Skip navigation

My MacBook Air reclaims memory almost continues...why?

780 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2013 12:16 PM by putnik RSS
hoaxe Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jun 1, 2013 12:10 AM

OSX 10.8.3

MacBook Air from middle of 2009

RAM 2G, 2.13GHz core duo proc


I know that 2G is on the low-side of memory, but that's how the box was shipped. The box was first shipped with 10.7 and i've upgraded it to latest. I'm running the free memory clean from Fiplab and it's working hard to keep memory usable. So the "wheel of death" is showing quit alot and the cumputer hangs while reclamining is under scan. The box is not a upgradable due to chipset /memory not swappable. Hence, it is what it is. Is there a possibility to change to OSX, so this box can run better? Do not say -"downgrade to 10.7"....or reinstall....i've tried the reinstall but no luck. I've run all cleaing apps, donw the permission scan on drive and all other first and simple stuff. Now i'm stuck.


Maybe it's time to buy a newer one


Thanks for all support in advance; Jonas

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Firstly, it is not recommended nor necessary to use third party memory management applications.  Mountain Lion has an autonomous system which is very good at it's job.


    In Activity Monitor you can see how much memory is in use.  In the screen shot below, the green area of the pie chart is free memory and the blue is inactive memory. Essentially the blue area still holds information from recent usage and therefore can speed up re-use of this data, so a large amount of green "free" memory is actually a waste of capacity.


    What is more relevant is the "Page Out" figure as this may indicate that data needs to be written out from RAM to the hard disk. Too little RAM may cause this to happen.


    Since the MBA has SSD and this is fast memory too, having 2Gb of RAM is not the limitation it would have been with an older hard disk.


    If your computer shows evidence of low memory I would suggest reducing the number of apps running at any one time, although even that is not necessary if the Page Out quantity is low or nil.


    Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 10.18.57.png

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    At the moment it is Fiplab that is choking your computer.  It is the very act of reading and writing between the RAM and the hard disk that causes the slowness.  The app is writing out to disk to "free memory" and make the pie chart nice and green. But much of the same information will then need to be written back to RAM again.   You must get rid of Fiplab.


    You could try some graphics test programs such as Geekbench, to see if your computer is good or bad compared with others.  But I still do fine with a 2009 MBP albeit now with 8Gb of RAM but not the advantage of SSD.


  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 1, 2013 10:37 AM (in response to hoaxe)

    Here is what I get with the trial version, which is for 32 bit so may be a little inaccurate.


    Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 18.34.46.png

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 2, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to hoaxe)

    Is that with or without Fiplab? It would be interesting to see your scores for both cases.  Perhaps too to research other people's scores for your model.




  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    My first thought is that running a "purge" is going to clear out the inactive (blue) memory. This then needs to be repopulated, so may actually slow it down temporarily.  Also, there are large variations in scores and newer models are blisteringly fast compared to yours and mine. Also, it will be interesting to see what effect 10.8.4 has on your MBA, if any.


    Here is a comparison chart I found.  I expect they are run with the 64 bit app and may be more accurate.



    Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 09.58.57.png

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 8, 2013 12:16 PM (in response to hoaxe)

    Your welcome to my input.  I think Geekbench scores relate mainly to the CPU chip, but other factors such as RAM also affect the user experience.  I'll think about updating when the new MBP comes out. Blow the kid's inheritance


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.