MacBook Pro :: OS X Mavericks (10.9.3) How To Reduce RAM Usage In Activity Monitor

Jun 4, 2014

I recently upgraded my RAM to 16 GB from the original 4.  I notice thru the activity monitor that my current usage is 13.54GB.  Is there a way to reduce the active usage of RAM via the activity monitor, or is this not a big deal? 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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OS X :: Looking For CPU Usage In Activity Monitor

Sep 18, 2009

So maybe what I am looking for is in the activity monitor, but I just can't find it. I always see people on here posting screen shots of their CPU usage. If they have a quad core machine then there are four columns with blue in it showing the usage. Where can I find this in OS X, or is this a 3rd party program?

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OS X :: Is Normal For Network Usage To Spike Every So Often In Activity Monitor When Not Using Anything

Jan 27, 2009

it is normal for network usage to spike every so often in activity monitor when I am not using anything on my mac, and don't have any apps open? For example, if I open up activity monitor, click on the network tab at the bottom, i'll get a little spike in data received every so often, maybe every 20-30 seconds, usually 50-200 bytes, nothing big... Occasionally there will be a little red spike for data sent mixed in there too, about the same size, every once in a while.

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OS X Mavericks :: Activity Monitor File Cache

Aug 20, 2014

In activity monitor it shows that I have 16GB of physical memory, 12.77 GB used memory, 16GB virtual memory.

It also shows App memory 1.9GB, FILE CACHE 9.56GB and wired memory 1.31GB. 

My question is in regards to file cache at 9.56GB.  What is file cache and why is it so high?  Does this mean I should install more memory?  I looked file cache up and I think it's memory that has been used but is not being used currently, it's waiting to be used again.  Not sure if that's right though, or what it really means. 

Late 2013 27" iMac, 3.4 GHz i5
16GB ram
OSX 10.9.4

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OS X Mavericks :: Kernel Task Using 1.03GB RAM In Activity Monitor?

Aug 20, 2014

I  have a 13inch MBP running Mavericks 10.9.4 with a 2.7 GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 500GB HD. I just recently had the machine Factory Reset. The only APP's I've added are PAGES, NUMBERS and KEYNOTE.  When I check the ACTIVITY MONITOR it indicates that out of 16GB of RAM MEMORY, 5.51GB is being used. Usually ACTIVITY MONITOR indicates that as much as 9GB RAM is being used. This MBP is 3 years old and I clearly upgraded the RAM from 4GB (I think) to 16GB. Since this MBP used to run with only 4GB of RAM total; it seems to me that the current amount of memory being used, from 5.51GB up to 9GB out of 16GB total RAM is unusually high. In addition, the above numbers were displayed when only Safari and Activity Monitor are running. Is this normal for Mavericks OSX?

Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), MBP 2.7 GHz i7 16 GB RAM, 500 GB HD

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OS X Mavericks :: Can't Stop Finder Web Content In Activity Monitor

Aug 26, 2014

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iMac, OX 10.9

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Sep 2, 2014

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Aug 22, 2014

I recently upgraded to Mavericks. I have Startup Items set to launch Activity Monitor and have the Hide checkbox checked, but the window keeps appear at login.

All of the other apps set in a similar manner work just fine (i.e., they start and their windows say hidden) ... Why Hide does not mean "Hide" for this one app?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Reduce Brightness On External Monitor With Software?

May 18, 2009

I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. (I feel like I know a decent amount about my MBP and about a/v matters, so, I feel a bit dumb for not knowing the answer to this.)

I have an external monitor (Samsung 2223w) monitor connected to my MBP via DVI. The MBP is shut.

Is there a way that I can reduce the brightness of the external monitor quickly with software? Of course, I can manually reduce brightness by clicking the buttons on the side of the monitor and navigating through the menus. But is there a way that I can set a keystroke to do the same?

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Mar 16, 2009

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Sep 17, 2009

I was checking out my Activity Monitor the other day and I have noticed this before. I have 4GB in my MacBook Pro and updated to SL and now AM is only showing that I have 3.75GB. I figured maybe it was just an error and I have shut my MBP off and it still hasn't changed.

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MacBook Air :: Why Is PTP Camera Runnining In Activity Monitor If Not Using It

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I looked at my activity monitor and noticed that it was saying that something called a PTP Camera was running. I'm confused because my camera isn't on or anything.

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MacBook Pro :: Activity Monitor And Console Won't Open?

Apr 10, 2012

I knew everything was working fine on my Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz i5, 8gb ram, Mac OS X Version 10.7.3. I loaded up my Mac this morning and tried to open Activity Monitor but wont open. When I drag the application to the dock, there is no icon picture for it. I looked on the internet and it told me to load up Console, which I then found done the same thing.

In Utilities I realised the App 'Podcast Capture' was also missing its icon, but since I do not use that, I am not worried.After looking through google again, I ended up using FirstAid and repaired the disk and permissions. That still made no difference.Finally I then decided I could delete the .plist from preferences, to then find neither of the files for Console and Activity Monitor were there? And I had not deleted them.

Once last thing, in Terminal, every time I open it, it comes up with, bash: /usr/libexec/path_helper: Unknown error: -22

Not sure if this relates to it in anyway? The only thing I know that may have effected it was setting up a Minecraft server which I had to use a chmod a+x (file location). Which I thought gave it the commands. Didn't work anyway, but whilst in the middle of doing that I realised all these other issues.

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MacBook :: Activity Monitor Doesn't Work?

Jun 24, 2012

when i try to open activity monitor, it's fine for 2 seconds and then i get the rainbow wheel...and i have to end it using force quit.

