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#1 capr


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 20:30

I keep getting this "you are short on memory" message from windows 7. 


Here is what resource monitor and task manager give me. It makes no sense... 




I tried restarting a few  times but after an hour of normal usage, same thing happens. Is there a better tool for memory usage tracking? 

#2 Astra.Xtreme


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 20:37

We can't really tell by that screenshot, but it looks like you must have a lot of Chrome tabs open.

#3 Phouchg


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 20:39

It does make sense in a way that Working Set doesn't show all memory used by process. In fact, no tool is able to show that due to multitude of technical reasons.


Anyway, see if there are some unrecognized processes in that long list. Things like ramdisks, for example.

#4 sc302


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 20:53

process hacker does a pretty good job at showing you memory usage...esp system drivers and such.



#5 guitmz



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 21:06

wow i dont get that with lower ram amount and you are getting with 16gb? what are u doing? hehehhe kidding bro.. are u running something intense? 

#6 mduren2445



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 21:55

I also saw alot of ............(clearing memory :D )  excel.exe open a long with chrome......are their critters running around your system?

#7 OP capr


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 22:32

I just opened chrome to make this post... only extensions are adblock and dictionary.... I used microsoft's little "process explorer"  to get more details and it didn't' help. chrome was using a lot but no where near 16gb. more like 700mgs (i know that's still too high)


Excel needs to be open but it doesn't look like it's hogging resources. I have 4 instances of it open so I can use multiple monitors easily. 


Can virtualbox cause this? I have 1 vm instance open which takes 3gb of system and doesn't show up in task manager. When I close it, it does free up about 2gb. but that still leaves about 13-(3 system) so 10 gb for applications? lets say 3 for excel+chrome and other crap. still have 7gb going to what???... 


Here is what it looks like on a fresh boot with all the same applications running (to my knowledge) notice the bump, that's the VM turning on. in 10-20 hours I  can send you what it turns into... without me opening anything else. 




#8 mduren2445



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 01:44

check your event logs to see if there are any hints to whats hogging memory