Safari hogging all my RAM!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by YoYoMa, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    I keep my Mac running pretty much all the time and what I notice is, after visiting a few websites, my RAM keeps disappearing. Even if I close all of the Safari windows, my RAM will still be gone. Then, when I quit safari, I'll get a HUGE amount of RAM back, sometimes over 256MB. Is this normal?

    PS-- When I say a few websites, I mean less than ten. The way I browse usually, I'll keep maybe four tabs open, and rotate sites between them, but usually don't have to visit more than 10 sites for me to notice this massive irritation. I literally have to keep quitting and reopening Safari.

    Am I the only one? Does anyone know why it's happening and how to prevent it?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    1. large amount of flash, pictures on a webpage normally consume more ram
    2. you are not talking about virtue memory, are you?
     
  3. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    That's because of caching....it's a feature, not a bug.
     
  4. YoYoMa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not a lot of flash things at all. Most of the sites I frequent are forums and such. I'll keep an eye on it in regards to this though. Could you give me a more detailed description of what caching is and it's purpose? Also, am I the only one that is bothered by the fact that I have to completely quit out of Safari multiple times a day to keep my RAM at a decant level? Quite an inconvenience for a "feature" that I've previously gotten along fine without.
     
  5. Schnebar macrumors 6502

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    Maybe you are running safari under rosetta?

    Go to get info to check.
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Safari's a RAM hog, and forums, well, yeah, you're going to lose some RAM because of all the vBulletin stuff. :)
     
  7. NATO macrumors 68000

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    Over time (days/weeks), I've noticed Safari's 'Real Memory' usage can increase to 700MB+ :eek:

    It's usually just a case of quitting and restarting to reclaim all that lost RAM.

    Really needs to be something that is fixed in a future version of Safari.
     
  8. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Caching makes frequently visited pages load faster by keeping a local copy of unchanged portions (images and such). You can empty it by pressing option-command-E (or choosing "Empty Cache" from the Safari menu :rolleyes: ). However, this has, on occasion, actually caused Safari to use more of my RAM (usually when several other RAM-hungry apps are also running.)
     
  9. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Safari is most definitely a memory hog.

    It's even funner on 2.4kb dial-up

    Even with a G5 2.0 my system will lock up every once in a while, but
    mostly when linking to a .pdf document online.

    I get beach balled almost every time.
     
  10. csubear macrumors 6502a

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    I've recently noticed this as well. I've had it consume up to 600mb of real memory. This is a recent development, and I would assume that apple changed their caching algorithm, or they introduced a rather large memory leak. Either way the memory usage never goes down. Its getting to the point that I am going to stop using safari, and start using firefox.
     
  11. furious macrumors 65816

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