Is my system overtaxed? Activity monitor readout

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mikebike125, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    Hi, I have an aluminum iMac with a 2.4 core2duo and 3.0GB of RAM. I am currently running four programs and I am not sure if I am overtaxing my system and possibly I might need more memory. The readout of my activity monitor is

    Free 14.25MB
    Wired 266.04MB
    Active 1.79GB
    Inactive 956.2MB
    Used 2.98GB

    Since the free is so low, is that bad? I have 956 Inactive......what does that mean? I am not sure of the difference between Free and inactive... Your thoughts?
     
  2. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    Well, that seems to have explained it. If the combination of free and inactive becomes low then I should be worried. In my case I have about a gig left so I think I'm just fine. Thanks!!
     

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