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'Computer Memory Low' Problem

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    'Computer Memory Low' Problem


    Hi All.

    I have Windows 8 and keep getting a 'low memory' problem. I am dreadful on computers so haven't a clue what to do! It is an Acer Aspire laptop which I have had about 18 months and apparently has '8 GB DDR3 Memory'.

    I have attached all the screenshots which i can think of that may help anyone to diagnose why i am getting this low memory problem. If anyone could offer any advice that would be amazing!









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  2. #2


    The problem here has nothing to do with a shortage of RAM but the high commit charge. This is currently 28.2 from a maximum of 31.8 GB. Under normal circumstances 31.8 GB is more than plenty. Typically the symptoms of a memory leak would be a high commit charge. To see the cause you need to select the "Details" tab and add the "commit size" column and show a screenshot sorted by that. There is no guarantee that will reveal the problem but it is a good start.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The problem here has nothing to do with a shortage of RAM but the high commit charge. This is currently 28.2 from a maximum of 31.8 GB. Under normal circumstances 31.8 GB is more than plenty. Typically the symptoms of a memory leak would be a high commit charge. To see the cause you need to select the "Details" tab and add the "commit size" column and show a screenshot sorted by that. There is no guarantee that will reveal the problem but it is a good start.

    Thanks for your help. Below is a screenshot of what i think you are asking for (Apologies if not!).

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  4. #4


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Lmiller7, I'd like to learn more about high commit charge! Is there a short document I can read about this? I'll be following along, listening in.
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  5. #5


    The "Commit size" column is not shown by default but must be manually added. Right click on any column header and select "Select columns" from the menu and add the "Commit size" column. Resize columns so everything is visible.

    Edit: The commit charge is a rather difficult concept to understand and many articles get it wrong. You really need an understanding of how a modern memory manager works and that isn't simple.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The "Commit size" column is not shown by default but must be manually added. Right click on any column header and select "Select columns" from the menu and add the "Commit size" column. Resize columns so everything is visible.

    Edit: The commit charge is a rather difficult concept to understand and many articles get it wrong. You really need an understanding of how a modern memory manager works and that isn't simple.

    Ah okay, i've added it now.



    I noticed the top one is McAfee but i don't even use McAfee - it came with the laptop but i downloaded AVG to use.
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  7. #7


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    I think you have to uninstall McAfee using Revo Uninstaller or McAfee's own uninstall tool -- else, it still runs & uses resources.
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  8. #8


    The McAfee commit might be high but it is less than 2% of the total. The problem is something else and rather beyond my experience.
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  9. #9


    "Low Memory" is also used as a general warning when there is memory allocation problem and doesn't mean literary not enough. Are there just some particular program/s that gives you that warning ?
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Not really, the only sort of program i use is i play football manager, but ive had this message when ive not been playing it (such as when i was taking thr screenshots).

    Only thing i can think of is when i got the message this time i had 9 or 10 different tabs open on chrome. But the computer is generally really slow recently even when ive only got 1 or 2 tabs open, i'm desperate to sort out the problem!
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