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So for a couple of weeks now I've been having issues with my System constantly complaining that I've run out of Memory whenever I launch a Video Game. Originally I thought it was a Browser hogging too much RAM, but Task Manager Processes doesn't back that up. This morning I re-started & found that as soon as I'd logged in, the System was already hogging 30% of my Memory, with another 20% a few seconds later. I'm just sitting there watching my screen, & 50% of my Memory is already gone.

Once again I checked Processes, but nothing. I barely see anything that accounts for 1GB, never mind 4. I've disabled that Microsoft Feedback thing that's heavy on the System, dealt with it ages ago, so I'm not sure what else it could be. My CPU usage sits at 5%, with it barely breaking 15% if I don't have a Game/any sort of Editor software open. Yes, I've checked to see that the System identified all the Memory, & it does - 8.00GBs.

I was thinking perhaps Windows wasn't installed correctly, but the Rig was set up in December, entire months ago, so that doesn't make sense.

Anyone have any ideas?
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At idle, W7 64bit hogs around 3.5GB of RAM. So your case seems normal unless you're facing slow downs.

If the message you're getting is the one stating to turn off Aero cause you don't have enough memory resources...etc then that's fine.
I always get it after a fresh install all the time even when I click the option to leave everything as is and never show this message again...etc, it would still show up a few hours later.
A few days later it disappears.
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3.5 Gigs? Wow. Efficient isn't it. Bah, guess I'll be getting Memory Upgrades at one point. Great.

Used to get the Aero Message for a bit, managed to get rid of that yeah. Bloody nightmare when it switches to that hideously awful thing. Could never figure out how to get it back to Aero either without a restart >.>

BitTorrent? Hm. I'm using uTorrent 3.3.2, Processes says it's only using about 20MBs, but I have been applying a lot of work to it recently...

Thanks.
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3.5GB at idle is NOT normal..

My own computer is idling at 1.6-1.7GB when there isn't anything running at the same time.
eXXon, are you talking about RAM usage when you've completely turned off the paging file?

"Implied" If I were you, I would start backing up my data and do a clean reinstallation and get all the latest drivers from Intel, Nvidia and the latest BIOS from MSI.
(New BIOS wouldn't hurt.)
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has nothing to do with bittorent, has to do with network activity, bittorent was just my title.

if you can't see whats taking the ram then in the task manager its going somewhere, so its likely a pool like, I found this issue to be common, so I'd just thought you may want to check it out.
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Can you check if the Resource Monitor tool sees more than the Task Manager?

Apparently, it's possible to use memory in a way that it does not show up in tools like the Task Manager or Resource Monitor. If I start a virtual machine, and it uses for example 1 GB of RAM, the memory use graph will correctly increase by that amount, but there's no process anywhere where those 1 GB get added. You can't find anything. The tool "VMMap" out of the SysInternals suite can still hunt that down so you can use that to inspect a process if you suspect one being the culprit.

Here's a screenshot about that in practice:



You can get the SysInternals suite here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx

Just download the .zip file at the top of the page and extract it somewhere into its own folder. There's no need to install anything, you can just directly start the programs. The "procexp.exe" file is the very popular "Process Explorer" and you might want to use that over the normal Task Manager. The tool in my screenshot is "vmmap.exe" file.

Also, I'm pretty sure Windows 7 doesn't use more than 2GB at idle. That memory that's called on "standby" might be confusing people, but isn't really in use.
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3.5GB at idle is NOT normal..

My own computer is idling at 1.6-1.7GB when there isn't anything running at the same time.
eXXon, are you talking about RAM usage when you've completely turned off the paging file?

"Implied" If I were you, I would start backing up my data and do a clean reinstallation and get all the latest drivers from Intel, Nvidia and the latest BIOS from MSI.
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This is when the PC boots with a 2 week old W7 fresh installation:

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This is when the PC boots with a 2 week old W7 fresh installation:
*Pic*

Hmm, If I remember correctly..
Windows 7 doesn't free up the memory unless it has to, and if you have a massive 32GB of RAM..
There really isn't a shortage anyway. tongue.gif

When having 8GB of RAM, that becomes a completely different story.
 
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Hmm, If I remember correctly..
Windows 7 doesn't free up the memory unless it has to, and if you have a massive 32GB of RAM..
There really isn't a shortage anyway. tongue.gif

When having 8GB of RAM, that becomes a completely different story.

Not really sure but it does make sense.

However any program running in the background would make that value increase.

If you have just the OS & drivers installed, then I can see it idling in the 1.5GB range, but as soon as you install your daily apps (Steam, Origin, Office, Monitoring tools....etc) you'll end up with more 2.5GB reserved even if you have just 8GB of system Ram.
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