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Ram spikes during installation

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February 20, 2010 6:33:34 AM

This problem has been plaguing me for so long... Sometimes when I install games or extract games that is in a RAR file, my RAM spike to a point where 94% of the memory is used. The longer the installation of the game or file is, more ram is consumed. Anyone care to enlighten me how did this happen? So far the only way for me to solve it is to reset the whole system since I can't do anything on the task manager...

My PC Specs is quite updated so I doubt it is some hardware problem?

Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66Ghz
4GB Kingston DDR3 1333 Ram
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
650W Corsair TX PSU
MSI GTX 260

Thanks in advance~
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February 20, 2010 7:03:31 AM

How are you measuring how much memory is used (or, conversely, how much is free)? "Available memory" is the important indicator.
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February 20, 2010 7:06:06 AM

I use both the Task Manager and the CPU meter gadget to measure them...
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a b $ Windows 7
February 20, 2010 7:09:03 AM

...and you're looking at "available memory", not "free memory"?
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February 20, 2010 11:38:28 AM

leonmagnus90 said:
This problem has been plaguing me for so long... Sometimes when I install games or extract games that is in a RAR file, my RAM spike to a point where 94% of the memory is used. The longer the installation of the game or file is, more ram is consumed. Anyone care to enlighten me how did this happen? So far the only way for me to solve it is to reset the whole system since I can't do anything on the task manager...

My PC Specs is quite updated so I doubt it is some hardware problem?

Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66Ghz
4GB Kingston DDR3 1333 Ram
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
650W Corsair TX PSU
MSI GTX 260

Thanks in advance~


So you are getting out of memory errors, the system locks up, what exactly is the problem? Memory usage in it's self is cause for alarm, unless the usage is causing other errors.
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February 20, 2010 1:41:07 PM

I'd say there could be some problem, with that much RAM, if available memory consistently fell to 6% or less. But if it's free memory - well, that's normal.
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