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Windows 7: Low Virtual Memory Win 7 causes freeze


08 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Low Virtual Memory Win 7 causes freeze

My PCs has been crashing nearly everyday and it started to happen just before xmas.
I recently called the manufacture and they replaced the Motherboard and memory but the issue still persist.

This morning I went to do a System restore hoping it would help and then I got to the PC I was finally able to catch the error message "Your computer is low on memory, To restore enough memory for programs to work correctly. Save your files etc..." The computer had been left on overnight with no programs running. I have 5 PC in the house and 3 of which are crashing with the same error, all running Windows 7 32bit and Office 2007.

I when into event viewer and managed to pull up the below information, (pictures attached) Taken after the error message.

I done some research and suspect its a memory leak as the PCs have 2GB of RAM and the VM is locked at 4GB. If I run Process Explorer would I be able to tell straight away if a memory leak was to happen i.e. would the Private Bytes value increase? Or would the Virtual Size increase?

Thanks


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08 Feb 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

There is this on the subject
3 stubborn PC problems you can fix
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08 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This might help you.
What is mcupdate.exe? - mcupdate explanation.
I would run Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Super Anti Spyware to make sure your clean. Also run a scan with your Anti Virus. Make sure all are updated before you scan. More ram also would help.
Please update your specs in lower left (My System Specs)
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08 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This might help you.
What is mcupdate.exe? - mcupdate explanation.
I would run Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Super Anti Spyware to make sure your clean. Also run a scan with your Anti Virus. Make sure all are updated before you scan. More ram also would help.
Please update your specs in lower left (My System Specs)
I have Panda running and done a full scan, no issues have come, up.

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08 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
There is this on the subject
3 stubborn PC problems you can fix
Maguscreed, I don't think is a VM or RAM issue, I believe it may be a memory leak. I say this before looking at the Event log if you totall the bytes allocated its adds up to 160MB which is under the 2GB I have installed on the machine with a extra 4GB on the VM.
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08 Feb 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If that's the case a simple system clean up is probably in order.
It would be so much easier if I had a actual crash dump to work from here.
Virtual memory errors can be caused by just about anything though.
It could be as simple as bad registry entries.
You could always try remaking the pagefile and increasing it's size.
This could just be some sort of issue with the pagefile itself. Manually adjusting it, should force the system to 'remake' the page file which may solve the problem in and of itself.
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08 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
If that's the case a simple system clean up is probably in order.
It would be so much easier if I had a actual crash dump to work from here.
Virtual memory errors can be caused by just about anything though.
It could be as simple as bad registry entries.
You could always try remaking the pagefile and increasing it's size.
This could just be some sort of issue with the pagefile itself. Manually adjusting it, should force the system to 'remake' the page file which may solve the problem in and of itself.
Before I go ahead with the page file I'm sure the system will crash and again and display the error message, in which case how do I go by creating a dump file. If you could advice me, then I can post it on here on the next crash.

Thanks
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08 Feb 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I know a few ways of forcing a crash, but that would just give a error for the trick used to cause it.
Honestly I don't think this is driver related, my best suggestion is to just manually increase the pagefile right now. I have my own set for a range of 300mb to 6.1gb.

It never uses all of it obviously but it seems to run better when you blow it up beyond it's need.
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08 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
I know a few ways of forcing a crash, but that would just give a error for the trick used to cause it.
Honestly I don't think this is driver related, my best suggestion is to just manually increase the pagefile right now. I have my own set for a range of 300mb to 6.1gb.

It never uses all of it obviously but it seems to run better when you blow it up beyond it's need.

Thats fine, I'll increase the Page file size, I'll let it to automatic, this way windows can do the sizeing

If the system does freeze up again and I have to to a manual reboot, where would I get the dump file from which caused the freeze?

Thanks
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08 Feb 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

see the link at the bottom of my box here for info on handling dump files.
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