Are Widgets Huge Memory Hogs?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jlmillstein, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. jlmillstein macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    My macbook seems to have been running a bit slow lately, and I've been thinking about upgrading to 2gigs of ram. I recently removed some widgets from my dashboard though, Translator, Weather and a widget called air traffic control. Would it be totally crazy for me to imagine that it freed up enough memory to make a noticeable difference?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'm a little surprised you don't already have 2 GB of RAM. Widgets can be major memory hogs.
  3. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    I actually recommend against running ANY widgets on a mac laptop with less than 2 gb of ram. Even if all you do is run safari and itunes, adding 2-3 widgets that look on the 'net periodically for new info will cause a major slow-down.

    In fact, I wouldn't use any widgets at all unless you really need them.

    I have 7-8 widgets running on my mac pro, but it has 10gb of RAM.

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