Am I running low on RAM memory ?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by andy8, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. andy8 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2009
    I'm not sure how I should interpret the statistics of Activity Monitor so I decided to post it here so that someone would help me note; if I'm running low on RAM. My Macbook Pro - (currently on 4GB) was very sluggish and that was the reason why I decided to check my Activity Monitor.

  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Doesn't look it, your page outs are relatively low, your available ram is rather high, that is OSX hasn't needed to use it (yet).
  4. radarbob macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    I don't think your system is stressed for memory.

    For grins, try "zapping the PRAM" ... Restart the computer and hold down ⌘-option-P-R. Hold it until you hear the "bong". Old timer conventional wisdom says to keep holding the key combo for 3 "bong"s, then let go - the computer will start up.
  5. chrfr macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2009
    Your computer was feeling sluggish because Flash Player and Safari were using the vast majority of CPU power there. No amount of RAM will fix that.
  6. leman macrumors 604

    Oct 14, 2008
    The page outs are almost the same as page ins however (!). The figure is rather meaningless here though, as it seems that the computer was restarted recently. But it still could indicate a RAM problem. On the other hand, ML's Safari RAM usage is simply insane...
  7. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Exactly. I don't know why people even bother to give advice about RAM. The reason for sluggishness is quite obvious and has nothing to do with RAM. Hell he has 50% free.
  8. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
    Behind ProtonVPN
    you've about 2GBs free memory (Inactive = available to be free) the only reason could be the Flash/Safari CPU usage.

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