Loss of Ram over time

Dell / E1505
March 14, 2009 at 23:46:53
Specs: Windows XP
Hello,

I have currently 3Gb of ram installed. My computer recognizes all 3Gb of it but only says around 2.85Gb is available most the time. After some time the amount of ram available decreases over time right now its down to 1.83Gb after the computer being awake for a number or hours. There are no viruses and goes away for a while if i reboot but rebooting every 6 hours is not reasonable. This problem does not happen when I boot in Ubunto or Windows 7.


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#1
March 14, 2009 at 23:55:09
So is there a problem with this slowing down the system or is it just that you are hung up on the statistics? Have you checked task manager to see if anything unwanted is running in the background?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
March 15, 2009 at 00:15:10
Where are you seeing this number reported?

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#3
March 15, 2009 at 00:17:02
Morgan.W, I suspect the RAM is being consumed by your 'temp' files. They can grow quite large and are ordinarily deleted on a reboot. Maybe you need to manually delete periodically? Clear 'History'.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#4
March 15, 2009 at 00:37:38
Ed, what are you talking about? Temp files (such as Internet Explorer's history, cookies, etc.) are saved on the hard drive and may or may not be deleted on reboot. In any case, they are not stored in RAM, and would have no effect on the total RAM available.

As Richard suggested, you should look in task manager to see what process/program is using the RAM. There is probably some program with a memory leak problem that is slowly using up all the RAM.

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#5
March 15, 2009 at 03:38:20
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
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My RAM has a leak of about 10 MB every time I get on the Internet.
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I watch my RAM go down, using this ---
Search the web for a program called "Ram Idle".
Many places to download free.
It displays current free RAM in the System Tray.
Also you can right click the icon to free up any
amount of RAM.
I use a Beta version I got some years ago, and
has a Memory Usage of 2,888k.
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Go to this page ----
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946...
List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3

Then do CTRL + F, then type
memory leak
then click the find button, slowly for several times. You will find many XP fixes for memory leaks. That goes to show you that...
XP is one big pisser

Also, Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.


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#6
March 15, 2009 at 07:13:05
Thank you,

I found out it was my schools print client that was causing the leak. Its constantly querying whether I am on campus. Its been gone for a few hours and I have no more loss than expected.
I was worried since I would lose over a gig of ram in a matter of hours and my passmark benchmark test would go down by 200+ pts.

Morgan


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