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Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much VRAM and CPU?

Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much (32.56 GB) virtual RAM and CPU (up to 122.41% apparently)? More interestingly, how can I prevent it from doing so? I am running this MacBook Pro with 4GB ...
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How to investigate high kernel task memory usage?

I was using my MBP (with 16GB of RAM) as usual and out of blue I've this popup that: Your system has run out of application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications ...
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How to solve Yosemite massive memory leak?

I am experiencing a massive memory leak in Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C2513). I have 16 GB of RAM and the used memory rise to circa 15 GB in ~3 hours. Top applications usage is relatively low, circa 200 MB ...
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How to disable disk cache in Yosemite

My MacBook constantly freezes because of using all RAM (8GB). The disk cache seems to be the cause. The command sudo purge only helps a little bit. In some older versions of OS X, my MacBook worked ...
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16G memory or an SSD to upgrade a Macbook? [duplicate]

I'm deciding on whether to spend the money to upgrade my RAM or add an SSD to my Macbook Pro. Here's the stats... Early 2011 MacBookPro8,1 i7 2.7Ghz 8G RAM STBD1000400 Seagate Hybrid 1TB drive I ...
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Process: kernel_task over 700mb memory

Anyone knows how do I solve high memory consumption of the process "kernel_task" ? I tried to delete .plist files from folder bellow, but the problem still continue My Mac: Macmini6,1 ...
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Using 2133 ram on mid macbook 2012

To be more specific, i'm thinking on buying this ram for my mid 2012 macbook pro. According to this post it seems possible to run 2133, though i'm still not sure if it's really running 2133 and would ...
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Ridiculously slow MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (I think mid 2012). About three months ago it started running really slow, so I renstalled the OS with a recovery partition. For a few weeks it ran very well with an overall very ...
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MacBook Pro is slow, will adding RAM help?

I have an early 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I have used it a lot and at the moment and for a while now it is quite slow. I need to use various applications like Mathematica (for which it is quite slow if I ...
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Macbook Pro 13 in, 16GB Ram, i7 3.1, 512 GB Flash Storage Purchase [closed]

I recently purchased the Macbook Pro 13 in (Early 2015) model, with specs in the title. I was wondering if this is good purchase for a power user who does software engineering, UI / UX Design, ...
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MBP with Serial ATA hard drive vs PCIe-based flash storage

I am not sure how much logical my question is but I am planing to purchase MBP for the first time and looking at the options I have in place, I am all confused. I am looking at these 2 options ...
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Upgrade RAM or switch to SSD? [closed]

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro (2.4Ghz) with 4GB of RAM (2x2) and a 250GB hard drive that's about 85% full. It's been running pretty sluggishly lately even for basic tasks. It is 5 years old, but a new ...
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Confusion about recommended clock speed

Recently I have been facing issues with multitasking with my Macbook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) and decided to upgrade my RAM. Now, my laptop currently has 2-2GB DDR3 1333 MHz for a total of 4GB. I ...
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Can I add different size RAMs to iMac 5K?

I have an iMac Retina 5K (27-inch, Late 2014) with 8 GB of RAM (2 * 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory modules). There are 2 memory slots free/available, and I want to add RAM to these two slots. My ...
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What is the maximum memory limit for a MacBook mid-2010 with the latest EFI and SMC updates?

According to Apple, the mid-2010 MacBook (not MacBook Pro) will support a maximum of 4GB of memory. I am seeing some references like this one which indicate that the latest SMC and EFI updates allow ...
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OS X: Memory usage freaking me out

I know, OS X 10.10 memory management knows what it does, it is good, you shouldn't question it. But this, I do not understand. I have 16 GB of RAM, 6 GB used, plus 2.5 GB app-cache, 1 GB file-cache ...
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vm_compressor=VM_PAGER_DEFAULT in Yosemite caused freeze when physical memory was full

The memory compression caused frequently lag so I tried turning it off by using the command sudo nvram boot-args="vm_compressor=1" The lag was gone but I got crashing freeze when I opened some ...
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Why is softwareupdated taking up all my memory?

