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Apr 30, 2012

everytime i start my machine the three processes start immediatly to raise to something like 1gb (each!). So far i tried  

-resetting SMC, PRAM, NVRAM

-repair disk permissions

-setting volume to boot from

-deleted the and loginwindow.plist   

and i have the newest version of lion installed. i havent used the computer all the weekend and when i turned it on yesterday the problem appeared


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OS X V10.7 Lion :: See What Processes Are Using The Memory?

Apr 25, 2012

I recently added more RAM to my system and I always keep Activity Monitor running with the memory usage icon on the Dock to see how much Lion and my programs use. I noticed that even several CS5 programs running at the same time won't use that much, the program I've seen uses the most is Aperture, using anywhere from 500MB on start to 2.5GB while viewing--not editing--photos. 

My questions is, when my system is running normally it uses from a quarter to half the total memory available but just now it's using more than three quarters and it's running not even half programs I use everyday. I quickly added up the memory being used and it's just missing out A LOT. I'm adding a screenshot of Activity Monitor for you to see. 

I now that restarting the system (or by using the purge command in Terminal) will free up memory but this really puzzles me and I'd really like to know what's happening--BTW, even though several GB are missing, the computer is nowhere nears slow, at least. Where are all the other processes using the rest of the memory? I'm using OS X 10.7.3 Server with 16GB of RAM on an iMac.

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Saving 10 times, that equals ca. 3 GB. Since I am a diligent "back-upper", I loose ca. 3 GB every 90 minutes. Over the last 3 days, this has consumed more or less 40 GB of my storage space. I have restarted several times and had to delete a lot of files; the sleepimage file is ca. 1 GB big only, so that is not the problem;so I have used "Disk Utility" to localize the massive space use. 

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May 13, 2012

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Sep 7, 2010

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