I'm working with a MacBook 2,16 GHz (13" white with the max. 3 GB RAM from about 2007) and "Snowleopard" OS 10.6.8.
The problem: performance
After a while, the MacBook becomes incredibly slow and unresponsive, because
Safari and the
Safari Web Content process use all available RAM.
At the moment, e. g.
Safari Web Content uses >1,4 GB physical RAM.
Sure, I also have a lot of other Applications open, but normally Safari seems to be the one that regularly uses most of the RAM.
Virtual memory might be an issue - the System partition with OS X is 100 GB in size, after a reboot I have about 17 GB free drive space, at the moment there are 12.7 GB free drive space.
I admit, that I sometimes have several windows with maybe 10..20 Tabs open in Safari, but it is very difficult to avoid that for me.
- When the MacBook gets unresponsive, I'm often using the
purgecommand in terminal, which helps for a short while but not for a long time
Safariand starting fresh also helps (but is annoying)
- Restarting the Mac also helps, but I do not want to do that each day - I usually do it every 5..12 days.