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    Aquarius xx1
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    G4 MDD Dual Boot - Advice Please : )
    Hi there -
    i know it's a bit cheeky posting this here as it's more of an OS issue ... but i didn't get any response in the "Windows, Linux, and Other Software" forum ...


    problem is :
    i've just bought a dual boot 1.25Ghz MDD G4 w/2gb RAM .
    whilst in OS9 i look to see how much memory is being used by the OS (under 'About This Computer') ... and it says 574 MB !!!
    Is that normal ?

    i've checked the Extensions folder .. it only contains 152MB of Extensions .. so i don't think it's that ....
    the whole System Folder is only 562MB (don't think it's that) .

    does anyone else run a dual boot system similar to mine ? ... if so , it would be really handy if you could let me know if this is abnormal .

    much appreciated .
    hopefully i can help someone out somewhere in the future too .

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    lil
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    This is quite normal under Mac OS 9 or older, as its memory allocation scheme is a lot different to OS X and it tends to grab big chunks even if it physically isn't using all that you allocate it. I would not worry about this!

    Vicky

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    I just booted up my G4 500 Sawtooth into OS 9.2.2. Do you by any chance have the Ram Disk enabled? Check the Memory control panel. Otherwise I have never had that much used. Mine is around 67Megs used when it boots into OS9 with no other applications running. I have 1.25GB RAM and over 1GB free. I don't have any extra extensions turned on either. Pretty much a stock install of 9.2 with the .2 upgrade installed.

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    Aquarius xx1
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil
    This is quite normal under Mac OS 9 or older, as its memory allocation scheme is a lot different to OS X and it tends to grab big chunks even if it physically isn't using all that you allocate it. I would not worry about this!

    Vicky
    Thanks Vicky ...

    i should maybe have made it clearer tho ...
    it's just the OS using all that memory !!
    there are no other visible programmes (other than Finder) running !! :O

    Is that still normal ?

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    Aquarius xx1
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7
    I just booted up my G4 500 Sawtooth into OS 9.2.2. Do you by any chance have the Ram Disk enabled? Check the Memory control panel. Otherwise I have never had that much used. Mine is around 67Megs used when it boots into OS9 with no other applications running. I have 1.25GB RAM and over 1GB free. I don't have any extra extensions turned on either. Pretty much a stock install of 9.2 with the .2 upgrade installed.
    Hey thanks D ,
    i was begining to think it was normal .!
    i can't believe that more than a quarter of my 2 gig of ram is being used up by the Finder .

    Hopefully someone can shed some light on this :batman:


    ps i'm not using a ram disk and virtual memory is swiched off .

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