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Hello,

I have a Macbook Pro from about 3 years ago. I have replaced the HDD with a 256GB SSD and upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 8GB. Both items were brought from non-apple retailers.

I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9.2.

I have 100GB of music, I take photos (large RAW data images from my Nikon DSLR's and do much photo/video editing: Adobe Elements, premiere, lightroom, etc.

As time has gone on throughout these months, my Macbook has been crashing while running one of those listed programs.

I do not know what else there is to do. I really don't want to spend $2000 on a new Macbook just yet. At this point, I would need at least 512GB;SSD (I'll never use HDD again). My current one is starting to show its age and I do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on parts that may or may not improve it by much....look where that's got me now.

Should I suck it up and cough up the dough for a new one? Or are there any other suggestions on what can be done to improve my current Macbooks performance? With photo/video editing as the main use, its a tough call.

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Has it always crashed like this or is this a more recent thing?
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Recent. As in the last few months. It can run a program from 5 minutes to an hour. Doesn't matter how many other programs there are.

Sometimes the program itself just crashes, sometimes the computer restarts and it always tells me there's was a problem (error message), but never says what it was other than "Report" or "ignore".
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...and upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 8GB.
How long ago did you upgrade the ram?

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SSD = replaced 12 months ago
RAM = replaced 6 months ago.
upgraded to OS X = 1.5 months ago

This whole crashing scenario started 3 months ago.

I tried switching back to the old ram. Same issue continues. i reinstalled all the photo/video editing software. No luck.
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I tried switching back to the old ram. Same issue continues.
That was a great idea switching back to the old ram as a test. Too bad it didn't help.

Here are three things to try:

- SMC Reset
- NVRAM/PRAM Reset
- Run Onyx (free maintenance app)

Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)
About NVRAM and PRAM
Titanium's Software • Index page

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- Nick

- Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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When you get it going right, consider an external hard drive in a caddy connected to the Firewire 800 port and use that for you music and photos. USB2 will be simply too slow.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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