I usually have a browser open and torrents running, but it sometimes happens when the comp is idle or when I'm watching a video.
That could do it Torrents
That could do it video
--might depend on the video processing capability of your system & CPU, of courseDoes it ever happen with regular browsing, that is Internet searches
I have about 1GB on an older computer with a geforce graphic card
--and don't have any swapping happening
Yeah, it's an oddball, for sure.
I just have on-board Intel graphics, but the videoram is OK. I have 1GB of RAM behind a 1.73GHz processor. Usually, my swap is all but unused - maybe a few MB of data there. If I run a VM, it climbs to 700 or so MB, but that's about the only time I see it in use. I even have vm_swappiness=10 in my /etc/sysctl.conf file.
As requested.. inxi -F
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System: Host me Kernel 2.6.28-16-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - Main Edition
CPU: Dual core Intel T2080 (SMP) cache 1024 KB flags (sse3 nx) bmips 6917.38
Clock Speeds: (1) 800.00 MHz (2) 800.00 MHz
Graphics: Card Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.6.0 Res: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 945GM GEM 20090326 2009Q1 RC2 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.4 Mesa 7.4 Direct Rendering No
Audio: Card Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller driver HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.21
Network: Card Atheros AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter driver ath5k_pci v: 0.9.4
Disks: HDD Total Size: 870.2GB (43.9% used) 1: /dev/sda Hitachi HTS54161 120.0GB
2: /dev/sdb USB_3.5" 750.2GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 8.8G used: 4.0G (48%) ID:/boot size: 1.8G used: 74M (5%) ID:/home size: 74G used: 33G (47%)
ID:swap-1 size: 1.50GB used: 0.35GB (23%)
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes 157 Uptime 6:14 Memory 478.8/993.2MB Client Shell inxi 1.1.13
and free -m
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total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 993 957 35 0 9 478
-/+ buffers/cache: 470 523
Swap: 1427 334 1093
I see 330-some-odd MB in swap right now, but I just got done watching a full-screen movie off a USB drive and I have a dozen torrents screaming away at 200k+/each in the background. I'd expect to see a little swap usage in those conditions.