So please move this if it is in the wrong forum, but I don't belong to any computer forums and figured someone here might be able to help me. I consider myself very knowledgeable with computers, but obviously don't know everything.
So a few years ago I upgraded the RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB on my Late 2008 MacBook Pro. I didn't put the two together at the time, but sometime after the upgrade (I think), I began to have crashing problems. For this threat, the crashes are always the following: when I open up my laptop, the screen either doesn't turn on or quickly flashes and returns to black, and the backlight goes on. The computer freezes, and then must be manually restarted. It was really a nonissue at first, and only happened every 3 months or so. This year it started accelerating (don't know why) and went from every month to every week to almost every other day. I read online that it might be the RAM, and had it swapped out last week. I thought that might've fixed it but unfortunately it crashed again this morning. I was wondering what else this could be? I have reinstalled the OS (Mavericks, latest version) from a backup a few months ago for an unrelated problem. This is the only issue I am having with this computer, it has been great other than this. I don't want to put any money into it (the RAM replacement was free) because I am getting a new Retina once they update them next.
Any ideas, questions or potential fixes will be strongly welcomed. This computer has really been babied. The only other upgrade was like 2 years ago I replaced the stock 320 GB 5400 rpm drive to a 750 GB 7200 rpm drive.