. You have plenty of available RAM, no page outs and no high demands on CPU. Were these screen shots taken at a time when you were experiencing problems? If not, try posting again when you are.
I just PM'ed you...
 

ghsNick

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It just did it again...this was the report.


Interval Since Last Panic Report: 246015 sec
Panics Since Last Report: 4
Anonymous UUID: FBE9C219-78FB-6419-A956-902FAB8842B1

Tue Oct 2 18:25:13 2012
panic(cpu 1 caller 0xffffff802c6b7bd5): Kernel trap at 0xffffff802ca66f89, type 14=page fault, registers:
CR0: 0x000000008001003b, CR2: 0x0000000000000101, CR3: 0x0000000011d4503e, CR4: 0x00000000000606e0
RAX: 0xffffffff8348607b, RBX: 0xffffff811de43c50, RCX: 0x0000000000000000, RDX: 0x0000000000000101
RSP: 0xffffff811de43bd0, RBP: 0xffffff811de43c20, RSI: 0x0000000000000101, RDI: 0xffffff8041a5c000
R8: 0x0000000000000000, R9: 0x0000000000000000, R10: 0x00000000000010bc, R11: 0x0000000000000206
R12: 0x0000000000000000, R13: 0x0000000000000000, R14: 0x0000000000000000, R15: 0x0000000000000000
RFL: 0x0000000000010286, RIP: 0xffffff802ca66f89, CS: 0x0000000000000008, SS: 0x0000000000000010
Fault CR2: 0x0000000000000101, Error code: 0x0000000000000000, Fault CPU: 0x1

Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address
0xffffff811de43870 : 0xffffff802c61d626
0xffffff811de438e0 : 0xffffff802c6b7bd5
0xffffff811de43ab0 : 0xffffff802c6ce4ed
0xffffff811de43ad0 : 0xffffff802ca66f89
0xffffff811de43c20 : 0xffffff802ca64b8f
0xffffff811de43d70 : 0xffffff802c6981e1
0xffffff811de43e80 : 0xffffff802c620aed
0xffffff811de43eb0 : 0xffffff802c610448
0xffffff811de43f00 : 0xffffff802c61961b
0xffffff811de43f70 : 0xffffff802c6a5b16
0xffffff811de43fb0 : 0xffffff802c6ced53

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: SecurityAgent

Mac OS version:
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Kernel slide: 0x000000002c400000
Kernel text base: 0xffffff802c600000
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