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MacOs 9.1 memory loss
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Mr_Frost
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Mar 11, 2001, 12:47 PM
 
Hey,
I use a PowerMac G4/400 with MacOs 9.1. I have 192 MB of ram installed but when I open a couple of applications and calculate my total of used ram with my largest unused block it only ads up to about 180 MB. After opening a lot of apps this even becomes less.... turning virtual memory on seems to solve...Can anybody help me?
     
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Mar 11, 2001, 04:10 PM
 
Well you only seem to be missing 12MB, right.......that could easily be taken by background applications. Remember that with 9.1 ( and OS X too ) more and more OS "features" are treated just like applications, and will grab small amounts of ram if you have them enabled.

But as for opening more and more apps, that will cause memory fragmentation, which will leave small gaps (wasted, and unusable) in between the blocks of free memory. You can only get this back by quitting the apps in the reverse order that you opened them, or restarting your computer.

Turning on VM will reduce the fragmentation somewhat, and allow for more accurate mapping of the memory that is used, thereby making it APPEAR that you have more memory available than you really do.
Just be sure to only set VM to 1MB above your real ram amount......ie 192MB real ram, set VM to 193MB. This will allow for the above process to happen, but will allow only minimal disk swap file usage, which is all VM actually is, using space on the HD as fake ram ....booooohhhh........

With ram prices so low, now would be a good time to stock up if you can possibly afford to.......get it while it's cheap
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Mar 11, 2001, 04:36 PM
 
Thanks....that was really usefull :-) And 256MB more has been ordered allready...
     
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Mar 11, 2001, 04:41 PM
 
Isn't there an app to flush my memory ?
     
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Mar 11, 2001, 08:13 PM
 
You probably could find something on versiontracker ??? Best place to look AFAIK
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