Resolved High load averages

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  1. CodeBreaker, Aug 20, 2011
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    CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    I am running Lion for quite a long time now. The system is quite smooth and responsive. But I am noticing considerably higher load averages than SL.

    With just Safari and Mail open (both idle), the load is > 1. The CPU % is ~ 1-2 % with no disk activity and plenty of free memory (~ 600 MB).

    When the system is completely idle with only the system services running in the background, the load is around 0.5.

    I have never seen it fall below 0.4, while in SL, it used to go as low as 0.01.

    Is this a bug?
     
  2. C64 macrumors 65816

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    0.01? Yeah right. Processes like Dock, Finder and various System Processes already take up more each, even when everything is idle.
     
  3. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lol, sorry, typo. I meant 0.1. Any clue on why it refuses to go below 0.4?
     
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  5. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, I have a Core 2 Duo. I just upgraded the RAM to 8 GB, still no improvement in load averages.
     
  6. Lokheed macrumors regular

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    Really? Is this an issue? 0.1 to 0.4? Ring the alarms!!!

    I think you should watch Activity Monitor more closely. Is there anyway you could graft your Mac to yourself and watch it for 16 hours a day... you know, just in case?
     
  7. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Isn't 0.1 to 0.4 a 4X increase? While gaming (CoD, Borderlands, etc.) it almost crosses 3. This never happened with SL, no matter what I did with it.

    AFAIK it should not cross 2, for a system with 2 processors/cores. If it goes beyond 2, it indicates that the system is low on resources.

    I believe I have a Lion-worthy computer:

    2.4 GHz C2D
    8 GB RAM
    nVidia GeForce 9400 M
    250 GB HDD (>30% free space)
     
  8. CodeBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Fixed it. The culprit was a ghost network volume which was trying to mount every now and then. The load averages are fine now (better than SL).

    How's this?
     

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