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MacBook :: Fans Going Full Blast - Activity Monitor

Apr 27, 2009

My mac has always been fine only getting up to about 70*c when encoding. Now it gets past that when doing nothing, and fans going full blast! Tried every mac temp. software. Looked in activity monitor, nothing major running, biggest thing is "activity monitor". I can just have it sitting on my counter, on hard surface, very hot fans full blast. Its a new MacBook White early 2009.

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MacBook Pro :: Need To Force Quit Mail Through Activity Monitor

Aug 12, 2009

I can no longer shut my Mac down any more. Mail wont quit and now I must do a Force Quit through Activity Monitor.

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MacBook :: Activity Monitor Shows Idle Memory To Be 80% Or More?

Mar 5, 2012

I'm using a 2009 model MacBook with 4GB of RAM and a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor. I've been having issues for quite a while now where even with just ONE program active, it will often lag, slow WAY down, or even flat out crash. Upon further inspection in the Activity Monitor, I discovered that the vast majority of the computer's memory -- at least 80% and up -- is marked as idle. 

First: What does this mean?

Second: Is there any thing that can be done about the stated issues? 

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MacBook Pro :: How To Make Activity Monitor Update Faster

Jun 4, 2014

I have a mcabook pro early 2012. How do I make activity monitor update faster? It is currently updating every 4 - 5 seconds.

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MacBook Pro :: Random Processes Appearing And Disappearing In Activity Monitor?

Jun 1, 2012

My MacBook Pro continues to show random unexplainable processes in the Activity Monitor window. Nothing seems to be wrong with any aspect of the laptop and functions correctly?

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May 5, 2012

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OS X :: Activity Monitor - Should I Increase RAM?

Jan 10, 2011

I'm not sure if this is cause for concern but it seems like my "free" memory has been really low as of late.

I use Safari and Mail 90% of the time. The other 10% is occasional iTunes use, MPlayer use, and Preview use. Is it time for me to upgrade to 4 GB of RAM?

Note - I do use the following extensions in Safari: AdBlock and YouTube5.

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OS X :: No Activity Monitor In Leopard?

Apr 3, 2009

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OS X :: Activity Monitor Not Responding

Nov 5, 2009

Im running SL (updated of course) on my MacBook Pro 4,1. Im fairly new to Macs and to be honest I didnt even know about Activity Monitor till very recently. So I figured I would check out whats going on with my system and fire it up. Activity Monitor does not respond. It starts to open but then sits at this screen with a beach ball...

After a while I usually just Force Quit. Ive ran Onyx recently as well as Disk Repair and everything seems ok.

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OS X :: Process NOT Quit Via Activity Monitor

Nov 26, 2010

A while back I installed an application that allowed me to stream media from my Mac to my PS3, called Gridcast. It didn't work well, so I got rid of it. Since then I have had two processes constantly running, "gridcastd" & "GridCastAlerts." When i select and quit the processes nothing happens, they just continues to run.

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OS X :: CPU Meter In Activity Monitor All Wrong?

Dec 11, 2010

According to the screenshot, both Users (green) and System (red) uses 0,19% CPU each. Which means that idle (black) should be around 99%, which it clearly isn't. If I check each process individually, none is using more than 1% of CPU. The screenshot is taken after a reboot and I don't use and third-party background services like VMWare. It's Mac Pro 2.66 Quad (2009).

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OS X :: Couple Of Processes In Activity Monitor

Apr 4, 2009

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OS X :: Activity Monitor - Process Names

Jun 30, 2009

I've got the activity monitor open in front of me. There are the usual apps I can see, Logic, FF, iTunes, Finder, MS Messenger etc etc. Though there is a lot of other stuff, I don't know what it is (probably system stuff?). For instance there is configd, syslogd, mds, cron most of these have root inb the server column. In the User column for my name I can see mdworker, pboard, launchd and couple of others.

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OS X :: How To Change Activity Monitor Icon

Jul 26, 2009

I have recently tried changing the Activity Monitor Icon by using Candybar, for some reason Candybar does not have a Activity monitor in the menu. I have than went to Activity monitor application which is on the desktop and clicked on " show package contents" + "resources" and dragged the original activity monitor icon to a random folder and dragged a new icon into the resources folder. I logged out and logged back in and now the icon did now show up, there is a application icon now.

I have dragged the new icon out and put the old one back in the folder to see if it would go back to its original icon and now it does not go back to how it was in the first place, so pretty much no icon exists but only a application icon shows but the program does open up. Another thing I dont understand is why I could not see a Activity Monitor Icon in the CandyBar program, I am not sure how to change the Icon or how people change it or why they have modified activity monitor icons is you cant change it.

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OS X :: IStat Reading Different From Activity Monitor

Sep 15, 2009

Using SL. I installed iStat and it reports less "wired memory" being used than Activity Monitor. Right now iStat reports: 449MB wired, 515MB active, 364MB inactive and 2.45 GB free. Activity Monitor reports: 706MB wired, 515 MB active, 364MB inactive and 2.45 GB free. Also, our school macs are at a whopping 100MB wired, whereas I'm always above 500MB.

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OS X :: Activity Monitor Disappeared / Have To Reinstall?

Dec 16, 2009

The computer, Mac 10.4 Tiger, sent a message that my Startup drive is almost full. I tried to do the best to make more space available and inadvertently must have done something to the files of the Activity monitor. The next morning when I turned the computer on, it went up in smoke, i.e., disappeared and cannot be found in 'applications'.

Do I have to reinstall? Can I reinstall just for the Activity Monitor or ?

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