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High Memory Usage


DAKAR

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Hi All My O/H has a pc running Vista the pc is about 4 years old and in the last few months it has become very very slow. I have today been into the start menu and shut down everything that does not need to start up on boot. I then ran BT PC health check and it reported "System does not have enough memory"I have checked in task manager and Physical Memory Total 766,Cached 476 Free 19(sometimes goes to 0)there are no big usage applications running, but as I am no computer geek I dont know if is good or bad,and also in Processes there seems alot of running services using lots of memory. I would really appreciate any help Regards Dakar

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Make and model?

Look in Computer -right click -properties should show amount of RAM

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DAKAR

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Hi Fruit Bat Make and model Acer, Aspire T180. 1Gb Hope this helps Dakar

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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That's quite low for Vista especially if sharing some memory for graphics. (Physical Memory Total 766,Cached 476)

it does mean that fitting more memory will do a lot of good.

The specs for a t180 shows DDR2 533/667/800 SDRAM expandable to 4GB

Crucial tool will advise of suitable memory (crucial not cheapest but guaranteed to replace or money back if it doesn't work)

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woodchip

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Have you checked Task Manager? right click Task Bar Task Manager check Running Processes to see what application is using Memory, a Program may have got a Memory Leak

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DAKAR

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Hi woodchip You have lost me already with memory leak, I went into task manager and checked Applications the only app running is Malwarebytes then went into processes and there are around 22 running the heavy users are dwm.exe 24636k explorer.exe4912k,EKstatusMoni708k,Taskman1976k,Vprot552k the others are between 450 and 700k Cpu usage 30%Physical memory 766 cached 437 free 0 I hope this makes some sense,I was intending to try fruit bats suggestion and add some more ram.What do you think? Regards Dakar

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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EKstatusMoni - Kodak printer driver

explorer.exe - explore you need this

dwm.exe - Desktop Window Manager is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista:

Vprot - AVG security toolbar you could get rid of this as its not essential for AVG

Taskman - Task manager, you had it open to see your applications and processors.

Quite simply, you need more memory (RAM)

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woodchip

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it would work better with more ram but 1 gig should be enough for most users

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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vista requirements as you can see if you want all the whistles and bells that come with vista (dwm) then 1G is the absolute minimum and you are losing part of this for your integrated graphics.

You will see a massive difference if you double your RAM to 2G and 3G would be better if running a 32bit system then windows will no be able to use above 3.5G

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Some things you could do to speed up your PC

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see blackviper.com

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

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DAKAR

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Hi guys Thanks for all the great help, Bought 2x1Gb memory sticks Ddr2800Mhz Pc2-6400 240 Pin Non-Ecc Had no problem installing the memory,but when rebooted the pc had a message "If this is the first time you have seen this stop error screen, restart your computer.If this screen appears again follow these steps" and it goes on to say check if hardware or software is properly installed,I am sure you have seen this screen before so I wont write everything,at the end of the message there is Technical Information which says"STOP 0x00000050 (0xF8169EB6,0x00000000,0x8FE2E731,0x00000002)" I hope this makes sense Kind regards Dakar

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