10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2013 7:53 PM by Allan Eckert
Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do i check the proportion of memory i have available on my operating system?

 

Thanks,

 

Peter


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (46,490 points)

    To check RAM, open Activity Monitor > System Memory

     

    Why do you wish to do that?

     

    Allan

  • Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Allan,

     

    Firstly, thank you.

     

    Where do i find activity monitor? Is it in the "finder' app?

     

    I'm doing it because I want to know if I have too many self-created folders and whether this is causing my connection to the net to keep dropping out? I'm also unable over the past week to receive emails through my imac mail app. My service provider has suggested that i check these out?

     

    Regards,

     

    Peter

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,700 points)

    There is a very useful dashboard check called iStat Pro which tells you all manner of things about your Mac.   Free download.

     

    Download iStat Pro for Mac - Advanced system monitoring widget.MacUpdate.com

     

    Activity monitor can be found in your applications folder and by clicking on it and dragging it to the dock, you will deposit a copy there for future use.   The original will remain in your folder.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (46,490 points)

    A very simple way to find Activity Monitor is to click on the little magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the screen and then start typing in 'activity'. Spotlight will start showing item on your hard drive that start with those letters. On my system 'ac' is enough for Spotlight to find it. As soon as Activity Monitor pops up as Top Hit, depress the left mouse button twice and it will open.

     

    Allan

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,095 points)

    I'm doing it because I want to know if I have too many self-created folders and whether this is causing my connection to the net to keep dropping out? I'm also unable over the past week to receive emails through my imac mail app. My service provider has suggested that i check these out?

     

    There is really no relationship between RAM, disk storage (such as folders), and network connections.  If you are having networking problems, you need to consider some other issue.

     

    With respect folders, the only known impact lots of folders have on RAM is in older versions of Mac OS X if there were too many folders or files placed on the Desktop, as at one time in the past, the Finder created little windows for each file/folder icon and those windows took up RAM, and since the Desktop is always there, the RAM was always in use.  Later Finder versions stopped that practice.

     

    Besides that one Finder issue, there is not relationship between the number of folders you create and RAM usage.

     

    By the way, Activity Monitor is Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor

  • Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    THanks very much Bob  ;0

     

    Peter

  • Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Allen.

     

    I went into system memory but how do i determine what is being used? and what is available?

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (46,490 points)

    In Activity Monitor, The free RAM is the total of Free and Inactive. The used RAM is total of Wired and Active.

     

    Why do you ever care? OS X does a fairly good job of managing RAM on its own.

     

    So what problem are you trying to solve here?

     

    Allan

  • Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Allan,

     

    Apologies if i sound very naive

     

    I'm just trying to ensure that i'm not using up too much of my memory- which could cause apps to slow down.

     

    I hope that makes sense.

     

    thanks,

     

    Peter

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (46,490 points)

    I figure that is what the operating system is there for.

     

    I use the Mac until it goes slow only then do I start worrying about it.

     

    I mean I didn't buy my Mac to worry about how it is using RAM.

     

    I bought so that I can process my photos and the other stuff I do.

     

    If you do want to watch things a very easy way to do it is to download and install atMonitor. It reports CPU. Temp, RAM, Disk and networks.

     

    Allan