Inactive ram taking 2 gb AHHHHHH

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  1. bloogersnigen macrumors regular

    bloogersnigen

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    it say that Inactive ram is taking up 2.11 GB of ram. I have a dual 1.8 ghz power mac with 3 GB of ram. After restarting it goes to normal but after about 30 minutes uses up another 2.11 GB of ram. What is happing, what is inactive ram, and how do I stop it.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Don't worry about it. Inactive RAM is RAM that has been assigned to a specific process, isn't needed anymore and can now be assigned to any other process. It's in no way a problem. :)

    A good rule of thumb is to look at the combined Free RAM and Inactive RAM to determine how much useable RAM you actually have. :cool:
     
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    Mad this could help him :p
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    How's that post count coming? And what the heck are you laughing at?

    Like madjew said, its nothing to worry about. The only problem comes when you're starting to have a lot of pagein/outs. You can open up Activity Monitor and check that. But I imagine with 3GB of RAM, you have very little to worry about.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Nice work iphil. That's a much more succinct answer. :p
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There needs to be a bolded statement in the FAQ's, Guides, and in the user agreement about inactive RAM in OS X. :rolleyes:
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very true. :)
     
  8. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    Get the stick of your b utt.

    Im not trying to up my post count, if I cared about a post count I would post way more often.
     

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