The process softwareupdated seems to be taking up way too much memory. It can take up to 400 MB RAM sometimes. I can't nail down what is causing this to happen, so I've been watching my console ...
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Bootcamp and Memory Question

I have seen that using Windows through Bootcamp takes 2gb of memory. If I get a 2gb RAM computer will it take up all the memory?
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Power Mac G5 doesn't boot/black screen

I have a Power Mac G5 (Model No: A1047 EMC 1969C). My problem is that it doesn't properly boot anymore when powered up. When I'll press the power button, the white LED next to the button will ...
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softwareupdated using 350MB+ of memory, is this a problem? How can I get it to use less?

I'm running Yosemite with the latest updates. softwareupdated is using approximately 380MB of memory. That seems quite high to me. Is that normal? Is that indicative of a problem? Does ...
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OS X crashes “No memory”, but much of it free

I was running a Python code which may have increased the need for memory. Anyhow, the following happened, and I feel it should not. I have 16 GB memory and it shows only 3 GB allocated to Python ...
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Course of action to clean up RAM on sluggish mac

Below is an EtreCheck report on my system. My problem is that I have <3 GB or 2.5 GB even after a reboot, with relatively few menu bar applications starting up. (This drops to 20-300 MB once Chrome ...
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Would adding RAM to 2009 imac improve performance

Since I upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard, my 24 inch 2009 2.93 Ghz imac has been quite slow. It's slow to open up programs and slow in general. Currently the imac only has the 4Gb of RAM that ...
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Poor sluggish performance after upgrading to Yosemite

I am facing very sluggish performance in my MacBook Pro after I upgraded it to Yosemite. Mine is 8GB, i7 mid 2012 system. Usually I find my unused RAM <25MB even if I work in terminal, say around ...
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Use Ram as graphics memory 5k imac

My graphics memory (4gb) is getting eaten up by my 3 or 4 apps that are open. Is there any way to allow the graphics card to use free RAM instead of swap memory? The second the graphics card dips ...
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High memory usage on MacBook PRO retina 16Gb i7 2,5ghz

I'm using a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch 16Gb Processor 2,5 Ghz Intel Core i7 Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 Mb OS: OS X Yoseminte v10.10.2 I'm having a problem with my ram. I think its eating too much ...
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Locate webpage processes (to kill them when reach memory limit)

Lately I'm suffering memory issues on Safari. Every few time the opened webpages start eating memory. See the example image. I'm thinking of creating a script to kill those webpages when reach a ...
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Computer Keeps Crashing After Replacing RAM

Recently I replaced my RAM in my Mid 2009 iMac. I replaced the current RAM with 2 x 4 Gb. sticks of RAM. However, now that I replaced the RAM, my computer has started to randomly crash often although ...
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IMac Early 2009 Restarting after RAM Upgrade

My IMac is from early 2009 and currently is running Maveriks OSX and has 2 gb. of RAM installed. I then purchased 2 x 4 GB. strips of RAM that were manufactured by PNY. Specifically, DDR3 RAM that is ...
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Running Xcode 6 on 2009 iMac

I currently have Yosemite on my Early 2009 iMac. This iMac has a 2 GHz CPU and 2 GB of ram. However, whenever I try to run Xcode 6 on this Mac, it is slow-very slow. When monitoring my cpu, it hovers ...
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How to Determine What's Using Filling GPU's Video Memory?

I have a system with integrated graphics to which OS X has assigned 1.5gb (out of 16gb) of RAM, however iStat Menus is currently reporting this at around 95% full, even though I'm not currently ...
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Intel Core 2 Duo and Yosemite

I have a iMac circa 2009/2010 running a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, with 2GB RAM installed. If I was to upgrade to Yosemite, even with an upgrade to 8GB RAM, would this be enough to run Yosemite well? ...
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Slow Computer Question

I use a Mid-2011 iMac 21.5" (with 4 users on it). I have noticed that the computer is runs quite slow when I am the only one logged in. The only applications I typically have open at once are Xcode, ...
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Wired memory in activity monitor

Activity monitor shows me that I have 11Gb wired but only 5Gb used for 2 processes (others are neglible). Where are other 6GB? When I try to start new virtual machine with 500M RAM it says that I do ...
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Is it okay to install a second RAM chip?

