Is my system overtaxed? Activity monitor readout

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

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2007
    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


    Mar 25, 2007
    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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