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Kernel Task - Excessive Memory Usage?

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Sir Wetzel Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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Feb 25, 2011 4:34 PM
I used many different keywords searching for this question or something similar. Nothing found.

I understand what Kernel is and what it does, but how much memory should be used on Kernel_Task for Mac OS X 10.6.6, normally? Currently 407.3MB is being used, which is quite excessive in my opinion. Am I wrong?
MacBook Pro (Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.6), Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.26GHz, 3GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 160GB Hardrive
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,390 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:52 PM (in response to Sir Wetzel)
    That's about the same as what I have.
    Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,390 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 5:14 PM (in response to Sir Wetzel)
    Some of it is wired, some may not be. You don't need to worry about that. The only memory statistic that should concern you is total pageouts, shown in the System Memory tab of Activity Monitor. If that starts getting anywhere close to the amount of RAM you have, then either some process has a memory leak or you don't have enough memory installed for what you're trying to do.
    Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • punkkid2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 21, 2011 5:05 AM (in response to Sir Wetzel)

    You must be lucky; my wired memory is 1.65 GB, and kernel_task uses up 800 MB

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