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mac os x 10.6.6 virtual memory size too big


My mac is starting to act a little sluggish and was going to do the usual repair permissions, blah blah blah but on the activity monitor, i dont really see a lot going on but my VM size is 130 GB on the system memory tab. 130 GB for a virtual memory page or swap file seems excesive. Im i reading it wrong or is there something going on? I have a intel macbook pro, core 2 duo, 1 gig ram 160 gb hard drive.


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check out this apple knowledgebase article and see if this explains what you are seeing.. ..can you paste a similar screenshot?

kaosmadnessAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I did some searching on the web and found that the number 150gb refered to who much VM the programs running COULD use but not infact that any was being used. One of the ways that it was explained is that if I had $100.00 and wanted to go to a restaurant, and the total number of items in their menu was equal to $500.00 (this would be my VM) that it simply means that I could end up to $500 but not that I have spent even a penny as of now. It was just wierd to see VM Size: 150 GB when i was running only a few programs. Thanks!
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