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I just bought 2x1gb G.Skill Ram from Newegg.com, and I was wondering, when it arrives, what program can I use to verify that this new Ram is good? I read about using the macintosh install cd to verify the hardware, but i know that there are many other programs that may be better. What program is the best?
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Just go to the blue apple at the top left corner of your screen, select about this mac, select more info, select memory. You will see both slots and the state of your ram.
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anyone think you will notice a big difference going from 1 gb to 2gb?
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Depends on what you do. My computer often goes past 1G of RAM use, but never reaches 2G. While the jump from 512M to 1G shows greater speed improvement for most people than 1G to 2G, if you keep a lot of apps running at once or use memory-intensive programs (including e.g. Parallels) then it will help a lot.
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There are two good ways to test your RAM. One is to boot from your OSX install CD. In there, there is a memory test that you can run to see if you have any bad sectors. There is also a program called Memtest OS X that you can use and that also detects bad sectors. I god G. Skill RAM for my MacBook, and I had no problems whatsoever with it.

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yea, when I initially installed parallels, it ran sooooo slow on my computer, so I just stopped using it. Now, I finally run vista!
MemTest is the program that I had heard about, I just couldn't remember the name, Thanks!
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