how do i check my ram usage?

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  1. JosephEsquivel macrumors regular

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    #1
    how can i check to see how much of my 1 gig of RAM im using at a given time?
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    go to Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor. Click the tab which says System Memory. It should look something like this;
     

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  3. JosephEsquivel thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    There's a widget as well that provides a more basic view of the info in a neat package. I can't remember the name of it, but I found it in the OSX section of Apple.com, so you can find it there too.

    Also, I use an app called MenuMeters. It's a lightweight app that displays basics of your CPU usage, memory, and network in the menubar (sandwiched nicely between Airport and Volume). Google it, it's really all I use and it's very convenient...
     
  5. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I use iStat for all my system monitoring needs. It's great :)
     
  6. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    What do each of the memory usages mean? Such as Free, Wired, Inactive, Active, Used. How do I decipher that?
     

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