Kernel_task is using up over 1.75gb RAM!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lip5016, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. lip5016, Sep 5, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2014

    lip5016 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    Hey guys, so I'm a musician, I produce music in Logic X.. I use a ton of plugins and processing, which eats up a bunch of my free resources on my MacBook Pro.. I looked at my Activity Monitor and saw that "kernel_task" was using up 1.75gb+ of my RAM!

    I did some research on this, and found some information in this one video that you're supposed to delete the MacBookPro8_2.plist (which corresponds to my MacBook Pro) from the your Macintosh HD System Library Extensions (as documented in below article and video)..

    I then restarted my computer, opened Logic X and nothing else besides that, and noticed that kernel_task was still running @ 1.75gb RAM.. So I closed Logic X, ran and fixed disk permission, restarted again, reopened just Logic X, and the kernel_task is still taking up the same amount of RAM.. I made sure and double checked that the .plist was removed and emptied from my trash bin, and re-ran disk permissions utility, restarted again, and still nothing..

    Is this normal for "kernel_task" to be using up this much of my system's memory/RAM? It's really a huge deal for me since I only have 8gb RAM total on my MacBook Pro, and Logic X is constantly crashing/freezing up.. Does anybody have any input on this? Thanks! :)

    website w/detailed instructions:

    I posted this same thread in the Forums over @ .. hoping that I could find an answer to this problem, and one of the members requested I ran the "etresoft" report on my system.. Still waiting on a response on both Forums, but I figured I'd post my system report here as well, in hope that someone can find an answer to why Logic X is constantly giving me the "System Overload" error message when I have all my tracks frozen, from the beginning to end of the project, straight through, and only have 6 aux busses, with only maybe 4 or 5 plugins on each.. and nothing on my Master channel, besides Sonalksis Free-G (for more accurate metering, since Logic's meters are awful, and since Free-G probably doesn't use up many resources at all)..

    Also, it's my birthday today, so if one of you guys could solve this constantly recurring problem for me, that would be the best birthday gift ever!! :D

    EtreCheck version: 1.9.15 (52)
    Report generated September 5, 2014 at 7:58:46 PM EDT

    Hardware Information: ?
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) (Verified)
    MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro8,2
    1 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU: 4 cores
    8 GB RAM

    Video Information: ?
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 - VRAM: 512 MB
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M - VRAM: 1024 MB
    Color LCD 1680 x 1050
    S27C750 spdisplays_1080p

    System Software: ?
    OS X 10.9.4 (13E28) - Uptime: 0 days 0:12:18

    Disk Information: ?
    APPLE HDD HTS727575A9E362 disk0 : (750.16 GB)
    S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified
    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
    Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 749.3 GB (476.61 GB free)
    Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB


    ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB disk1 : (1 TB)
    S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified
    EFI (disk1s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
    LUD PAPP 631-742-5297 - PLZ CALL IF FOUND (disk1s2) /Volumes/LUD PAPP 631-742-5297 - PLZ CALL IF FOUND: 999.86 GB (177.8 GB free)

    USB Information: ?
    Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)
    GenesysLogic USB2.0 Hub
    iLok iLok
    Syncrosoft eLicenser
    Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
    Apple Inc. BRCM2070 Hub
    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
    RME Babyface (23627114)
    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver
    Burr-Brown from TI USB audio CODEC

    Thunderbolt Information: ?
    Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus
    Elgato Systems Thunderbolt Dock
    LaCie Rugged mini

    Gatekeeper: ?

    Kernel Extensions: ?
    [loaded] at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch (4208 - SDK 10.8) Support
    [not loaded] com.caiaq.driver.NIUSBGuitarRigMobileDriver (2.6.0 - SDK 10.8) Support
    [not loaded] com.caiaq.driver.NIUSBHardwareDriver (2.6.0 - SDK 10.8) Support
    [not loaded] com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.leopard (5.9.1 - SDK 10.4) Support
    [not loaded] com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.master (5.9.1 - SDK 10.6) Support
    [not loaded] com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.panther (5.9.1 - SDK 10.3) Support
    [loaded] com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.snowleopard (5.9.1 - SDK 10.6) Support
    [not loaded] com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.tiger (5.9.1 - SDK 10.4) Support
    [loaded] de.rme-audio.driver.RMEFirefaceUSB (1.95 - SDK 10.8) Support

    Launch Daemons: ?
    [running] at.obdev.littlesnitchd.plist Support
    [running] com.bjango.istatmenusdaemon.plist Support
    [loaded] Support
    [running] com.paceap.eden.licensed.plist Support
    [loaded] PACESupport.plist Support

    Launch Agents: ?
    [running] Support
    [loaded] Support
    [loaded] Support
    [loaded] Support
    [running] at.obdev.LittleSnitchUIAgent.plist Support
    [running] com.bjango.istatmenusagent.plist Support
    [running] de.rme-audio.RMEfirefaceUSBAgent.plist Support

    User Launch Agents: ?
    [loaded] Support
    [loaded] com.macpaw.CleanMyMac2Helper.diskSpaceWatcher.plist Support
    [loaded] com.macpaw.CleanMyMac2Helper.scheduledScan.plist Support
    [loaded] com.macpaw.CleanMyMac2Helper.trashWatcher.plist Support

    User Login Items: ?

    Internet Plug-ins: ?
    Default Browser: Version: 537 - SDK 10.9
    QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
    SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.0.0 Support

    Audio Plug-ins: ?
    BluetoothAudioPlugIn: Version: 1.0 - SDK 10.9
    AirPlay: Version: 2.0 - SDK 10.9
    AppleAVBAudio: Version: 203.2 - SDK 10.9
    iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.3 - SDK 10.9

    iTunes Plug-ins: ?
    Quartz Composer Visualizer: Version: 1.4 - SDK 10.9

    3rd Party Preference Panes: ?
    Native Instruments USB Audio Support

    Time Machine: ?
    Skip System Files: NO
    Auto backup: YES
    Volumes being backed up:
    Macintosh HD: Disk size: 697.84 GB Disk used: 253.96 GB
    LUD PAPP 631-742-5297 - PLZ CALL IF FOUND: Disk size: 931.19 GB Disk used: 765.60 GB
    Lud Papp's Time Capsule [Network] (Last used)
    Total size: 2 TB
    Total number of backups: 29
    Oldest backup: 2014-08-25 06:10:18 +0000
    Last backup: 2014-09-05 20:51:32 +0000
    Size of backup disk: Too small
    Backup size 2 TB < (Disk used 1019.57 GB X 3)
    Time Machine details may not be accurate.
    All volumes being backed up may not be listed.

    Top Processes by CPU: ?
    32% Logic Pro X
    7% WindowServer
    2% TotalmixFX
    1% coreaudiod
    0% fontd

    Top Processes by Memory: ?
    4.33 GB Logic Pro X
    82 MB Finder
    82 MB mds_stores
    66 MB WindowServer
    49 MB ocspd

    Virtual Memory Information: ?
    126 MB Free RAM
    2.58 GB Active RAM
    2.47 GB Inactive RAM
    1.82 GB Wired RAM
    607 MB Page-ins
    2 MB Page-outs
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    That's where Mac OS X's file cache lives. On Mac OS X, like most UNIX and UNIX derived systems, free ram is wasted ram.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    What exactly is your problem? Are you experiencing performance degradation or other issues?
  4. lip5016 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    I have all my tracks frozen, and I can't get Logic X to play for more than 8 bars without "System Overload" warning..

    MacBook Pro 2.4ghz i7 4-cores, 8gb ram, 750gb 7200rpm hd

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