2009 Macbook Pro HIGH memory usage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SoCalMatt, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. SoCalMatt macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Recently, my Macbook Pro has been experiencing a HIGH usage of memory and has been freezing. Below is my Macbook Pro's specifications & 1st page of Activity Monitor Usage.

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  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You have 3.7GB of cache there. Nothing looks abnormal from the memory usage perspective. That cache will be released as applications need it.
    What I would investigate is the Spotify Helper that's hung up. What do you see under CPU usage?
  3. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
    I honestly wouldn't even worry about it. You aren't hitting your 8GBs that you have installed and even then, Mavericks will resort to compression before it starts paging. Seeing as how your compression and page usage are 0, I wouldn't worry.

    As for Spotify, is it even open? A lot of times it will run in the background and use up unnecessary CPU and RAM resources (albeit rather small %). It's located under Spotify Preferences -> Allow Spotify to be opened from the web.
  4. SoCalMatt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    My CPU has >80% idle so no issue there. Any idea what could cause my computer to be freezing when browsing the web. I tend to have Spotify, Chrome (5-8 tabs) and microsoft office open all at once.
  5. DRob macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2008
    kernel_task was slowing down my sister's computer a few months back. This is what fixed it for me. Credit goes to someone else from some other site.

    "1. Go to About this mac under the apple in the upper left and click on More info
    2. Click on system report
    3. make a note of what it says after Model Identifier
    4. go to your master drive – System -Library – Extensions – IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext -Contents – Plugins – ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin.kext – Contents – Resources – find the name from step 3 and move it to a folder that you can find again if needed.
    3. Restart and you’re done"
  6. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Probably Chrome....
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Blindly removing system files is simply a bad idea.
  8. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    For some reason Spotify helper always appears to not be responding on my machine. I am running Mavericks 10.9.3 and though it appears to be not responding Spotify itself works fine.

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