Can someone help me understand this Activity Monitor parts

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  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I just received an older mac mini and have never really looked at the activity monitor because - well I guess I didn't need to.

    Can someone help explain these to me - perhaps in the context of if I should add memory, etc?

    Thanks!!

    MEMORY:
    [​IMG]

    DISK USAGE:
    [​IMG]

    DISK ACTIVITY:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Based on that System Memory screenshot, you do not need more memory.

    If you were regularly running low on memory you would see a high number (like 1+GB) in that Page outs: section.

    I assume here this screenshot was taken after using the computer a while.
     
  3. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! Yes...at that time it had been on for 6 days. Granted I don't think there was any apps running at the time.

    Is there a place/website that explains what all the settings (VM Size, Page In/Outs, etc) mean as related to OS X?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is a good tech support article from Apple here that explains it.
     
  5. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

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