RAM overuse

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  1. aureiden macrumors member

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    I feel like my Macbook is using too much RAM. I did install 2 GB of outside RAM several months ago, and it's been working beautifully until recently when my computer started using almost all of it constantly. It has nothing to do with CPU. Can anyone tell me why this is happening?

    Not sure if they'll help, but attached are the screencaps of Activity Monitor:
    image 1 = right after booting
    image 2 = after 6 min of use
    image 3 = after using it for a while
    image 4 = where it'll eventually settle and remain until booting again - sometimes it even goes down to around 4 MB
     

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  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    You're fine. Both the blue and green sections are good.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    He is fine, doesn't understand the graphic, and not adding the blue and green together to get a representation of memory available.

    There is a definition of the terms around somewhere, like in the help button on Activity monitor...

    Wired: Wired memory is information that can’t be cached to disk, so it must stay in RAM. The amount depends on what applications you are using.

    Active: Active memory is currently in RAM and actively being used.

    Inactive: Inactive memory is no longer being used and has been cached to disk. It will remain in RAM until another application needs the space. Leaving this information in RAM is to your advantage if you (or a client of your computer) come back to it later.

    Used: Used memory is being used by a process and not immediately available.

    Free: Free memory is not being used and is immediately available.
     
  4. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand that what I have available is both the green and blue. What I don't understand is why I have significantly less RAM available than I used to even though I'm not doing any different these days.
     
  5. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    your virtual memory usage seems kinda high too. I see a lot of folks bad-mouthing limewire, wonder if it effects RAM usage too?
     
  6. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    Limewire definitely uses up a lot of RAM, but I've always used it and it's clearly not what's causing this problem. Oddly enough, it's actually been good to me these days.
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Show all processes, and use the drag bar at the bottom to show all the columns.

    The memory one may show you an app running that is taking up more than before.

    But having 800MB free out of 2GB isn't too bad, but you are running something that gets you some pageouts every now and then.

    It might not even show up here, but in your logs as a process that is stalling and restarting all the time.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    lol 17gb aint that much.....
    over 150gb and youd get worried
     
  9. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    OMG! :eek: (not on my hard drive!) ;)
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha well yea.. u need the space. but yea. how much free space do u have??

    on my mbp i will normally use around 15-24gb VM..i have 24gb free...(WTH i swear i had 35gb.) hahaha dangit

    i find logging out and back in will pretty much reset all of ur RAM, and you get to keep ur uptime and most of the main system startup items are already loaded so its much quicker :)
     
  11. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Picture 1.png
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh ok so its pretty much maxing out all the avaliable space. its so different how OSX Vm is used compared to XP/Vista VM.
     
  13. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    True. And I'm really curious over the OP's usage...(and where its going...)
     
  14. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Yes indeed, he seems to be fine.

    Nice little guide there:p:)

    OP, it seems that you took these screenshots at different times. The first one seems to have been shortly after a boot-up, and the last one seems to be some time after a boot-up. Am I right? Just curious.:)
     
  15. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, you're right. If you refer back to my first post, I describe each image.


    And Sun Baked, here's the screenshot you requested.
     

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  16. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    LOL. Reading would have helped huh?:rolleyes::eek:

    I was looking at the "Page in/out":eek:
     
  17. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    On another note, do I sound like a guy? Or is it my gender-ambiguous username? Cos I'm a girl.
     
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    wow ok i thought u were a guy.
    mybad sorry:(
     
  19. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    haha, no, it's totally fine. i don't mind. you were one of three who did...! :eek:
     
  20. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha its just cauz its really hard to tell emotions, voices, anything over text based things.

    and also you wouldnt find an incredible amount of women in the IT arena, although it is increasing. good for the desperate ones haha
     
  21. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    haha, true, true.... but i'm only here cos technology and i don't mix. :(
     
  22. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    bahahahahaha join the club!!!!!!!!

    i just marvel at what some of these people know. its crazy. im such a complete n00b compared to them lol.

    enjoy ur night(day??) im off for a game of tennis :)
     
  23. aureiden thread starter macrumors member

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    i know, i'm constantly amazed by how much some people know on here! it's baffling.

    enjoy your tennis game. (you're from australia? that's so cool. i've been there once, but i was like 5, so i don't remember much. i do remember some things, though! like feeding cubes of bread in milk to parrots and riding a mini-train in some kind of mine, and seeing the koalas.) as for me, i'm off to sleep. have a good one.
     
  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh yea i wish i was smart like so many people.

    yup from australia, its sumer here. soooo good i love the heat. the cold just ***** me. lol koalas. theyr nothing special. so ferocious.

    p.s. we got smashed in tennis hahaha.
     
  25. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    No surprise, limewire is taking up a lot of ram–but some processes (kernal root?) that shouldn't be taking up so much are…

    Ideas, forum?
     

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