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Large amount of memory in use at all times.

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January 27, 2012 6:14:47 PM

So I turn my PC on this morning I come back after getting some OJ and to my surprise programs are being closed to do lack of memory. Now I was shocked cause I have 8GB of ram which shouldn't have even been close to being used at boot , I look in task manager and find 85%+ use ages so I jump in MSCONFIG drop some start up programs check device manger and see that it shows all 8GB and then run a Memcheck. Memcheck comes back clean and now I'm only using 25% of my ram on start up. This just doesn't seem right how can I be using 2GB or more just running windows nothing else , iv run mem check , malwarebytes , windows security scan , swapped out the ram and I'm still using 2gb maybe , maybe I'm wrong but this just doesn't seem right. I wanted to get some input from the community.

System-
AMD Phenom II X6 Running at 4.0 GHZ
8GB 2x4gb Corsair sniper 1600 mhz
MSI 870 Fuzion
90gb SSD *model escapes me at the moment all this has on it is OS did a few checks of this drive and its clean and defraged*
4x500GB HDD WD cavair Blue *none raided*
AMD 6870 1GB
Cooler Master HAF X 932
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January 27, 2012 6:18:47 PM

check taskmanager on process tab and arrange by memory use, largest to the top and check what is using the ram. it sounds like a program is playing up on your computer.
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January 27, 2012 6:20:30 PM


Without knowing exactly what applications you have running, it is impossible for us to say whether 2 GB usage is right or not.

Also, do NOT defrag a SSD, ever, it does nothing but use up write cycles.
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January 27, 2012 6:23:44 PM

What OS? W7 64basic installation will use 600MB+

Add antivirus, apps, bla bla, mine uses 2GB at startup out of 16GB
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January 27, 2012 6:24:04 PM

When I installed my new rig I noticed a huge amount of ram usage (2.5GB used on a fresh install with drivers and hardware related software only). It turned out that Virtu was eating up memory for the onboard GPU, and that was why the use was so high. After using virtu once and finding that it really wasnt that great, i uninstalled it, got my ram back, and have never looked back.
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January 27, 2012 6:30:47 PM

right now i am using from 1.6 to 1.8 gig of memory on win 7 64
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January 27, 2012 6:42:06 PM

I've noticed a few times programs such as wmpnetwrk (windows media network) would start EATING ram up like no other because of an error.

If this is the case for you, disable the service using services.msc
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January 27, 2012 8:25:50 PM

If you read what I wrote I said that nothing else is running although this is not TOTALLY true there is no anti-virus running at start up * I uninstalled them completely to be sure * I literary have splashtop and AIM messenger running and the most basic of windows services and im at 2.20GB at start up , I'm using Windows 7 64Bit. To give you some idea SVCHOST.EXE is currently the only processes over 100,000k, When I add up my top 15 processes I can't even get past maybe .8 GB and whats left is like 1,000k per a had full of applications.
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January 27, 2012 9:11:41 PM

Run Resource Manager and post a screenshot of the Memory Tab
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January 28, 2012 1:14:23 AM

Ya that was one of the first things I checked none of the media services are running I appreciate the help though.
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January 28, 2012 1:22:12 AM

Okay so Im 100% sure there is SOME issue now I went through and added up EVERY single running processes used memory and only came up with 1.656GB of used Mem even if you add in the systems quoted 706 TOTAL MB used for Kernal mem * this is a paged PLUS unpaged number. adding this you only get roughly 2.4 GB but the system says its using 3.4 that is one hole missing GB.
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January 28, 2012 1:54:56 AM

what is your page file size
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January 28, 2012 2:06:02 AM

Sometime I use a image drive program such as poweriso. If you mount an image it will easily go up to 8 gig of ram usage.
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January 28, 2012 10:11:55 AM

illfindu said:
Okay so Im 100% sure there is SOME issue now I went through and added up EVERY single running processes used memory and only came up with 1.656GB of used Mem even if you add in the systems quoted 706 TOTAL MB used for Kernal mem * this is a paged PLUS unpaged number. adding this you only get roughly 2.4 GB but the system says its using 3.4 that is one hole missing GB.

By default taks manager shows the values for working set.... the total used is based on the commit size value. The 1GB difference is the amount that is reserved by your application but that can be released if necessary for other applications if necessary. Do a view select columns if you want to see the different counters and values for memory usage
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January 28, 2012 11:03:16 AM

sounds like your infected. try malwarebytes.
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January 28, 2012 11:06:05 AM

What did Resource Monitor show when you ran it?
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January 28, 2012 11:12:51 AM

lafontma said:
Do a view select columns if you want to see the different counters and values for memory usage
lafontma's suggestion is a good one.
You can configure Task Manger to show the same type of expanded RAM usage data (but without the chart).

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January 28, 2012 11:34:18 AM

Try downloading CCleaner, i use it all the time...fast easy way to stop programs opening on PC startup and therefor use less memory. Other than that run virus scanner, maybe try looking at bios and whether it's set to use the right sort of ram that you have 1066, 1333, or 1600 etc
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January 28, 2012 11:43:19 AM

incantus said:
Try downloading CCleaner,

@ illfindu; Try the easy stuff first.


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January 28, 2012 6:50:08 PM

Ya i mean part of this is what im saying iv ran through every thing I can think of ran malwarebytes cclean is run daily i even ran a batch file to run through the processes and add up all the mem usages of it seems like there is about 1 missing GB of memory that passes memory check and isnt being used bye a virus or maleware *at least according to all the scans I can run*. My best guess is that some where there is a error causing a memory leak. I wanna thank every one who has commented so far its all ways nice to see a outflow of help from the community.
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