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W8.1 Memory problems (leak?)

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 - 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    I have been googling your issue and seen one suggestion a few time ,assuming you have 2 sticks of ram ,try running the computer with just one stick of ram[then remove it and test the other one ] and see what it list for reserved for hardware, it just may be a faulty stick of ram
    I am using 3 sticks of RAM, 2GB each. But that shouldn't change anything i assume? I could still test the sticks one at a time.

    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Are you using your graphics card OR are you using onboard graphics?
    I am using my graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7970.

    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    What version of Win 8 are you using ? 32 bit or 64 bit ?
    If you're on the 32 bit one, all memory past 4 GB will be put in harware reserved, as is your case.

    I am using 64 bit OS with a x64-based processor, so that should not be the issue.

    Edit: I would also like to ask if i should have more RAM for my computer if you were to compare to the other specs? To make sure there is no bottleneck or such?
    Or atleast it could help with the previously mentioned "caching" making things run even smoother?
    I have always felt like i had very little RAM.
    Last edited by Xie; 08 Oct 2014 at 22:55.

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  2. #12


    Are you actually having a problem Or are you just concerned about the high memory percent being used.

    If the latter you are fretting for no good reason. Unused memory is wasted memory. The system should release memory as needed for other tasks. What good does it do t have 8 GB of memory if it isn't used?

    If you are having a specific problem maybe you should state that exactly and what it is.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 - 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pcgeek11 View Post
    Are you actually having a problem Or are you just concerned about the high memory percent being used.

    If the latter you are fretting for no good reason. Unused memory is wasted memory. The system should release memory as needed for other tasks. What good does it do t have 8 GB of memory if it isn't used?

    If you are having a specific problem maybe you should state that exactly and what it is.
    I apologize i forgot to add the reason itself that brought me here, while i was playing Alien: Isolation i had task manager open on the other screen as i was watching the memory usage, i noticed everything began to slow down more and more as the memory usage got higher and higher (up in the 97/100%), and eventualy it just froze, i couldn't do anything.
    Perhaps the memory usage is unrelated to the freeze, it hasn't froze since then and i've played it a lot more.

    But it still concerns about that 3GB hardware reserved memory, can it be used at all by my system?
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  4. #14


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Check this: run msconfig.exe, select boot tab, select advanced options, uncheck the maximum memory if it is limited. Reboot.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 - 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Check this: run msconfig.exe, select boot tab, select advanced options, uncheck the maximum memory if it is limited. Reboot.
    I forgot to mention that i already checked that before, i did disable it, and it is disabled now, but it seems to have made no difference, i just now got a pop-up from the taskbar saying "Disable apps to improve performance" perhaps it is related to the memory "problem"?
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  6. #16


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    The "Disable apps to improve performance", you can ignore. Has nothing to do with the memory issue that you still have not used the proper info to show us what the Process tab shows.
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  7. #17


    Adding up the items in the memory usage column in Task Manager will never equal total memory usage. Modern operating systems are far too complex for anything as simple as that. For a start the "Memory (Private Working Set)" column shown by default does not include all process memory usage which is often substantially higher. There are also major users of memory that are not processes. This includes the file cache, non-paged pool, and the resident portion of the paged pool, most of which Task Manager will tell you nothing about.
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  8. #18


    Does it only do this when playing this game or all the time. It is possible that the game is a memory hog and not returning memory to the system properly ( memory leak ).
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  9. #19


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Hi,
    I can just confirm what you said.
    I have been playing Alien Isolation and the memory went to 99%. I also have windows 8.1. This has happened to me many times already. I think this is a problem of the game, although it is strange that we have the same windows version.
    Anyway, i think it is a memory leak as pcgeek11 already said. I am playing with 4GB and normally that last to play some hours. I guess they should release a patch or we should buy more memory .
    Kind regards
    joniale
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  10. #20


    Hi
    I have had this problem while using Windows Media Player. The stuff below may help you.

    I have found a workaround on a per-session basis. Task Manager et al do NOT show which process is using all this disappearing memory.
    The workaround is one of the programs in the sysinternals package called RAMMap. While using Process Explorer (another sysinternals program) I can observe the total memory consumption and reduction thereto after using RAMMap.
    So, fire up Process Explorer and then fire up RAMMap. From the RAMMap menu, select Empty and then Empty Standby List. In my experience this, for whatever reason, makes Windows Media Player behave at least for the current session.
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