Windows 7 Memory/Multiple Displays

Just a general question.

I've got a POS laptop - nothing all that special - Windows 7, 3GB of ram, etc.  No special video card.  Was about a $400 laptop a couple of years ago so definitely wasn't going top of the line.

At work - I usually run 2 displays off of it.  At home - just the attached display.  At work - the laptop seems to really bog down (windows services can get up to 1.3GB of ram - firefox/chrome end up being other huge memory hogs).  It's not unusual for me to have to close down processes because I find the system memory gets up to 94-95% after a period of time.

At home, however, I never seem to have those same issues...and the only discernible difference I can seem to figure is that I'm not attaching a second monitor when I'm there.

Is that a fair guess as to the cause of the memory issues?
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
I think its a fair assumption.

Can you post the exact make and model of the machine along with as many components you can please from processor make and type to ram type if possible.

What is the exact operating system version being used here? windows home? 32 or 64bit?

(2)Can you also post a task manager processes(with show process from all users ticked) and sorted from high memory to low memory process wise screenshot.

(3)Can you also post a screenshot of both performance and resource monitor, that is another 2 screenshots here.

(4)Can you also post errors, warnings and criticals from the system and application log in windows.

(1)Prior to this update all of your drivers actually and install all windows updates because the above is

Thanks.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Two possibilities come to mind:

1. Adding the second screen you NATURALLY have more open since you can more easily switch between apps and such.
2. The graphics memory is SHARED memory and for a second screen does require more RAM to provide an image to both screens... depending on screen resolution, it may be 256-512 MB more.  I'd take a note of the amount of RAM listed in the System section of the System control panel to see if there's any change in the "usable" amount.  (Not sure if there will or won't be - just a guess that it could be).
David SankovskySenior SysAdminCommented:
I highly doubt it, The VGA port transmits the output weather or not there's a device connected to it, but there's a very simple test.

Either work with the attached screen only while at work for one day, or attach another screen to the laptop while at work.
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Michael-BestCommented:
"Is that a fair guess as to the cause of the memory issues?"

Yes, it will be slower due to the extra work put on the video card.
If you have a modern video card with the proper drivers installed, it should handle the extra load easily.
Try re-installing your video drivers.
Download them from the makers web site, to make sure you have the latest version installed.
Drivers working properly can make all the difference.
erzoolanderAuthor Commented:
Computer type - Gateway NV54

Screenshots -

perform1.jpgperform2.jpgperform3.jpg
Event log - nothing really in applications - system log:

I see some warnings like
ntfs: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption
disk: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\DR6

(second one gives me concern...lol)
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
thats a replacement hard disk for a start and that could well explain crippling lag.

I would actually look at replacing this laptop.

If you want to keep using it bump the ram to 6GB and replace the disk. Install all MS updates too pls.

looks like photoshop and acrobat on this machine, are the specs of this machine capable of running such a product? ideally id want an SSD and 8GB of ram + tbh to run these apps.
rindiCommented:
At the Office, are you connected to an AD domain? That will often slow you down as data is synced between the PC and the servers, particularly at bootup and shutdown. The 2nd display shouldn't normally impact system speed by much. Also, are you using the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7? If it is the 32 bit version you will only be able to use up to 4GB RAM, so increasing that might not help too much. Besides, your model only supports DDR2 modules, and according to the specs it can only take 4 GB max. Although meanwhile you can get 4GB DDR2 modules, those are very expensive and it isn't guaranteed they will work, you'd have to be able to test them at the shop before buying them. But it is likely that you can almost get a new or newer 2nd hand PC for about the same price!

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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
I have a similarly specd laptop rindi, and adding a display output caused performance issues for me fyi. on my local lan. no servers.

id go along with that get a machine with an SSD and 8GB of ram, and backup that machine pronto.

run a belarc too so you keep your licence keys easily.
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