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what in the world is eating all of my memory?

by moooose102 / November 21, 2009 10:37 PM PST

i have a hp vista computer (a1720n). a while ago, it was getting slow, so i thought i would upgrade the memory to help it out. that worked great, for a while. now, i notice that over half of the 3.0gb of memory is used up when the computer is just sitting here idleing. how can i tell what is using all of this memory, and then i will have to figure out how to turn off what ever the culprit is.

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For a VM OS this is proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2009 10:52 PM PST

In a VM (virtual memory) OS (operating system) the best sign of a good design is that there is ZERO FREE MEMORY. This means the OS has put every scrap of ram to work since it's the fastest access to anything.

Free ram is wasted ram.

Now back to the problem. It's not about free ram. And task manager does list programs and what they consume.

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what is eating all my memory
by moooose102 / November 22, 2009 7:27 PM PST

ok, i have been to the task manager, but i have no idea what are vital programs, and what is junk. i really screwed up a computer a long time ago, by removing programs i didn't think i needed. so i am not going to make that mistake again.

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Each item in task manager
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2009 10:27 PM PST

Is something you can research on google or other search engines. But I find some won't do that. Not that they won't but they had the one machine which is now offline.

Nothing stops you from trying a little research and learning more.

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Ram eaten by Vista
by sudhath_munasinghe / November 24, 2009 3:06 PM PST

I am in agreement with the statement saying the OS consumes more of RAM. For example, when I opened IE, 85 - 90% of RAM is occupied by OS and IE.
This is comparatively high.

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