My computer crashed many times the past month and I was attributing this to the new El Capitan Mac Operating system.
After reading the crash log report I kept noticing similar crashes no matter what programs I had open. One thing in common was the programs that were crashing were using a lot of memory like Lightroom and Final Cut Pro X.
After reading around on different forums I discovered this cool APP to test your MacBook Pro’s memory. Rember is free and is a great way to just test your RAM to see if this is the culprit. Rember says on their website:
Defective memory can cause computers to malfunction, crash, and behave in a variety of ways which can sometimes baffle end users and computer technicians alike. Apple provides hardware test CDs with most of their products, and there are some third-party utilties for Mac OS X which perform memory testing. In my experience, these tools have not always been able to quickly and efficiently diagnose memory problems. Rember has been designed to simplify the testing, and diagnosis of these problems.
I downloaded the APP and ran it and it alerted me to the fact that this was indeed what was crashing my computer.
Ran to my Fry’s store and bought replacement memory and put it in myself in about 5 minutes.
How to replace the memory is super simple. Here are the directions for my Macbook Pro 15″ Midyear 2012 laptop.
Now not only is my computer not crashing like it was doing the computer is a lot faster. Bad memory can do more than just crash your computer.
Software can get corrupted as did my Microsoft Outlook yesterday. I had to rebuild the database. Microsoft Outlook message popped up and I followed the directions and it was fixed. This is just one of many other things that bad RAM can do to your computer.
CONCLUSION: Too many times people will blame software when sometimes you computer is just wearing out. It is similar to an automobile. Some of the parts just break down over time. You don’t need to go and buy a new computer every time the computer starts to have problems. If you don’t want to self diagnose the computer then just take your computer to the store. If it is a Mac they will diagnose it in the store and if under warranty fix it for free.