Tracing a memory leak for a non programmer
Posted on 2006-04-21
I'm a PHP programmer, so I'm familiar with coding, but my problem is in windows, so I don't know where to start.
I run a number of pretty common programs all at once... Usually outlook, dreamweaver, winamp, act and a number of IE windows. After a while or working, closing apps, re-opening them, I get to a point where it appears I'm out of memory. I don't get any such message, and looking at taskman shows the Page File usage at about half. I have a gig of ram, and the PF is set to 1.5G. So the PF usage is around 780. It's pretty obvious when I reach this point. New IE windows open, but they don't load anything in the rendering window, the menus don't show... New programs show the splash screen, I get the windows 'error' sound, and they close (No error reporting messages)
In the process list in Taskman, I have Mem Usage and VM Size turned on. Neither of these seems huge for any running program. Any clues as to how I can find this missing memory? I've been running the same type setup for 3 years, (I reformat and start over at least yearly) and it always comes back. I don't have the patience to install my programs 1 at a time to see which is doing it ;)