Virtual Memory Size

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AutumnSkyline, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular

    AutumnSkyline

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    Is it normal to have 4.09 GB of virtual memory? Just wondering. I have Activity monitor, Safari, and a weather widget open...
     
  2. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    I have 8.97 GB with Adium, Word, Mail, QuickSilver, Safari, Activity Monitor and a VPN client running.
    So I'd say yes.
     
  3. AutumnSkyline thread starter macrumors regular

    AutumnSkyline

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    Okay, it just seems like a little much thank you!
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    Note that the Virtual Memory size you see is that absolute maximum each currently-running app could use if it needed it. The number has almost no basis in reality, and your actual VM usage is almost certainly much, much, much lower.
     
  5. AutumnSkyline thread starter macrumors regular

    AutumnSkyline

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    Okay, thank you for clearing that up!
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Basic message:
    Don't even try to think about what OSX is doing with memory management. It is much smarter than you and I, so just let it manage the memory and be happy.
     

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