ram Problem?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by JamesGorman, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

    JamesGorman

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    As i type this i currently have safari(2 Tabs), Msn messenger, and itunes open, and i only have 20mb free ram. My ram stats are as follows.
    wired=228mb,
    active=827,
    inactive=719
    used= 1.74gb.
    page ins = 1000+ mb
    Page outs = 559mb
    Vm = 37GB

    My problem is I dont think that with these few programs open it should be using pretty much the full 2 gigs of memory. Is there some kind of problem with this data? Before when id have these programs open id have almsot a gig of free memory and now its almost nothing.
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

    NewMacbookPlz

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    Have you restarted?

    That'll free up all the RAM that programs didn't properly give back. Also, I believe "inactive" RAM can be considered "free," as it will become active when needed again.

    As programs run, they'll slowly use more RAM, and it usually won't free up until the program is closed/the computer is rebooted.
     
  3. JamesGorman thread starter macrumors 65816

    JamesGorman

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    I restarted and now I have 1.42GB of ram :) thanks for the tip
     
  4. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

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    Inactive RAM is the same as Free RAM... It's there if you need it but will be kicked out when needed. I love OS X :)
     

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