Very very high psysical memory

Microsoft Windows vista home premium (oe...
April 20, 2010 at 01:56:39
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,
I just had an issue with my laptop, this begun yesterday when i came back home I turned on my laptop and left it on for about 5 minutes before actually using it, when I started to use it, it was frozen. So then I restarted and it froze within 5 minutes, then I just left it. Today about an hour ago I turned it back on but it froze again within no more than 5 minutes of being turned on, I quickly ran task manager and my Physical memory usage was really high, it was 700-900mb and my laptop is pretty old so I only have 1gb of RAM. It has frozen in exact same way before but it has never happened consitently. Also I had Toshiba HDD recovery done a few times before to solve other problems. There are no viruses as i did a scan the day before the problem.
I would appreciate any help.

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#1
April 20, 2010 at 05:19:43
Is your OS Windows XP or Windows Vista upgraded over Windows XP ? ( You state your OS as Windows XP and your product as MS Windows Vista Home Premium (oem) )

CoolGuy


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#2
April 20, 2010 at 05:41:46
Sorry for that, I just joined today, but it's just Vista Home Premium. It came with my laptop .

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#3
April 20, 2010 at 10:08:31
Anyone?

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#4
April 20, 2010 at 10:10:14
Run the machine in safemode and try a system restore. Restore it back to a few days before the issue arose.

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#5
April 20, 2010 at 10:15:15
Did that already, it was the first thing I tried but the same thing happened. Also Toshiba TEMPRO started giving me warnings that more than 75% of my RAM was being used.

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#6
April 20, 2010 at 10:16:56
Did that already, it was the first thing I tried but the same thing happened. Also Toshiba TEMPRO started giving me warnings that more than 75% of my RAM was being used, and after I did a restore it appeared again.

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#7
April 20, 2010 at 10:52:35
Well... Were you able to run the machine fine in safemode? Did it have all of the system resources chewed up then as well? My guess is that system restore would have fixed your issue if it were software related. I can't think of any hardware issues that would cause something like that, but it seems the more likely of the two at this point. At any rate, I would run msconfig, start disabling startup items all the way down to the barebones to see if you can isolate what software, if any, is causing the issue. I cant imagine that it would be hardware related, but if you really did do a system restore, I would have thought that would have resolved your issue.

What the heck is Toshiba TEMPRO anyway? I typically uninstall extraneous software like that to begin with.


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#8
April 20, 2010 at 11:07:07
Safe mode runs fine. I just disabled almost everything as a test (keeping the important ones) using msconfig when I started my laptop the same thing happened, my RAM was like 700 then spiked to almost 900. TEMPRO is some toshiba thing which gives me updates on my computer or warnings about problems.
Also system restore has never worked well on my laptop I always had to resort to Toshiba HDD recovery but I recently lost the files which were in my second harddrive.

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#9
April 20, 2010 at 11:20:00
If system restore isn't working well, it sounds like you have a whole slew of problems. If it never ran properly, it never fixed the issues I was telling you to try it for. It sounds like the Toshiba program doesn't cover all the same areas.

What do you mean by "keeping the important ones." There likely isn't a single thing on that list that is 100% essential. I would try disabling everything and giving it another shot to see if it solves your issue. If you still aren't finding anything. Try googling a free microsoft utility called "autoruns" which does essentially the same thing but is more robust.

If safemode is running fine, its certainly not hardware related. Something is chewing up all your resources, we just have to find what it is.


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#10
April 20, 2010 at 11:34:40
Important ones as in McAfee and Vista OS. Also it freezes too fast for me to google anything. I'm on my Desktop PC now. What I mean by System restore not working well is that it doesn't create restore points. It creates points earliest being 1 or 2 days ago. I just tried turning everything off, it dropped to 600mb but if I start anything like iTunes or Chrome is spikes to 700-800 again.

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#11
April 20, 2010 at 11:41:31
Vista OS is not a startup program in msconfig. McAfee you could disable as well without harm for testing purposes.

What are your levels when running in safemode?


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#12
April 20, 2010 at 11:51:50
Idk what the vista OS thing is for but after I disabled all of them it was still 600mb. In safe mode it's from 340-380.

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#13
April 20, 2010 at 12:05:59
Maybe you should look into a utility that manages ram usage. I don't know of any free ones off the top of my head but I've had success using TuneUp Utilities in the past. It had a feature that would allow you to "clear" your ram anytime you wanted (took about 15 seconds.)

I can't say what your ram should be at after startup, but mines been of for sometime and is at 1.7gigs

You should probably do some research if you don't know what some of the executables are that are launching on startup. Just typing the executable name into google will give you a pretty good idea what it is and whether or not its harmful or even needed.


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#14
April 20, 2010 at 12:13:05
Alright will do, thanks for your help.

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#15
April 21, 2010 at 02:15:48
RAM usage can never be the cause of such system freezes the OP is experiencing. 700-900 MB is not too much for Vista. I think the OP damaged some system files or sectors on the hard disk or some drivers such as display adapter drivers are not installed correctly if the OP tried to update them.

Now OP, please run at a command prompt with elevated privileges the folllowing commands:

CHKDSK /F /R ( this command runs after laptop reboots and checks the hard disk for errors and repairs )

SFC /SCANNOW ( this command checks system files and replaces the ones that are faulty )

For drivers, I cannot say much at this point but it is highly likely that freezing is due to display adapter drivers. Uninstalling and reinstalling the display adapter drivers may help since freezing is occurring within 5 minutes of restarting and safe mode runs fine on Windows display adapter drivers ( you know, in safe mode gfx card drivers are not loaded ).

OP, what drivers did you try to update ? Toshiba Tempro may notify you of the updates but it does not install them automatically like WindowsUpdate. At least my daughter's Toshiba laptop never does it automatically thru Tempro.

CoolGuy


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