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 :: Open Activity Monitor, Kernel Task Is Using Approx 240 MB Of Real Memory & 67 Of Virtual?

Jul 14, 2010

When I open Activity Monitor, kernel_task is using approx 240 MB of real memory, and 67 of virtual. All I have open is Safari (and Activity Monitor)Seems like alot of real memory for one process.

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OS X Mavericks :: Kernel Task Is Using Many Resources On Mac

Sep 2, 2014

I was working on my Mac but is coming very slow sometimes so I found the problem is the kernel task. 

Lex I already use the Clean My Mac and since the first time I delete a lot of things I don't even remember how many. Should I format my drive? 

About the iCleanMemory so the system will clear the RAM by it self or should I do something different or use another program? 

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MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: Kernel Task Absorbing Too Much RAM On IMac

Sep 10, 2014

The kernel task is taking up too much ram on my iMac is there a clear solution to resolving the issue or do i need to do a clean install?

Bootup is slow, applications open slowly and sometime hang.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)

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OS X Mavericks :: Kernel Task Massive Upload (no High CPU Usage)

Jun 22, 2014

Noticed i was uploading at high speed (8MB/s) constantly. So i check activity monitor, and kernel_task is uploading huge amount of data, so far 20+gb this morning...

I'm not getting a massive CPU usage (10-15%). 

Tried restarting, just starts up again after a couple of minutes.

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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 :: Can't Stop Finder Web Content In Activity Monitor

Aug 26, 2014

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iMac, OX 10.9

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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 Mavericks :: Activity Monitor Window Won't Stay Hidden At Login

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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OS X Mavericks :: Download Stops At 1.03GB?

Jun 5, 2014

iMac 9.1



Running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 

Trying to download Mavericks, the download stops every time at 1.03GB, and clicking retry doesn't start it.

I get the message "The application you tried to download could not be downloaded. Check your internet connection and try again."But if I click Cancel, and then restart the download, it works perfectly again up until 1.03GB.

So I'm a little unconvinced that it's a problem with my internet connection, considering I have full access to the web and clicking retry shows it working and connecting. 

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OS X :: Kernel Task Is A RAM Hoarder?

Aug 15, 2009

Is there any specific reason Kernel_Task seems to think he owns the place? What gives? It's like I turn my MacBook on and he's all like "oh hai! Ize just a system task! 50mb of memory? That's cool that's cool" Then only 2 hours later he's all like "Nah man, I just needed some more room see, it's like 120mb ain't dat much, k?"

I know that OS X handles ram real good and all, by freeing memory when it's required for higher-priority tasks, but I also know that it takes a bit more time to clear that memory AND re-allocate it...

So, is this a memory leak? And while I'm at it what about iChat Agent and Colloquy that are battling out to be RAM champ?

OH, and I haz 2gb installed at the moment.

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MacBook Pro :: Kernel Task Uses 300% CPU

Aug 28, 2014

After installing Mavericks in  my 13" mid-2012 MacBook Pro, A proccess called kernel_task uses 300% CPU.

HD 500 GB
Core i5
Mavericks OSX 10.9.4

I run  powermetrics

****  Interrupt distribution **** CPU 0:  Vector 0x46(SMC): 7.33 interrupts/sec  Vector 0x56(HDEF/EHC1): 2.97 interrupts/sec  Vector 0x72(IGPU): 323.07 interrupts/sec  Vector 0x73(XHC1): 9.51 interrupts/sec  Vector 0x76(SATA): 7.73 interrupts/sec  Vector 0x78(ARPT): 35.85 interrupts/sec  Vector 0xdd(TMR): 995.75

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MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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OS X :: Kernel Task Has Over 1,900 Threads Open?

Jul 17, 2010

I've been recently realizing that every time i use safari or socialite for a few mins I get a lot of 'beach ball' time. The application would show in red (not responding) in activity monitor and kernel_task would have over 1,900 threads, that will decrease slowly after I force quit the applications.

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MacBook Pro :: Why Does Kernel Task Take Up So Much Memory

Feb 19, 2012

My computer keeps freezing and applications keep shutting down unexpectantly. So when  I went into the activity monitor I saw that Kernal_task and inkjet1 seem to be taking up the most CPU, threads, and memory. What are they? How can I make my computer more efficient? Are these processess causing my computer to be so slow and freezy?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Kernel Task Using Over 100 Percent CPU

Apr 19, 2012

I have been experiencing the fan running at high rpm and the computer completely slowing down when there is slight pressure applied to the bottom of my macbook pro. I went on Activity Monitor and it shows kernel_task running at over 100% cpu usage. I have already tried resetting PRAM and SMC but those did not work.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Air :: Kernel Task Takes More Than 300% CPU

Jun 4, 2014

Super slow macbook air and kernel task takes more than 300% CPU….

EtreCheck version: 1.9.11 (43) - report generated 4 June 2014 23:33:53 GMT 07:00 
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MacBook Pro :: Kernel Task Eating Upto 152mb Of Ram?

Jan 18, 2008

I had my first leopard problem on my 1.67 15" powerbook last night. I lost bluetooth so I restarted, I went to the activity monitor and there was a kernel task eating up 152 mb of my ram. All updates are current and I have 2gb of ram. Any ideas as to what this action is doing. I also have a dual 2.4 g5 with 3.5 gb of ram(but no kernel task issues).

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MacBook Pro :: Kernel Task Reaches High CPU % After Boot?

Jul 2, 2014

I've had my macbook pro repaired a few weeks ago (new battery and keyboard).. Ever since then every time I boot it its superslow ... + with high activity on kernel_task.. When I close the lid and open it after 5 seconds again the problem is gone.

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MacBook Pro :: Kernel Task Takes A Huge Space In Memory

Aug 28, 2014

Product name: Macbook pro 13-inch
Processor speed: 2.5 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Storage capacity: 500 GB
Software: OS X 10.9.4  

In the memory tab in activity monitor, it shows kernel_task which takes up 440 MB. It takes a huge amount of my memory. Also, my macbook pro is running down. I believe that one of the reason for this is kernel task. How do I fix this? 

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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

I installed Leopard from an OS disk I purchased to upgrade from Tiger. I just went to launch Activity Monitor and it is not there? I checked Applications and Utilities. From what I read it seems that Leopard should have activity monitor.

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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 :: 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 "kernel Task" Taking Up Almost 100% Of CPU?

Jul 20, 2010

A few hours ago, I noticed my MBP start hanging and generally processing very slow. Apps would freeze at random times, and generally a lot of odd behavior.

I checked the activity monitor to see what might be causing this. It turns out, the process "kernel_task" is using almost 100% of my CPU. It has stayed within the 70-100% range, and has yet to go down. I tried many things, including restarting my Mac many times, but it remains the same.

Does anyone know why "kernel_task" is taking up so much of my CPU? Is there a way to somehow "reset" the process to get it back to normal?

P.S. I attached a screenshot of the process in the Activity Monitor. You can view it here:

EDIT: I just want to add that I think the "kernel_task" might have started eating CPU when I stopped a RAR program in the middle of extracting an archive. I'm not 100% sure though that this is when the problem started.

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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

Noticed a couple of processes in activity monitor I don't think I have seen before. Authorizationhos and ocspd. if they also have them or if they are supposed to be there and what they do?

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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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