New iMac-running out of memory already??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by immalex, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. immalex macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2010
    I have a 2010 model iMac 27 inch, upgraded to Lion. 4Gb Ram.
    Please have a look at my activity monitor screen shot. I have only like two applications open, Safari and Mail. But i only have less than 700mb out of 4GB ram?

    My computer have been really really slow. Please help .
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Browsers tend to eat up memory after a long time of use. I put 8gb of ram in my iMac and at times the ram still gets eaten up with heavy photo editing and long times spent in Safari. The easiest solution if you don't want to spend the 20 bucks for 8gigs of ram is to just quit safari periodically if you plan on using it for a long time.
  3. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Based on provided numbers, your system has enough RAM. Your system is slow because Flash is "chewing up" 49.6% of CPU time. This is very bad. Suggest converting back to SL - until current problems with Lion & Flash are resolved.

  4. immalex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2010
    Just ordered 8 GB of ram. The cheapest I found is $40 from neweggs
    BTW where can you get it for $20?
  5. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    Looking at his signature, I think he meant 8GB total, by adding another 2x2GB sticks to his iMac .. 4GB standard + 4GB DIY installed RAM, so $20 is normal.

    12GB total RAM should be a breeze for you. I did it too and I thanked myself. Maybe because 64-bit support in Lion is much more dominant, maybe ..

    Because my 64bit Win7 bootcamp eat up around 1.2GB when idle!! It only use 600MB when I use 32bit :(
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Technically; yes, but that's not really how it works. You also have 1GB of inactive RAM which stores data from recently used applications, it can be utilised the second a process needs more ram or a new process is started.

    Read this.

    As previously stated, the issue is more likely to with Flash consuming 50% of the CPU time. If you haven't already I'd suggest installing the ClickToFlash extension for Safari so you can enable flash as needed, it will also enable HTML5 video on lots of sites (such as YouTube) which require less CPU than the flash equivalents.
  7. immalex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2010
    Thanks all. Using firefox and chrome now :)))))) no more safari!!
    Can't wait for my 8gb of ram!!
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Your problem won't be different with those browsers. The problem is still FLash.
  9. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    flash is dead long live HTML5
    there is no need for flashplayer , so uninstall it and your Mac will run more happy
  10. QUADDDCORE macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
  11. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    Safari uses a lot of memory in Lion because of the back-and-forth page swipe feature (no page reloading). I really like this feature. FWIW, Safari runs great on both my '09 MBP w/ 8GB of RAM and, of course, my '11 iMac w/ 16 GB of RAM (both upgraded to Lion). I think you'll find Safari running much better after you receive your RAM upgrade.

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