Why is safari using 1.75gb of real memory?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by e.zaharias, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. e.zaharias macrumors newbie

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    I own a 13 Macbook Air with 4gigs of ram. After upgrading to Lion and spending some time browsing I noticed scrolling had become very slow and laggy. I opened activity monitor to see the memory use of my programs and found Safari Web Content using 1.75gb and Safari another 600mb. That only left me with 30MB of free memory.
    I forced quit Safari Web Content and it restarted making very little use of memory. Scrolling became fast again and my free memory went to almost 2gb. Since then and as I continue to browse Safari Web Content uses again more and more memory obviously storing every web page to ram.
    Is there a way to manage how much content I want it to store so that it does not use up all my free ram? At preferences my database storage is only at 5mb.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Komodo Rogue macrumors newbie

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    Have you tried clearing the cache? I'm not an expert, but I wonder if that may help because I don't know how else that much memory could be in use.

    Good luck
     
  3. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that now that you mentioned it but it did not alter the ram used by Safari. I'll read the other thread to see if they found a fix. Thanks.
     
  5. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I disabled adblock and my problem went away. Hopefully Apple will provide a a solution that lets us make use of our extensions.
     
  6. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    So Safari runs better with AdBlock off? Wow I got to see for myself

    EDIT: When disabled, I was able to smoothly scroll down IGN.com (which was really laggy for me) with no LAG. Before I had to wait several second before scrolling.
     

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