What the heck? one process eating up my RAM!

CristobalHuet

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jan 18, 2008
1,145
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Montreal
I don't get this.

I login to my account, nothing is open, and 45% of my RAM is in use...I checked Activity Monitor, turns out "kernel_task" is EATING IT UP!

Please help, I have no idea what the heck this could be doing to take up so many ressources.
 

CristobalHuet

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jan 18, 2008
1,145
1
Montreal
Now I open up every application in my dock, and the RAM usage mounts from 50% to just 70% - this with Mail, Safari, Adium, iTunes, VLC, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote, PS, Skype, iMovie, TextEdit, Photo Booth, Quicksilver, X11...

This really is unbelievable, all these apps take up roughly 20-30% of my RAM (which is at 2GB)...and kernel processs takes up half of it!

Plus it's still running smoothly, gotta love a Mac. :D
 

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
14,874
57
Don't worry about how the machine utilizes RAM.

You have to read the Apple Developer spiel on it before you get worried.