beachball problem

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by scooter1, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. scooter1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    Hello, Im fairly new to macs having purchased a white macbook in April, sometimes when I am multi-tasking I get the spinning beachball and was wondering how I can see if it is being caused by a lack of RAM or if my hard drive is bogging down, I have 2 GB RAM on my macbook. thanks
  2. stanfordb macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    Just a guess....SWAP usage (you can check this in Activity Monitor, Swap used - Page IN/OUTS).

    Sadly, some common daily-use apps like e.g. SAFARI are HUGE memory eaters, and from my POV (and i'm not the only one) there is a bug with Safaris memory management.

    E.g. right now, only 2 tabs are open, google and macrumors forum... though Safari still eats up +1,3 GB of RAM (despite i closed the other tabs before) and it does not give up it's "inactive memory" - not even if another app requires it - not even if i close all tabs, windows and wait for hours. (only way to prevent this, is quitting Safari after a browsing session)

    So HDD-swapping occurs - system slows down.

    Upgrading from 2 -> 4 GB RAM helped a bit, but still at some point the HDD was used for swapping.

    so i upgraded to a SSD - this was the speedboost i was looking for.

    Still HDD swapping occurs, but due to the "speed" of SSDs, you don't recognize it anymore.

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