How can I reduce page faults?
Posted on 1998-12-29
I'm running Win98 on an AMD K6/300 with 128 megs of RAM on a M-Tech R540 mainboard (TX chipset) and an IBM Deskstar 14 gig UDMA hard drive. I routinely run between 4 and 6 applications on the system at the same time. After the system is on for 3-4 days, the system slows down enough to lose a race to an old an 80286! I researched this problem and found out I am getting between 50 and 100 page faults (using System Monitor). If I reboot, the problem does not return for several days. Page faults are caused when the program does not find what it needs in cache or main memory, so it looks in the DLL or elsewhere for what it needs. This slows the system down to a crawl. My C partition is 3 gigs, and has over 2 gigs free for the swap file which is on drive C. I've got enough memory too. Why am I getting these page faults? Right now the system has been on for 2 days and the page faults are creeping up to about 60. Sometimes they will drop to 10 and other times they will peak at over 200! Help!