High memory usage?

Posted on 2007-10-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi Folks,

This is the case > I have 29 processes running and the memory usage is 358/2460. Now when I add the memory usage of each program individually and count the memory used it gives a total of 140 MB.

Shouldn't these figures correspond to eachother?  I always thought that when I counted the memory usage of each process individually, they would be something like windows report in the left corner. Now my system is less responsive than it was before and I don't know what is cuasing this. It's a nearly clean install and I installed it a week ago. Now I have installed some programs but I did that in the past as well with no problems.

I have 1 gig of ram and normally this is more than enough for what I do. If you need more info let me know. What I would like to know is whether my assumption about the total memory usage is right and perhaps some advice on digging into this thing. I have Kaspersky running all the time and believe my system to be virusfree.

Kind regards and thanks in advance,

Question by:PeterdeB
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    Expert Comment

    Hello PeterdeB,

    For first line investigation into issues like this I would recommend using Process Explorer. Its a tool oput out by that got purchased by Microsoft.

    It is a great tool for digging into how much memory each process is using, and what they are all doing.


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    Accepted Solution

    This link should help.  It was previously highly recommended by LeeTutor ..

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    > I have Kaspersky running all the time <
    It may also be useful to download  and scan with one of the following (after first disconnecting from the internet), then temporarily disabling your Kaspersky scanner .. just to see if Kaspersky with all it's updates, is heavy on your resources.

    Download AVG Antivirus Free 7.5.488 >
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    Hi Peter,

    The 358/2460 is 'Commit Charge'. 358 stands for 'Total' & 2460 is 'Limit'.
    'Total' is RAM + Page File being used.
    'Limit' is RAM + Page File currently available.
    'Peak' is the max RAM + PF that has been used.
    If Peak value approaches 'Limit' value, it indicates system needs more memory.
    This is what I've read long agoes & have had no reson to dispute.

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    Expert Comment

    Boot the pc, and use it as you would normally for several hours, preferably a day.

    Then, in Task Manager, check the Commit Charge - Peak value.  If this is greater than the Physical Memory - Total that you have, you should consider adding more.

    For other troubleshooting, work through ALL of this....
    it's long, but it's worth it.
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    Expert Comment

    apologies, slow posting... didn't see others had used that link already.

    Author Comment

    Robmonster > I ran Process Explorer but found it a little hard to comprehend all so I went for Johnvee's approach.  Thanks anyways!

    JohnVee > speaking of thoroughly tweaking and cleaning your system ;-)

    Saroshimistry > you get the remaining 250 for answering the other part of my question.

    DanCh99 > Thanks for your comment, if you were the first to respond you would have gotten surely 350 points for commenting on both matters.

    Kind regards and thanks a lot,

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    Expert Comment

    Dweeep ... thanks for the detailed summary ... glad to help!
    Incidently if at any time you wanted to take another look at Process Explorer, it's worth spending time with it.  You may find the 'help' section quite useful >

    "Process Explorer v11.02":

    @ DanCh99  .. no problem, i've done the same thing on a number of occasions !

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