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My RAM is operating at 70% when I doing literally nothing, If i start most games it Freezes my PC!

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May 6, 2013 11:50:28 AM

This has all started to happen recently I have 8GB of RAM and 70% of this should not be used while I am doing nothing, I even close down Steam and Skype and any other programs from my Task bar, but it still stays around 70% mark. I really need to know what is going on with my RAM, this problem is preventing me from playing games or sometimes even streaming videos in HD.

Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 @3.4GHz
GFX: Gigabyte GTX660 OC
RAM: 8GB @ 667MHz
MoBo: Dell 0Y2MRG

If you need any other information just ask.

Thanks.
May 6, 2013 11:52:45 AM

Check the process list in taskmanager to see if you can find out what's hogging all the memory.
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May 6, 2013 11:53:47 AM

What programs or services do you have running? You should be able to look in task manager and see what's using the ram.
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May 6, 2013 11:55:57 AM

Post a screen shot of the task manager set to the Processes tab after having clicked the show processes from all users button at the bottom and sorted by Memory
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May 6, 2013 11:56:01 AM

There's nothing hogging processes that much.
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May 6, 2013 11:58:13 AM

If it is caused by a buggy driver it may not show in task manager. Also do you happen to have Ramdisk software installed?
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May 6, 2013 11:59:49 AM

smeezekitty said:
If it is caused by a buggy driver it may not show in task manager. Also do you happen to have Ramdisk software installed?


I dont think i have Installed any Ramdisk software.
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May 6, 2013 12:04:00 PM

4.6GB hardware reserved? That isn't right. Sounds like it is either a buggy driver or a hardware problem.
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May 6, 2013 12:05:12 PM

smeezekitty said:
4.6GB hardware reserved? That isn't right. Sounds like it is either a buggy driver or a hardware problem.


Yes thats what i think the problem is but, I need a fix.
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May 6, 2013 12:06:06 PM

Hardware reserved, are you using 32bit OS?
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May 6, 2013 12:07:07 PM

Supermuncher85 said:
Hardware reserved, are you using 32bit OS?


Nope 64bit (Windows 7 Home Premium)
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May 6, 2013 12:14:45 PM

So for example on mine I have hardware reserved 1MB :p 

Check msconfig / boot / advanced options /maximum memory
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May 6, 2013 12:23:25 PM

Just had this with a laptop. One of the memory chips wasn't fully seated. Just enough for windows to know it was there, but not enough to be able to use it. You'd think it'd be all or nothing, so it took a while to notice.

Granted yours isn't exactly half, but you could have some ACTUAL hardware reserve on the fully seated chip too. Worth a shot.
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May 6, 2013 12:23:44 PM

Wait one more thing, what Dell model is that mobo from? Can't find anything specific with that model number. Is it a XPS8300?
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May 6, 2013 1:56:25 PM

Looks to me like one stick is only working partially.. only 518MB of it seems to be working, so the cause would point to the OS. If those 518MB were not being used, the cause would be Physical memory recognition, possibly RAM or mobo slot damage, but I would not yet discard the possibility till all the following checks are done:

Windows checks:
1. Check in msconfig\boot\advanced\maximum memory http://support.gateway.com/s/software/microsof/vista/75...

2. Instert the Windows disc and type SFC /SCANNOW on the Search bar, the Run command or the Command Prompt.
3. The last Windows option would be to do a repair installation or install a copy of Windows on a second partition.

Physical RAM checks:
Do this to discard the possibility of RAM or mobo damage (see your system information after each check):
1. check if both RAM sticks are fully seated.
2. take both sticks out, clean the pins with a clean dry soft cloth giving it about five passes, install them back and try the computer.
3. if still nothing, try one stick at a time on each slot, checking the results
4. next reset the BIOS.
5. if still nothing, try your RAM in another computer and if possible also borrow a stick or two of working ram to try them on your computer so you can check for RAM slot damage.
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