is my ram screwed up?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jkaz, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. jkaz macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Before opening this web browser, out of 8GB of RAM installed, 460mb were free, 2gb were inactive and over 4 gb were active.

    if only my activity monitor is running, why don't i have something like 6gb+ of free ram?
     
  2. Meyvn macrumors 6502

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    How do you have it configured? Do you have 8x1GB? 4x2GB? 2x4GB?

    Also, are you ignoring the Wired memory?
     
  3. Peace macrumors P6

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    You probably just need to do some maintenance.

    I highly recommend Cocktail. Great app.
     
  4. sammich macrumors 601

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    Don't worry about it. The way OS X handles RAM is by leaving as much in memory as possible until it starts running out of free ram. Then it will start dumping inactive ram by oldest unused memory. Only when your page outs start to outnumber the page ins should you be even remotely concerned.

    You have nothing to worry about. If the OS constantly dumped inactive RAM to give you more free memory, then if you were to use that memory again, it would have to go back to the hard drive again, which is MUCH slower.
     
  5. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the responses, at my office now, computer in question is at home. I thought wired memory was constant so I didn't list it and I forgot to check the RAM config.

    The reason why I even noticed my RAM was that some videos I was watching and a game I loaded were excessively slow. They were running as if I were out of RAM.
     

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