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Chapter 18. Maintaining Your Computer > Monitoring System Activities

Monitoring System Activities

Panther lets you view exactly how much processor power the various files and applications you have open are using, by utilizing the Activity Monitor. The Activity Monitor is a highly accurate tool that gives you up-to-date information on the various operations currently being used on your computer. It gives you the ability to view the process on a live graph, and even to halt various processes. In addition, if you own a multi-processor Mac, you'll see a separate graph for each processor to let you know how well the operating system is dividing the load.

Monitor System Activities

Open the Applications folder, double-click the Utilities folder, and then double-click the Disk Utility icon.

Select a process from the available options.

To view more information, click the Inspect button.

To save the current process list, click the Export button.

To force a quit of the selected process, click the Quit Process button.

To search for a specific process, enter a search string in the Filter field.

To view selected processes, click the Process pop-up.

Select from the following monitoring tabs:

  • CPU. Select to view a graph of the process currently active.

  • System Memory. Select to view the current distribution of system memory.

  • Disk Activity. Select to view information on the current disk activities.

  • Disk Usage. Select to view disk usage on the selected disk (click the Disk pop-up to select a disk).

  • Network. Select to view the current activity across the network.

Click the Close button.


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