why do i have such a high virtual memory size?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by s2k, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Add the virtual memory column to activity monitor so we can see which app it is. I have a feeling it's being used by vmware, but I can't be sure.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Virtual memory is like fake memory. It's not really there. Page outs and Swap is memory that is put on the hard drive. It's real.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed with the other poster, you need more information in activity monitor to determine what's going on.

    I'd not be terribly worried about it, as OSX handles memory very well. From what I do see, I'm going to say vmware, iTunes and possibly chrome are chewing up a fair amount of resources.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    I can't find that much Virtual Memory that it adds up to 185 GB, but as I don't have a problem with that right now, I don't really care, I just posted the screenshot to show that I have the same "issue".
    I would like to have faster RAM though and more.
     

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