freeing up memory - how do I do that!!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kwahl, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. kwahl macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2008
    I finally figured out how to get into the activity monitor and it's looking a little full: 12.30 MB free (system memory) 13.36 GB (disk usage - with both firefox and network totally full - 0 bytes).

    Just trying to figure out why it's all running slower and now would like some help on what do next to empty these out!

    Thanks so much!
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Can you post a screen shot or list exactly what the bottom section of the System Memory section says in Activity Monitor.

    Also, what version of OS X are you running?

  4. kwahl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2008
    OS X version 10.3.9

    The system memory section says: wired 90.26 MB Active: 188.61MB Inactive: 240.37 MB Used: 520.75 Free: 250.21 MB VM size: 3.65 GB
    Color wheel total = 768.00 MB
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Don't worry, be happy. Let OSX handle the memory for you.

    The thing to look for is the ratio of page ins to page outs.

    You are wanting Page Outs to be around 5% of the Page Ins
    If the Page Outs are getting higher than 10% (10:1 ratio ins to outs ) then you should start thinking of buying more RAM, or failing that, cutting down on the number of programs you run, and getting rid of unnecessary processes.
  6. darwinian macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2008
    In R4, more or less
    It sounds silly, but restarting a machine that's been running for days on end will at least give you a fresh start on your memory usage.

    As others have said, check those page ins/outs and don't worry about Inactive memory - for all intent and purposes that's free. If you haven't already, grab iStat Menus and monitor your RAM usage. Fun galore.

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