What is wrong? (less RAM free)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rye9, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    I started out last week with 200MB of RAM free w/ no apps open, now with no apps open i only have 100MB RAM free...why is this and what should I do to get it back?
  2. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    OS X automatically scales RAM. If that was after a restart (the more RAM) it would explain why less is used. The longer it is on the more processes/apps will use the RAM. It would be bad for a system to have unused RAM even with no apps open there are always processes running.
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Inactive RAM is also essentially free RAM. If you close an application, OS X keeps that app's RAM info as inactive. It is available for use if you need it for something else, but will make reopening the closed application much faster if that information is still there.

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