Economizing memory

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Beachguy, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

    Beachguy

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    Nov 23, 2011
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    Since my MBA is a 2011, it is maxed at 4GB of RAM. I rarely run into issues since the SSD is so fast at swapping that it usually isn't an issue. For example, right now I am installing a VMWare image with Windows 8 while my Chrome based browser has 25 pages loaded, and performance is okay. It's one of the things I love about this little tool.

    But I'm curious... on Windows, I often killed services and software that loaded upon start that I did not need. On my MBA, is this also possible? Are there things I can stop from loading that I may not need? If so, where can I go for a reference on such things?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    May 16, 2008
    #2
    Delete any non-essential items from the following locations:
    • System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items
      (Lion users: System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items)

    • /Library/LaunchAgents/ and ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
      (Lion users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path)

    • /Library/StartupItems/
      (Lion users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path)

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
     
  3. Beachguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Beachguy

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    Nov 23, 2011
    #3
    Excellent! That was what I was seeking. Many thanks, GGJ.
     

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