Is 1GB of Pageouts a lot for a MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mrsir2009, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    How much RAM do you have, and what's your uptime? Sounds like you need more RAM, but that's not MacBook-specific, just general principle.
     
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  5. cube macrumors G5

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    Looking at the totals in Activity Monitor is useless.

    You have to look at the instant activity in top.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not useless. The instant activity won't tell you if you're paging or not. The System Memory tab at the bottom of Activity Monitor will.
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    The total activity tells you nothing about how much the system is paging.

    If you look at the instant activity with your heaviest workload, you will know if you need more memory.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, the total tells you the total amount of page outs since the last restart. The swap file used tells you the current amount of drive space consumed by swap files. This is certainly enough information to determine how much the system is paging under normal workloads. It's unrealistic to expect that a user can spot the exact peaks of memory usage in the instant activity. The instant activity does not show paging activity.
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    You have no idea how much is too much if you look at the totals.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can. Read the post I linked to in post #4.
     
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