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I have an imac running sl with 4gb of ram. Suddenly, the system started running really slow - no update or anything, just after powering on this morning.

In activity monitor, the free ram dissapears after a few seconds to 5 - 8 mb and the remainder is mostly taken up with an active state. This is without me starting any programmes up.

Also, straight away the page in and outs start rising - its been about 5 minutes now and theyre both on about 5gb already. I repeat, im not starting up any programmes!

Can anyone help?
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Oh yeah, VM is on 121gb also. Seems a little large!?
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Also, sitting here watching the activity monitor, it seems every few minutes the majority of the pie chart goes green but then fills up again with yellow.
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What does Activity Monitor show is using all the RAM when it fills up?

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Heres a screen so you can see whats running.

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What does Activity Monitor show is using all the RAM when it fills up?
Nothing as such?!
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What Native instruments app are you running?

There are also issues with Apogee's Duet and Lion.

Open up Applications / Utilities / Console and see what the logs are indicating.

(That's about the cleanest looking Activity Monitor I've ever seen. I have about 3 pages of stuff all the time. And that VM number is always extremely large. Mine is sitting at 190+GB currently)

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There seems to be a lot of this;

23/07/2011 13:56:52 com.apple.launchd[1] (0x10041cab0.mach_init.mdworker[286]) Job appears to have crashed: Bus error

23/07/2011 13:56:52 com.apple.ReportCrash.Root[285] 2011-07-23 13:56:52.687 ReportCrash[285:1407] Saved crash report for mdworker[286] version ??? (???) to /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/mdworker_2011-07-23-135652_localhost.crash

23/07/2011 13:56:58 com.apple.launchd[1] (0x10041cab0.mach_init.mdworker[288]) Job appears to have crashed: Bus error

23/07/2011 13:56:58 com.apple.ReportCrash.Root[285] 2011-07-23 13:56:58.328 ReportCrash[285:2907] Saved crash report for mdworker[288] version ??? (???) to /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/mdworker_2011-07-23-135658_localhost.crash

23/07/2011 13:57:03 com.apple.launchd[1] (0x10041cab0.mach_init.mdworker[289]) Job appears to have crashed: Bus error

23/07/2011 13:57:03 com.apple.ReportCrash.Root[285] 2011-07-23 13:57:03.660 ReportCrash[285:380b] Saved crash report for mdworker[289] version ??? (???) to /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/mdworker_2011-07-23-135703_localhost.crash
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Well, those are all spotlight... with a bus error.

Perhaps some external drive or device that it's trying to index and is not connected to your machine currently.

I had to go into mine and re-add all the locations and drives I didn't want it indexing. The Lion upgrade had removed all of my previous Spotlight preferences. It was even indexing my TM backup - for what I ask?

And I welcome any other thoughts out there.

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You absolutely right, thanks!

mdworker was trying to index an external drive. I dont know why afetr a year this has started causing problems but ive moved it into the spotlight privacy pane now and all is well.

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Glad that was it, because I wouldn't have been much more help.

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Hi guys.
I have just jumped into the same problem (again), and it happened (again) after I updated my Audio Kontrol 1 from Native Instruments. (It seems to happen everytime I update something from NI, and because I need to work, I used Time Maschine and went back to a date when it was working). I imagined that updating the Audio Kontrol would not afftect it but it did.

I also ran a TM backup last night, and now when I connect it, it starts to do a backup of the whole drive...?

MAybe I should leave the mdworker and let it finish? I have put a drive that it intended to index into the privacy and error messages stopped, but mdworker still works full speed.

Any ideas?.

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A temorary solution that seems to work is putting the internal HD i Privacy of SPotlight, kind of puts the whole Spotlight thing to waste. Many people seems to htink that it is a Lion problem, I am still on SNow, to me it seems to be a problem with program that is Lion compatible. Thats why I ran into the same thing several times when trying to upgrade to last version of Reaktor, Massive etc. from Native I.

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Please read the "Beachballs" link in my signature...it may help.

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Hi Nick.
I do restart my computer at least once a day, I also see that mdworker is crashing a lot. I also postively sure that I have enough ram (A new i7 Pro with 4 gigs), and its starts after updating my Native Instrument applications....weird. I have tried it like 3-4 times now, since I obviously want to have the latest updates, but everytime I have gone back to and earlier date (with TM) and it solve the problem.

Hoping for a sloution of course, but...I need my daw up and running.

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