I have safari and preview open and most of my ram is inactive. The system has slowed to a crawl, beach balls galore. How do I make the inactive ram active? So far the only solution I can think of is to open many massive photoshop CS3 files and let it eat the inactive ram (immensely slow) and then quit it to recover the ram and make it free. I am in the process of doing that and it's painfully slow (compared to opening those PS files when instead of being inactive, the ram is free). I have 2GB by the way, am I missing something? Edit: after doing the PS thing, I got all my free ram back, but a few seconds later all of the green began slowly being taken over by the blue, and now a couple of minutes later, I'm back where I started! And everything is SLOW!