OS X :: Increasing RAM Usage?

May 31, 2009

I'm new to OS X and just had a quick question about the way that it uses memory.

I have the istat widget on my dashboard, and I've been monitoring the amount of free and used RAM. After I reboot the system, only about 20 percent of my memory is being used between the OS and the programs I normally use (adium, safari, itunes, etc.) Over the course of a couple days, the amount of used ram increases to about 50 percent, even though I'm just using the same programs.So, I'm just wondering how exactly the operating system deals with used and free RAM. Once the system uses ram for something, will that ram be reported as used until I reboot? Why does used ram continue to increase even though I'm doing the exact same things?

I'd just appreciate if someone could enlighten me on how the system uses RAM and whether I need to reboot every few days for optimal performance. I know it's still only using 50 percent (i have 4 gigs) - I'm not afraid of running out, I'm just wondering for my own knowledge.

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OS X :: Increasing RAM?

Sep 17, 2009

I have a first generation Imac G5 that has 768 MB of RAM and I want to increase that so am I better off getting another 512 and having a "matched" set or can I get a 1 GB stick to add to the 512. Don't want to spend a lot as I am on a fixed budget and also want to upgrade to Leopard as well.

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Feb 15, 2008

My OWC RAM is working just fine, but I am growing increasingly concerned about the temperatures at which it runs. I have the 3.0 (120W) MacBook 2008 with 18 Gb RAM (4x4Gb + 2x1Gb apple stock). The RAM in memory module A2 & B2 is getting up to 80 Celsius without even much of a workout on the RAM. What's more, the MacPro fans are not increasing - right now the hottest module is at 76 Celsius and fans haven't increased at all (see screenshot below).

I have installed SMC fan control, which I understand is supposed to set the minimum fan speed, which I have set at 730 because my RAM was running hot even without any workout. How concerned should I be about this? Is this a) a defect in my mac pro b) a design flaw c) a problem with OWC memory, or d) is everything OK and I'm making a mountain out of a molehill?

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Feb 3, 2009

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Feb 9, 2009

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OS X :: Increasing Boot Times?

Feb 11, 2009

I've been using my mac religiously on a daily basis for almost a year now. I have noticed that progressively the boot time and shut down time is getting longer and longer. And I understand as I install programs and use the laptop more, it's going to get slower and slower but right now the boot time and shut down time is more than I would expect.

For boot up, the only applications that open on login is Mail and Quicksilver.

Is there anything I can do to reduce the boot and shut down times?

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Mar 7, 2010

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Dec 13, 2010

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Jan 19, 2009

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Jul 8, 2009

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I've managed to get most of my apps text sizes ok for me to see (though FF skews things up a bit), but I find my toolbar icons and text size to be a bit small for me.

Two main apps cause me grief. Mail and Office. I can't seem ti find anywhere where I can increase the size of the toolbar icons. In mail i can use Large icons, but that doesn't affect the toolbar. In Office (mainly Word/Excel) I can't seem to find anything at all.

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Hardware :: Increasing The Size Of Volume?

Sep 7, 2009

i want to do two part of my external mac osx disk volume without data loss so i decreased it,s size from 77G to 60G by diskutil resize command .now i want to increase it's size from 60G to 70G by the diskutil resize command, but i have the following error

# diskutil resizevolume /Volumes/Untitled 1/ 70G
Started resizing on disk disk1s2 Untitled 1
Resizing Volume

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Software :: Increasing Screen Resolution?

Jul 22, 2008

I'm running osx 10.5 off a intel mac mini through a samsung syncmaster 920nw.the native resolution is 1440x900 60hz

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Jun 7, 2012

I recently upped the RAM memory in my 2008 vintage MacBook Pro to 8GB. I have not seen a significant increase in speed and it rarely uses more than 3GB of memory. In fact in some instances it seems slower. How can I boost the performance and take advantage of using the increased RAM?

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Jun 17, 2012

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Jun 18, 2012

I am considering buying a Macbook Air (June 2012 13" with i7-3667U CPU and the 4000 HD on-chip GPU) as it fits most my requirements. I occasionally like to play games and it seems that this graphics processor should be enough, but the question is how much memory can it use from the main memory and if the maximum amount can be changed.  

More specifially I am loking at the requirements of ANNO 2070  (as this is the kind of game I really like) and even though it has been known to perform ok with that GPU, the minimum requirements would be 512MB of video ram (on low or medium settings). The previous MBA was only able to use ~350MB of the main memory if I understand correctly.

1. What is the limit of memory the GPU can use form the main memory? 

2. Is it user configurable under OSX? 

3. Is it user configurable under Windows when bootcamping? 

4. Is it "somehow" (unsupported software-only method) configurable? 

5. Is the game ANNO 2070 playable under Windows (AFAIK using bootcamp is the only way to play it currently) on a new (June 2012) MBA? 

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Sep 2, 2014

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Jul 2, 2006

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I don't really use the internal speakers for anything other than system sounds and listening to web-content -- flash videos, youtube, etc. (In other words, if I want to listen to iTunes or a DVD, I'll use headphones or eternal speakers).

The max volume is just *barely* loud enough unless there is absolutely no ambient sound in the room...

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May 20, 2009

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Hardware :: Increasing Speed On Apple Network?

Feb 6, 2010

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Networks settings:
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The Airport Extreme is located as high as I can go

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Apr 25, 2010

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Jul 11, 2010

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Nov 9, 2009

i've heard that there are some tips on using laptop batteries to increase their life time. nowadays many laptop battery's are lithium-ions. but macbook's are lithium-polymer.

i've heard tips like dechargin the whole battery every 2 weeks. or things like not pluggin in the adaptor when the battery is full!

are these things true? and what are similar tips for increasing the life of a macbook pro battery??

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Oct 29, 2010

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Mar 29, 2012

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