What is ATSServer? Memory problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigmat1201, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. bigmat1201 macrumors member

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    I have had this problem twice now, first time was with my MB, I called Apple tech support, they didn't really know how to fix it, they told me to switch to a different account, then I was told that apple know about the problem and it would be fixed in 10.5.3. Now I have 10.5.5, I on a brand new aluminum MBP, and am getting this problem again, there is a processes called ATSServer in activity monitor, that is running about 50% of my CPU, also MDS was running about 35%, but, I turned off spotlight, by un-checking all the things that it indexes, and my CPU went back to normal, why does it do that, and what exactly is ATSServer, MDS, and MDWorker (that was acting up last time I had this problem), apple tech don't know what these processes do, you can't end the processes them, they just come back?

    Also, I have 4 GB RAM, and all I have open right now is safari with 8 tabs, NetBeans IDE, activity monitor, mail, and of course finder, and it says I only have about 400 MB of RAM free. Why is this little bit of software using 3.6 GB of RAM, also if you add up all the real memory, I equals maybe 2 GB, what's going on? Also the integrated GPU is eating some of it, I forgot about that.
     
  2. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    ATSServer handles font-related things iirc; mds and mdworker are spotlight's indexing system.

    As for ram, you probably have ~1.6GB inactive making up the difference between active and free.
     
  3. bigmat1201 thread starter macrumors member

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    so why would my fonts be going crazy using all my CPU usage?
     
  4. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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  5. bigmat1201 thread starter macrumors member

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    that will probably fix it, I told spotlight to ignore the folders with the PDF's, but you can also tell spotlight not to search PDF documents, in the search results tab of spotlight. Thanks for the article.
     

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