8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2013 2:01 PM by tal1971
tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

I've ordered my first Mac, (27 inch iMac) and I've ordered some ram to install in the iMac when it arrives.

 

I was wondering, how do I check the installed ram for faults?

 

Is there a application etc with Mountain Lion that would allow me to do this?

 

Thanks


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  • 1. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,765 points)

    Although I've never used it I think there is an application called Rember that will check RAM.

    The best test is if you plug it in and it works and you don't get any kernel panics you're probably good to go.

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/15837/rember

  • 2. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Paul_31 wrote:

     

    Although I've never used it I think there is an application called Rember that will check RAM.

    The best test is if you plug it in and it works and you don't get any kernel panics you're probably good to go.

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/15837/rember

     

    Thanks for the help Paul.

     

    I've never owned a Mac before so I know very little, when you mention about kernal panics, what are these and how do I check for them. Thanks again.

  • 3. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    tal1971 wrote:

     

    I was wondering, how do I check the installed ram for faults?

     

    Is there a application etc with Mountain Lion that would allow me to do this?

     

    the apple hardware test (AHT)

  • 4. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,765 points)

    Kernel Panics are generally not common and seem to be mostly caused by out of date software or suspect RAM. You'll immediately know if one has happened - the screen will go black as if a blind is being drawn down from the top and in the centre there will be multi-language text saying that an error occurred and you should restart your Mac (or words to that effect). A panic log will be produced which you'll be able to find using the pre-installed application called Console. The log can often give clues as to the cause of the KP.

    KP's are not something you expect and to put it in context, I can count on one hand how many I've had in 20 years of Mac ownership - across numerous variations of Apple computers.

  • 5. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    shldr2thewheel wrote:

     

    tal1971 wrote:

     

    I was wondering, how do I check the installed ram for faults?

     

    Is there a application etc with Mountain Lion that would allow me to do this?

     

    the apple hardware test (AHT)

     

    I've had a look at the link but couldnt see any mention if it checked ram for faults. Can you confirm that it does check ram for faults?

     

    Thanks for the help, appreciate it.

  • 6. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Paul_31 wrote:

     

    Kernel Panics are generally not common and seem to be mostly caused by out of date software or suspect RAM. You'll immediately know if one has happened - the screen will go black as if a blind is being drawn down from the top and in the centre there will be multi-language text saying that an error occurred and you should restart your Mac (or words to that effect). A panic log will be produced which you'll be able to find using the pre-installed application called Console. The log can often give clues as to the cause of the KP.

    KP's are not something you expect and to put it in context, I can count on one hand how many I've had in 20 years of Mac ownership - across numerous variations of Apple computers.

     

    Thanks for the help again Paul, appreciate it.

  • 7. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    yes, I have done this myself.  Run the extended test.

  • 8. Re: Installed ram, how to check it for faults?
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    shldr2thewheel wrote:

     

    yes, I have done this myself.  Run the extended test.

     

    Thanks very much for the help shldr2thewheel, its much appreciated.