I have problems, usually in Safari, with the pinwheel/beach ball - I'll call it the pinwheel - It seems that I have to restart my computer ocassionally to get rid of all the 'stuff' on my RAM, otherwise I have very slow keyboard response, a pinwheel jumps in and I have problems getting sites to open. I upgraded my RAM to 2GB thinking that would help, but it doesn't. I think somethings wrong with Safari - because that's always where I have the pinwheel problem, otherwise, everything is OK. I watch the amount of RAM being used through Activity Monitor, and it always shows that, progressively, more and more RAM is eaten up as I remain on the 'new' restart. After a while, I have so little open RAM, I just do another 'restart' and have tons of open RAM.

Please help


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I've always had that issue with Safari. I've tried other browsers and settled with Camino. Little memory usage, depending on sites I visit, but less RAM usage than Firefox and Opera. Opera is my second choice. I just don't like dealing with the increasing memory usage, beach ball spinning and the slowness of Safari. I have to use it for certain sites right now as I need a fresh installation of Camino because something has gotten corrupted. Verified by a free app called Troubleshoot Camino. I also have a paid app called iFreeMem that frees up RAM without rebooting. Works great for me.
I've also been using a free (donations accepted) app called Memory Monitor for years. It uses less memory than Activity monitor. Bernard Baher made it.
I used to use Mac Janitor to clean up things & release memory. It won't work properly on Leopard, but it may still work with Tiger. It's free also. It worked better than iFreeMem. Both take a miniscule amount of time to work.
Hope this helps you. These apps did help me tremendously.

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