System Memory question.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by klymr, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. klymr macrumors 65816

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    My Activity Monitor is showing that around only 1.03gb of RAM is "free" however, about 695mb of it is "inactive". 997ish mb is "used". Is this normal for it to have so much inactive? Just curious because my MBP started running a little slow this afternoon and I hope I didn't ruin anything. I had a video playing in VLC, Adium open and a chat going, two windows of Firefox, and I was showing my brother how the Expose works and opened a ton of folders and the computer pretty much froze up. I pressed the power button and it shut off, but I'm not sure I did the computer wrong by doing that. It's also taking about twice as long to boot up when I turn it on. I did download shapeshifter, but I deleted it (I think). Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Have you stuck the Recovery DVD in and run Disk First Aid in a while ...

    Sometimes an error on the drive will keep it from starting as quickly, or make the computer run sluggish.

    Edit: just remember if you do find an error, keep running repair until it either fixes all the errors (or stops fixing them.) It's a multi-pass process.
     
  4. klymr thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is that just the OS-X install disc? Can you elaborate. Sorry, new to Mac's.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you click on the desktop, and look at the top of the screen there is a Help Menu which you can use to find ("Testing and Repairing a Startup Disk")

    To test and repair your startup disk:
    1 Start up from the Mac OS X Install Disk by inserting the disk and restarting your computer holding down the C key.
    2 Choose Installer>Open Disk Utility and select the disk in the left column.
    3 Click First Aid.
    4 Click Verify Disk to test it or Repair Disk to test and repair it.

    Otherwise, I cannot find the old clear directions on Apple's support site for the Intel Mac -- I can only find the user's manual.

    Try Repair Disk.
     
  6. hardhatmac macrumors regular

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    will repairing the start up disc erase anything?

    I don't currently have a backup (I know, I know, I'm just asking for a world of hurt...)....do I have to worry about files being deleted during repairing of the disc?


    thanks!
     
  7. kolax macrumors G3

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    Well you should always backup your data before doing any disk related maintenance in case of a hic-up.
     
  8. hardhatmac macrumors regular

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    yea, I know, but this is on my G5....and I currently don't have the means (or time) to back up 1TB...
     
  9. hardhatmac macrumors regular

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    double post ftw...

    ...to answer my question, no it doesn't delete anything...

    I just ran disc repair twice, and didn't have any file loss...
     
  10. kolax macrumors G3

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    Didn't expect it to. But you can never be too careful...
     

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