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with a recently replaced logic board and SSD upgrade. I haven't yet upgraded the RAM. Currently, RAM is 4GB, one slot, Apple RAM (whichever manufacturer they use). I am ...
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Why do the Image Capture Extension and softwareupdated processes consume so much memory?

I recently updated my 2008 MB Pro (2 GB RAM) to Yosemite from 10.6 and I've found that it's often unusably slow. After keeping an eye on Activity Monitor over a couple weeks, I notice that the Image ...
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Low budget: Wait for a MacBook Pro or get a MacBook Air? [closed]

I’m willing to buy a MacBook. I’d use it to code and minor Photoshop and video edit stuff. I live in Brazil - Macs are really expensive here. I found some deals and I can get a 13” Macbook Air ...
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Maximum memory config for Mac Pro 5,1 (mid 2010)?

I have a MacPro5,1 with 8 cores (2 quad-core processors) running OS X 10.10.2. From what I have read as per EveryMac.com's information about this unit it should be possible to have far beyond the ...
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How is the Y value for the Memory Pressure graph in Activity Monitor calculated?

How is vm.memory_pressure's value bounded / calculated on OS X 10.10.2 - Yosemite? I've researched several answers to this question and am trying a few things on the command line to get exact values ...
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Macbook Air mid 2013 on Yosemite hangs

I have come across this problem several times now before I finally decide I should try and be doing something about it. Basically this seems to be happening when I am multitasking with iTunes playing ...
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OS X Yosemite: System slow and using a lot of RAM

I noticed that my OS X sometimes goes very laggy and it does everything slowly. I opened up Activity Monitor and I saw that it's using a lot of memory. Any ideas on how to fix this (because I guess ...
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Which RAM will be better? [closed]

Cheers! Which RAM will be better for my iMac 27" mid 2010 with i7 2.93GHz and MacOS 10.9.5: this, this or ADATA DDR3 SO-DIMM 8GB 1333? Also I have saw Kignston KVR1333D3S9/8G but according to it ...
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iPhone keeping “zombie” files memory spaces even after deletion?

I have some issues with an iPhone 5c and I would like to know how it actually stores space in the disk. I will do a very basic example: The problem I try to send a picture through the WhatsApp ...
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Will it fit (specifix RAM on iMac)?

Cheers! I have an iMac 27" mid 2010 with Intel i7 2.93Ghz and MacOS 10.9. For now it have 8GB stock 4x2GB RAM but I want install at least 16GB+ RAM. All official documents and data-sheets ...
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Facetime audio takes up SSD space

I was just using FaceTime audio and my phone told me I was running out of space. I was curious as to how this was possible as I knew I have about 2GB free yesterday. I kept going back in and ...
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Can you upgrade the RAM in the latest MacBook Airs if you ship them to Apple themselves?

I know that RAM is soldered onto the mainboard on the latest MacBook Airs, which makes a DIY upgrade apparently impossible. But would Apple do it instead though? The guy at the Apple Store told me ...
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Moving iPhoto to external drive on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) with 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

I bought a Seagate external HD 500gb with my Mac. Recently started using Photoshop and Lightroom, which take up a ton of space. I was thinking of moving my entire iPhoto to the Seagate to free up ...
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will RAM from a mid-2011 MacBook Pro work in an early 2011 iMac?

Will RAM from a mid-2011 MBP work in an early 2011 iMac (and vice-versa)? Both are listed as 1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3. I have 16 GB (2x8GB) in the MacBook Pro, and 12 GB (2x4GB + 2x8GB) in the iMac. ...
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iOS storage disappearing

I've got an iPhone 5s 8gb with about 1.4gb of free storage. Within the last week this storage goes down to zero multiple times a day just through normal use. When this happens iOS "cleans" all apps ...