Memory normally refers to RAM. Temporary, high-speed storage used to keep frequently accessed information available for use and helps keep the computer running smoothly

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vm_compressor_mode (vm.compressor_mode) values for enabled compressed memory in OS X

Background In Super user, with an accepted answer: Disable compressed memory in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? Also in Super User: how to get memory compress back in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks? – and ...
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MacBook unusable due to kernel_task

I've disabled hibernation, and removed the sleep image file. I shutdown my Macbook Pro (15" retina), unticked the box to open windows on restart, and started my MacBook again. As soon as I'd logged on ...
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How do I monitor the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants?

From the command line, how would I get the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants (not just 1st-level children)? This is useful when you want to monitor the ...
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Does my 21.5 inch Late 209 iMac support mixing and matching memory modules?

I have looked at this question, and apparently my iMac does support mixing memory sizes. However, when I installed 2 4GB memory modules and 2 2GB memory modules, when I clicked  → About This Mac → ...
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Kernel_task using 300% CPU time, high fan speed and slow computer in MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro has become slow lately. Activity monitor shows kernel task is using around 300% CPU. The fan is always on at high speed. Below are the details of my computer: Macbook Pro 13-inch, Mid ...
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is iPhone 5S 2-times faster than iPhone 5 at Graphics Task (like Gaming) due to 64-bit CPU?

Phil Schiller talked about "iPhone 5S" This is the first-ever 64-bit processor in a phone of any kind. I don’t think the other guys are even talking about it yet. Why go through all this? The ...
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kernel_task consuming a lot of memory, can't finish my computations

I am running a computational process that requires several GBs of memory. When my process consumes about 11Gbs, Activity Monitor shows me that kernel_task consumes more than 20Gbs thus making my ...
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Macbook Pro (5.1 Model Late 2008) 16GB RAM upgrade

This question is to unmircea or anyone else who has upgraded ram in a Macbook (5.1 Model Late 2008)... where you able to run 16GB of ram in your 5.1 MacBook Pro (5.1 Model Late 2008) 8GB or regular ...
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Memory test that fails with a different address each time

I had problems (strange patterns on the display and reboots) with my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, so I ran Apple Hardware Test on my computer, and it found memory errors. The thing is that every time I run ...
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iMac mid 2011 RAM upgrade compatability

Is this RAM going to be compatible with a mid 2011 iMac 21.5"?
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Upon boot up why is there usage in Inactive and Page In for memory?

I understand the concept behind the various memory usage, but I don't understand why there are Inactive memory and Page In upon boot up. There are no applications that have started which hasn't ...
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OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory

I am running a simulation that deliberately uses a lot of memory. In fact, more than the available RAM and so the program should use swap space. However, after 60 GB of swap space are used, I get the ...
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Get RSS Memory usage from entire OS on command line

I need to get the entire count of RAM being used on a command line. I can get individual process RSS usage using ps -o rss= -p #{pid} How do I get all the memory usage for the entire system on the ...
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What causes playing a video in browser to take up all the RAM?

I've been noticing lately that when I'm playing a video on my Mac from say Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, any video site via a browser, the computer gets extremely laggy for 5 minutes and then acts normal. ...
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Weird graphics issues after waking MacBook up

After locking my Mac and waking it up a few hours later this is how it looks: Also, some of the icons look weird after restarting the system (for example not fully rendered time machine icon: ) ...
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How much will upgraded processor and RAM affect battery life?

I'm considering purchasing a new Macbook Air, and one of my main goals would be to maximize battery life. If I upgrade the standard processor (from 1.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 to 1.7GHz Dual-Core ...
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iOS Memory Mangement Technique

I was wondering what kind of technique does iOS use? Single contiguous allocation Partitioned allocation Paged memory mangement Segmented memory mangement I believe it is partitioned allocation, but ...
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Is 8gb of RAM in one memory slot possible for a mid-2009 2.53GHz MacBookPro5,4?

