Just upgraded my RAM (8GB), now computer/applications crash/reboot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Leadmaier, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Leadmaier macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Hi everyone,

    First timer here with a 17" Macbook Pro problem. Yesterday I upgraded my RAM from 4GB (2x 2GB) to 8GB (2x 4GB) with memory that is apparently Mac friendly (said so on the package). After installing it, all appeared well, but in a matter of a few hours, I started to notice some issues:

    • Applications freezing/crashing
    • OSX Mountain Lion restarting on its own
    • Light flickering on my other monitor

    I'm not entirely sure if you guys are able to help, but there's something fishy going on over at the Apple Support forums which is preventing me from logging in and posting this over there, so if anyone can offer some assistance, I'd be extremely grateful.

    Here's the last error report I received (which happened this morning after attempting to download Onyx), if that helps:

    Interval Since Last Panic Report:  298696 sec
    Panics Since Last Report:          2
    Anonymous UUID:                    9242201F-E041-A3EC-4E2E-5828556A0A72
    Mon Nov  5 07:02:59 2012
    panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff8013eb7bd5): Kernel trap at 0xffffff8013ea35ba, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x0000000080010033, CR2: 0x0000000000000000, CR3: 0x00000000561b2000, CR4: 0x0000000000000660
    RAX: 0x0000000003c81200, RBX: 0xffffff8024caa240, RCX: 0x0000000000000000, RDX: 0x0000000000000000
    RSP: 0xffffff81042c3480, RBP: 0xffffff81042c34d0, RSI: 0x0000000000000060, RDI: 0x00000000001e4092
    R8:  0xffffff803b026858, R9:  0x0000000000002000, R10: 0x0000000000100201, R11: 0x0000000000001112
    R12: 0xfffffe92355a9860, R13: 0x0000000000000000, R14: 0x00000001219bb000, R15: 0xffffffffffffff9f
    RFL: 0x0000000000010246, RIP: 0xffffff8013ea35ba, CS:  0x0000000000000008, SS:  0x0000000000000010
    Fault CR2: 0x0000000000000000, Error code: 0x0000000000000000, Fault CPU: 0x2
    Backtrace (CPU 2), Frame : Return Address
    0xffffff81042c3120 : 0xffffff8013e1d626 
    0xffffff81042c3190 : 0xffffff8013eb7bd5 
    0xffffff81042c3360 : 0xffffff8013ece4ed 
    0xffffff81042c3380 : 0xffffff8013ea35ba 
    0xffffff81042c34d0 : 0xffffff8013e83783 
    0xffffff81042c37f0 : 0xffffff801418702e 
    0xffffff81042c3840 : 0xffffff8013ee4ca1 
    0xffffff81042c39d0 : 0xffffff8013ee337e 
    0xffffff81042c3c30 : 0xffffff8013ee2ff5 
    0xffffff81042c3c60 : 0xffffff80140fb26d 
    0xffffff81042c3d70 : 0xffffff8013f11da2 
    0xffffff81042c3dd0 : 0xffffff8013f08179 
    0xffffff81042c3e40 : 0xffffff80141770e9 
    0xffffff81042c3ef0 : 0xffffff8014176ff7 
    0xffffff81042c3f50 : 0xffffff80141e182a 
    0xffffff81042c3fb0 : 0xffffff8013eced33 
    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: WebProcess
    Mac OS version:
    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 12.2.0: Sat Aug 25 00:48:52 PDT 2012; root:xnu-2050.18.24~1/RELEASE_X86_64
    Kernel UUID: 69A5853F-375A-3EF4-9247-478FD0247333
    Kernel slide:     0x0000000013c00000
    Kernel text base: 0xffffff8013e00000
    System model name: MacBookPro6,1 (Mac-F22589C8)
    System uptime in nanoseconds: 14157944343515
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    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, PCIe, 512 MB
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  2. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Your RAM is faulty, not seated correctly, or you have some dust/debris in the socket that is preventing it from contacting properly.

    Ensure both sticks are seated properly and test. If this fixes it, problem solved. If not...

    Remove both sticks.

    Check there's no dust in both sockets. Use compressed air to get it out. Can't hurt to give it a clean out with air anyway.

    Insert one stick. see if problem still occurs (ideally, actually run the apple hardware test to verify). If yes, swap with other stick (leaving only 1 stick in there still). If the problem is no longer apparent, you have identified the faulty stick.

    If the problem is still there, make sure the RAM spec matches what should be in your machine. If it is OK spec, then both sticks are faulty. Or your machine is broken. Or you don't know how to fit ram properly :D
  3. Leadmaier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Man you guys work fast! I noticed a crap load of dust when I initially removed the back plate, but I thought I did a pretty good job getting all the dust out. I'll do what you suggested when I get home, and then report back with my findings.

    Is there any type of software that can verify if I'm in fact using faulty RAM? Sorry I'm not too computer savvy when it comes to diagnostics and what-not.
  4. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
  5. Leadmaier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Thank you! :D
  6. Leadmaier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Did what you suggested and ran the Apple Hardware Test after reseating the RAM, and it said it found no issues, and since restarting the computer everything appears to be alright. I'll be on the lookout tonight for any other shenanigans from my most beloved piece of technology. Please remain strong mighty Macbook Pro, I depend on you oh so much!

    Thanks again for your response, I'll be sure to pester you again when and if something goes awry.

    *knock on wood*
  7. wytwolf macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    Yeah when ever upgrading something, if there are any new issues 99% of the time the upgrade caused it. Either the install or product itself is causing the issue. Glad it was only not seated properly. I usually push in the ram with a fair bit of force (just don't over due it). At least you don't have to fool around replacing the ram with new sticks. :)
  8. Leadmaier thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Well everything was working near perfectly last night, then this morning I began facing the same issues as before. I'm did a cmd + option + p + r after the computer froze up again because I read online it can help to fix certain issues, which again appeared to work for a little bit, and then as I was moving Safari from one monitor to the other, everything became extremely pixelated and froze once again.

    I'm unsure of what my next step could be aside from removing the new RAM and putting in the original. I need to back my stuff up ASAP as I fear something crazy is about to happen with my computer. :(

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