When I startup my new macbook is this normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rhagen, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. rhagen macrumors regular

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    When I start up my macbook from a shutdown for the night. I find the load times to programs a lot slower. After the program as been loaded a couple of times it then loads up instantly.

    This is probably normal, I just wanted to make sure.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Completely normal. When you close a program, the OS keeps the data for that program in RAM. (This is categorized as "inactive" RAM.) If you open the program again, a lot of the data it needs is already in RAM, so it opens quickly.

    If you run out of free RAM, the OS will overwrite that inactive RAM with new data because currently running programs obviously take precedence over previously running programs. At that point, the apps will take longer to open.

    OS X does a very good job of memory management on its own.
     
  3. rhagen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good, even when I start up my macbook the load times are still faster then my pc's haha. I always wondered what inactive memory was, that explains a lot. It makes a lot of sense to me now.

    Thank you guys.
     

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