I have a mid-2009 2.53GHz MacBookPro5,4 and recently bank 1 stopped recognizing any ram installed in the slot (similar to this issue https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4263981). I originally ...
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Reduce Maverick Memory Footprint

I'm using a macbook air 2014 with 8GB, also running Parallels a lot so wanted to reduce memory usage of OSX. Already disabled voice dictation that freed up around 500 mb. Any other tricks/tweaks?
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How to prevent PressAndHold from loading?

I have already disabled PressAndHold through terminal, but I see that it still appears as a process on Activity Monitor. It is taking 2.9 MB for me, but I want it to stop and not to begin at all. When ...
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Safari going nuts in Mavericks - iMac totally unresponsive

Is anybody else experiencing Safari going crazy on Mavericks? I have just unlocked my iMac (Model 2012, 12GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Core i7 3.4GHz) and everything was slow motion. The hard disk was spinning ...
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Macbook Pro Late 2011 stuck at 0.8 GHz

I have been experiencing a lot of problems with my Macbook Pro slowing down and crawling through small tasks like getting mail and opening Launchpad. I have 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory and a 2.2 GHz ...
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Is there a way to limit Firefox / Chrome RAM usage?

I would like to know if there is any kind of setting to limit the RAM browsers can use. It's annoying that even if you have 30GB of RAM available eventually it will be all used by the browser.
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OSX - How to find out which process eats up memory?

My MacBook Pro has 8G RAM. Recently memory leak offen happened. Page outs and swap used kept increasing. The last time it used ~8G swap space. But in Activity Monitor, I can't find any process has a ...
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How do I ensure smooth video and music playback without breaks?

I'm using a MacBook Pro from 2011 with 4 GB RAM and I'm experiencing problems with music playback in iTunes (music stops and starts periodically) and video playback does the same. I've read many ...
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How to down-clock RAM?

My Mac (Mid 2009- MacBookPro5,5) laptop installing OS 10.8.2. Currently, it is using 2 x 1GB (1066 Mhz). My friend gave me 2 x 2GB (1600 Mhz) of his 2012 Mac. After installing 2 x 2GB (1600 Mhz) on ...
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Close down all background iPhone apps without clearing task switcher (Jailbreak)

I have a 3GS running 5.1. Memory management is key to keeping it running smoothly. I've tried: SBSettings processes. Clears apps one by one and clears memory - and leaves them in the task switcher. ...
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memory bandwidth for 13.3 macbook pro early 2011?

I have a 13.3 MacbookPro early 2011. Stock memory is 2GB x 2 PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz. Now I want to upgrade RAM as 4GB x 2. Can i buy a memory which is PC3-10666 1333MHz, or do i have to buy ...
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iMac boots with one RAM, but not two

I've got a curious little problem going on over here. I've got an old late 2006 iMac (the white one). Was sportin' 1gb of ram, so I went and bought some more (4gb). Actually I bought two of those, and ...
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Sum of all processes' real memory not equal to used memory?

I wonder why the sum of all processes' real memory listed in Activity Monitor is not equal to (MUCH less than) the used memory?
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memtester hangs in single user mode

Trying to test as much of my 8 GB of RAM as possible with memtester, I encountered a hangup in single user mode, but not when running memtester on my admin user account. vm_stat is used to calculate ...
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Mac pro late 2008 8 core can only see 1.9GB memory with Windows 7?

I have 14 GB physical memory. OSX Snow leopard sees it fine and Windows sees it but it reports only 1.99 available to Windows 7/32bit. My Macbook pro sees 3.99 GB in windows 7/32 bit. ??? I switched ...
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Advanced techniques to diagnose performance problems on OS X via DTrace or other means?

