a question about memory..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jhomayne, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. jhomayne macrumors regular

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    Why is it that even when I have all programs closed, and minimal widgets running, my memory widget still tells me that I only have >100mb of memory free? (out of 768) when earlier, with applications open, it will say like 200-300mb free

    This has never been a problem for me in the past, but ever since i got this widget I've been worried about memory leaks (and i've got rid of half my widgets ;))

    cheers for any help
     
  2. chv400 macrumors 6502

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    How much of your RAM does activity monitor say is inactive. I have 512MB and it says I only have 38MB free with itunes and firefox running yet Menu Meters tells me I have 217MB free which happens to be the same amount of RAM as the inactive and free totals added together.
     
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    I have that too. What isn't used gets swapped to the hard drive after a while. Restart and see what it says.... that cleans ALL RAM possible.
     
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Basically don't worry about it unless your machine gets really slow. OS X does all that memory management by itself.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    A great feature btw.
     
  6. jhomayne thread starter macrumors regular

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    Right. Nice one. :)

    Yeah I haven't noticed any "major" slowdown. Though sometimes some animation-heavy websites take longer than they used to to load (eg. http://www.heavy.com)
     
  7. geese macrumors 6502a

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    An answer about memory

    I had an answer, but I've forgotten it now.
     
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Seems you're in need of a memory upgrade :D
     

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