nero642 wrote:Hello all first post so i'll try and get the point across as best i can.
I installed the latest version of linux mint kde yesterday i have been dabbling with linux the past few weeks and can sort of get around it.
My problem is high ram usage, the system after its turned on and with a bit of web browsing uses roughly 360MB this i thought wasnt too bad as other versions of linux i tried were using this, the problem comes when i try to do anything else, i extracted a tv show which was rar'd this only took a minute to do but my ram usage shot up from the usual to using 3400MB and stayed there the process table shows i have 3546 MB installed, its really 4 gig but i can live with that. I rebooted the system and then transferred the tv show onto a usb stick, this sent the ram used to over a gig, it has since dropped back down to 833MB but all im doing is using the web browser.
I cant really understand the process table but it says i have 140 process's running?? can anyone help me lower the memory used
You're worrying unnecessarily !
What is happening here is file caching, Linux will cache the file in memory so that it can be read quicker with less disk I/Os ...
if you then need more memory to run another application it will automatically release some of the memory from disk cache and make it
available for the application.
Linux memory management isn't like windows, it is far more intelligent, so don't let it worry you, just use the machine and enjoy it
If you want to see what is going on, open a terminal and type
- Code: Select all
This will start a tool which will give you a view of what is going on.
Press S1 to get updates every second (Or s2, s3 etc etc) and press 1 to see the load on each processor separately.