I am having some severe performance problem with my OS X workstation at the moment that is proving to be exceptionally elusive. I normally can hunt things down with a handful of tools such as top or ...
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RAM mismatch in macbook pro early 2011

I tried to put two 4GB sticks (OWC) in macbook pro early 2011 17 inch. Either of 4GB stick works with either of stock 2GB stick but both the 4GB sticks do not work.
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Memory loss via Screenflow and FCPX

I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro, OSX 10.9.4, 2.66 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 16 Gb 1067 MHz DDR3, 320 Gb ram split 260 Gb Mac, 60 Gb Bootcamp windows 7, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1, Screenflow 4.5.2 with an ...
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Freezing and 3 beep sounds

I have MacBook Pro (2011 model). Everytime I open my personal account (which is Admin one), the laptop freeze after 2 to 3 minutes regardless of the application that I am using. I need to shut it down ...
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Kernel and Installer HUGE RAM usage

I just realised why my computer getting so slower. I have 8 GB of RAM and usage of kernel is 4,5 GB and the process called Installer taking 1,5 GB, and all that with only finder running! Do I need ...
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Possibility of allocating memory into different applications - Activity monitor or a 3rd party source

Is there a possibility to allocate different amounts of memory into a certain application, or prioritize that application to receive more memory. I am almost positive you cannot do this task with ...
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After downloading file installer process runs and uses all memory

When I download a file from the internet a process starts with name "installer" and uses all the available memory until my Mac crashes. It's not related to the browser — I tested with Chrome and ...
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How is swap on mid-2013 MacBook Air w/ PCIe SSD?

There appears to be confusing and incomplete information about the PCIe SSDs in mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (especially the 128GB models), where a different queue depth may result in different ...
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Advice in buying second hand Mac Book Pro?

i'm windows and linux user. Basically, i'm interested in mac because i'm web developer. Some of the development tools are run well on macs. Requirement (if required) I'm going to buy it in ...
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800 MHz DDR2 registers as 667 MHz

I upgraded my mid 2009 macbook 5,2 with two fresh DDR2 RAM, one 2 gig 800MHz and one 4 gig 800 MHz. When plugging these in one at a time they register nicely as running at 800, but both at the same ...
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Why does speech recognition take up 1 GM or RAM suddenly? And GMail in Safari 738 MB?

I did enable speech recognition just in case, but very rarely use it, and I did not remember even accidentally activating it since bootup. Now I simply have a few apps running under Mavericks, and I ...
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How do I get my iPad to show up under DEVICES in iTunes 11.1.3?

I've been having problems seeing my iPad (and my iPhone, haven't tried my iPod) under the DEVICES section on the left (where the STORE, GENIUS, PLAYLISTS, LIBRARY are located) in iTunes 11.1.3. It ...
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Memory runs out issue with a Mac Air 11.6", Mac OSX 10.9

I use word 2010 a lot, with medium length documents (10-20pages) It sometimes takes 2 gigs of RAM just for word. Why is that? none of the files themselves are over 50mb. The Mac then freezes or ...
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Black Screen after installing RAM in MacBook (early 2008)

I've tried installing 2 x 2gb DDR2 PC2-6400 modules into an early 2008 MacBook. After installation the machine booted into a black screen, with no chime. I tried reseating the RAM, same problem. I ...
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iPhone 4 with 6.4GB of free storage asks to change storage settings

My one week old iPhone 4 warns me to change my settings in storage when I go to add my music. I have no music, videos, pictures,... stored on my iPhone. The only thing I've got, are 4 simple apps. Is ...
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Is there a way to monitor the stack of execution in order to find the longest hangs?

Related to this unsolved mystery: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/62416/why-do-i-get-serious-execution-lag-on-clicks-application-switching-and-general I'm wondering if there's a way to see which ...
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Crashes and hangs after memory DOWNgrade

I recently lost one of my SO-DIMM memory modules on my 20" iMac (2.4GHZ Core 2 Duo alu), and now my iMac is back on 2GB memory from 4GB. Both were ValueSelect (DDR2 667MHz 200-pin) modules from ...
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Macbook pro being slowed down ky kernal_tasks in Mavericks

I downloaded Mavericks when it first came out and it was no problem. Within the last week or so, my mac has become EXTREMELY slow. Solutions I have tried: -Resetting the PRAM/NVRAM -Resetting the SMC ...