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From the desk of Andrew, our Hostmaster:

So my Apple Mac mini starts crashing. A LOT.
And it never crashes. Until yesterday.

Yesterday it crashed, sputtered and/or rebooted 5 times.
So what’s next? It’s crashing for “no good reason”, so where do we go from here?

All Apple Macs come with an integrated system diagnostics mode which will, among other things, test your RAM.

Here’s how to run an Apple Mac diagnostic check:

1. Shut down your Mac completely.
2. Turn on your Mac, while holding the “D” button (“D” for “Diagnostics”)
3. Follow the on-screen prompts (press “T”, more or less). If any errors show up, you’ll see them.

I’m using after-market memory that comes with a lifetime warranty, so replacing it won’t be much of an issue.
RAM can fail, from time to time. Even high-quality RAM. It’s good to test it if you’re having weird crashes often.

Here’s an Apple Support document for reference:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1509

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