Ram Issues?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Me1000, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Me1000 macrumors 68000

    Me1000

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    so I have this widget that tells me how much ram i have free...

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    That was after a reboot! :confused:

    So I open up the activity monitor
    and it shows this

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    what does this mean?
    Is it no big deal? or should I do something??

    Kind of scary that right after a reboot the kernal is using over a gig of my memory!
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    It's not. It's using 82.46mb. Those are normal numbers, I don't know what's up with your widget unless you only have like 256mb of RAM or something.

    Click on the "System Memory" tab at the bottom of that Activity Monitor window, combine "Inactive" and "Free" and that sum is your free memory.
     
  3. Me1000 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Me1000

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    ok, well i have 2GB
    my widget is now showing 42% free, (after I ran Photoshop! :confused: )

    my free is at 1.15 and inactive around 390

    so what does virtual memory mean in the activity monitor?
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    I would think the widget is flawed - those numbers you gave mean that 75% of your physical memory is free. Virtual Memory is reserve hard drive space that apps are holding as "memory" they can use.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Virtual_memory

    Also, is this an Intel system? Because running ANY PowerPC app (like Photoshop) eats a tremendous amount of RAM.
     
  5. Me1000 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Me1000

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    yeah it is intel, but it was CS3 that i ran...
     

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