Activity Monitor

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  1. macornomac macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys could someone take a look at my activity monitor screen and see if all is normal?????? My question is what is launchcd and pboard since they are using a lot of real memory. Also anything on there I can get rid of??? Thanks so much
     

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  2. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Looks normal; nothing's eating up a lot of physical RAM (real size). However Safari might go up to 200-300MB if you leave it open and/or open a few more tabs
     
  4. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot. Good to know.
     
  5. seabass1213 macrumors newbie

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    Hmm.... thats weird some how the pboard ran, which is not completly recommended, (provides pasteboard services.) it can maye crash your comptuer sometimes, just try restaring you comptuer, which closes all apps, and then everything should be running ok then. If its still running u can repsond back.
     
  6. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hello again. Yeah that pboard is still showing up in activity monitor. Are you saying it shouldn't be there? I shut down the comp and restarted and yup it's there.
     
  7. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    You can Force Quit the things that are "User" and you'll be fine .. Closing "root" processes is the section that's not 'safe' to mess with .. :eek:
     
  8. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So does everyone recommend me to force quit pboard??? How the heck did t show up in there anyhow????
     
  9. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see the quit process button but no force quit. Also what the heck is lauchcd???
     
  10. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Both 'launchd' (which controls process launching, such as boot and scheduled programs) and 'pboard', are using next to no RAM.

    They are both about 500KB or 0.5MB of RAM usage, which is next to nothing.

    I have pboard running as well (on Leopard), I suggest leaving both of them alone and not worrying about it.
     
  11. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    On the contrary they are using hardly any memory, they both using less then one 1mb is its kb. I think you missed the units. And I wouldn't worry about either of them. Its not worth force quitting they are normal.
     
  12. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok good to know just wondered if anyone else had the same thing going. Thanks a lot.
     
  13. seabass1213 macrumors newbie

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    Like i said pboard is actually bad for your computer
    Try force quitting, Macor this can make you mac crash down which is bad, try force quitting like someone above said. Try that
     
  14. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    So i take you quit this process every time you boot up? What a waste of time. Its part of OS X. Most people have never had any issues with it. It simply runs copying / pasting. This is normal.

    Could we please have a reference for why you think it makes systems unstable?
     
  15. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I never had any problems with my mac crashing. I'll just leave the pboard since everyone else says they have it.
     
  16. seabass1213 macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    Why dont u do research on the pboard before you repsond, the pboard is an application that comes with Leopard which can cause crashes in APPLICATIONS! and sometimes comp, so i recommend you dont run it, because it a stronger past and copy Application, so just quit it what i recommend, because u dont need a high tech application to copy and paste.

    -Mac Geek
     
  17. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Its part of OS X yes. Its designed to be run as a service in the background. Also I did do research i couldn't find anyone who had issues with it. But as i stated could you please give me a reference of people having issues with pboard? I sure can't find any.
     
  18. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    So users should not start the process but that doesn't mean that the OS can't. The only thing I found that says pboard has caused a crash was on someones hackintosh.

    It is currently running on both of my machines and a search through the logs brings up no entries.
     
  20. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    The "Mac Geek" seems to be a bit of a practical joker. :rolleyes:

    Now let's apply the common sense test: If what he said was true, would Leopard ship with this application and start it automatically for you? Even if we believed that this might possibly be the case, would we believe that a person with so little respect for the English language would know something that all these well-paid Apple developers don't know?
     
  21. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I have also found people having issues when integrating it with an application. But those were all coding issues......not pboards fault.
     
  22. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    pboard is responsible for keeping the little gremlins away that mess with your spelling. Looks like you turned it off. You shouldn't do that. :p
     
  23. macornomac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So whats the verdict??? haha pboard ok or no??? Great my macbook is going to blow up now.
     
  24. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    My question, is how you have so little % going. I don't know for sure, but I probably have more RAM and such, and I'm constantly using atleast 6-15% of my thing according to Activity monitor. But perhaps I don't understand it that well..

    I guess a better question is, why do I only have like 600MB of memory available with 4GB of RAM total, and only Opera, Activity Monitor, MSN Messenger, iTunes, and Finder running? ;.;
     

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