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 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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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 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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May 20, 2012

I am looking for the way to open the system activity monitor. All people show it on this site AFTER it is opened  How do you open it?

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Jun 29, 2012

what would be the approx life span of the flash based memory?  

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MacBook Pro :: Virtual Machine Vs Real Install

Apr 13, 2012

I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro, just that you guys know. For my programming work with the robot (C/Assembler) I will need either Windows or a Linux OS. This is why I'm asking. I really hate Windows and I don't want to install that and besides, Linux is a much better option for compiling my code, etc..Should I use a virtual machine or should I install Linux (Ubuntu) on another partition of my internal HDD.

I will need to install quite a lot of stuff and I'm not sure whether my 4GB of RAM will be enough to run Ubuntu on top of Snow Leopard using a virtual machine. I will need to use another old computer or my parent's desktop for loading to compiled files onto the robot (my IR Tranceiver has a RS 232 connector). I have another old laptop which we commonly use as a 'tryout' computer, but for the most part I want my MacBook to be the computer I use because I cannot take that old (and really heavy) laptop with barely working batteries and super-laggy Win XP to school, where I will do a great deal of the work. So I definitely want Linux on my mac.The partition can be small, I will only need about 15-20GB of space (including the Linux).

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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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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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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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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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 
Hardware Information:MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)MacBook Air - model: MacBookAir

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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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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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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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Intel Mac :: Real Memory Usage On It?

May 11, 2012

I have got a iMac 2011 27inch i5 2.7GHZ 4Gb RAM, i was wondering what is the average consumption should be with the system memory and how much on average should be free? Because mine used to have 2.6GB free and now my Imac is running more slowly and is about 1.38GB free.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Mds (spotlight) Taking Up 128M Of Real Memory

Jun 6, 2005

According to Activity Monitor, the accursed "mds" process is taking up 127.32M of Real Memory, more than kernel_task at 114MB.

I rarely use Spotlight, but it and Dashboard have managed to use up most of my remaining 1GB of RAM. Very disappointing so far.

Dashboard widgets take up an average of about 200MB of Virtual Memory, but I'm hoping those numbers are skewed due to some creative threading.

I wish you could easily turn these guys on and off.

On a related topic, my VM Size is at 9.91 GB. I should logically have at least that much free on my disk, correct?

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MacBook Pro :: User Event Agent Taken Up Lot Of Real Memory And Keep Growing

Feb 26, 2012

User Event Agent has been taken up a lot of real memory and keep growing and take a lot of CPU usage. Is this related to the fact that the comp. gets extremely slow or completely irresponsive?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Mac Pro :: Least CPU Usage- Real Monitor Or Apple Remote Desktop

May 18, 2012

What would require the least processing power of a Mac Pro; a 24 inch monitor run via a DVI cable or the same image accessed via Apple Remote Desktop software and displaying the screen on another Mac? Here is the rest of the story.I am designing a home video surveillance system built around a Mac Pro and SecuritySpy. It will coordinate 12 network cameras (HD quality) and the potential load of the cameras alone will be huge. My goal is to place the Mac Pro in a locked network closet and administer it remotely. I can either go the Apple Remote Desktop route or have the monitor signal sent via an ethernet adapter, but the aim is to tax the CPU the least.So, what are your thoughts?Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.(Albert Einstein, 1941),

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Mac Pro :: Using Virtual Memory To Another HD?

Apr 5, 2008

I thought I read awhile back someone posted on how to move the virtual memory to another hard drive. Now, I could be wrong, so I did a search and couldn't find the thread. So my question is on my Mac Pro, I have three HDs. 350GB that has OS. 500GB that is free. 1TB that has data. Is there a way to move the paging file (VM) so that it is being used on the 500GB hd?

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Mac Pro :: Why Does My Mac Pro Using So Much Virtual Memory - How To Fix It

Apr 28, 2009

like a mounth ago I bought a new Nahelm Mac Pro, 2,26 GHz, i'm very happy with it, here is the configuration:

16 gb ram ( 8 x2 gb ram)
640 gb + 2 x 1 TB Harddisk
two GT120 video card
Two Samsung T240 HD screens

and the other stuff are standart

The other day I didnt have anything to do so i was just having fun a little with some drawings on painter and photoshop while doing my everyday stuff (watching some streaming videos, or listening to music..etc) since it is my only computer, i do it for my work but also for my fun when I have nothing to do. When I watch a streaming video, let's say from youtube, i have it in full screen in one screen and on the other screen, I do my other stuff, like msn and doodling on photoshop and painter with my tablet..etc and my computer starts to lag, starts to respond very slowly, in a way that i cant do anything at all, and the streaming starts to play slow as well, then i reduce the size of the video instead of full screen and it looks a lil better for some time but then again it slows down my computer. Then when I check Activity Monitor I notice that I still have 10-12 GB free ram since I have only my everyday stuff open. but it shows 54 GB virtual memory and I dont understand what uses this much memory? I mean ok I make multi tab browsing..Etc but not more than I used to do on my old pc laptop with 4 gb ram, why does it use virtual memory when I still have 10 GB free ram? what should i do to avoid such situation other than not opening those applications at the same time? I wish that I was clear enough to explain my problem, I'm attaching a screenshot of my Activity Monitor,

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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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Sep 6, 2010

I have an 40 GB SSD installed on my 2010 iMac 27" with a 2TB HDD hosting the users folder. I was running Transmission and encoding a DVD when I was told that I am out of Virtual Memory and must restart.

My question is: will using the SSD for Virtual Memory affect its performance down the line (as they should not be written to too much.) If so, how can I change my virtual memory storage location? *Xupport didn't work.

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