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Windows 7: Think i have a memory leak, cant find it though

16 Feb 2012   #1
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 
Think i have a memory leak, cant find it though

when i start my computer it stays at around 26% ram usage (2.6gb in my case) for about 3-5 hours, then it starts increasing, by the next morning i will sometimes find it at 4gb or sometimes even 5gb. i tried running a filter on my RAM usage, but nothing was popping out at me. i estimated the total amount ram being used that it is actually showing me is often allot less, my list only has a little over 120-150 processes running, and they dont seem to add up to 4gb, EVER. i ran anti virus multiple times... nothing. im runing out of options. is it possible that there are applications or services that are not appearing in the list, but are still there?


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16 Feb 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thornton View Post
when i start my computer it stays at around 26% ram usage (2.6gb in my case) for about 3-5 hours, then it starts increasing, by the next morning i will sometimes find it at 4gb or sometimes even 5gb. i tried running a filter on my RAM usage, but nothing was popping out at me. i estimated the total amount ram being used that it is actually showing me is often allot less, my list only has a little over 120-150 processes running, and they dont seem to add up to 4gb, EVER. i ran anti virus multiple times... nothing. im runing out of options. is it possible that there are applications or services that are not appearing in the list, but are still there?
First are you lloking in task manager? If so, do you have show processes from all users ?

120-150 processes is really, really high. Right now I have two browsers open, team view, astra, skype, am downloading a video, email, etc and I have 62 processes (64 bit)

I suspect something is wrong. Can you upload a snapshot of the performance tab sorted by ram?
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16 Feb 2012   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Instead of using the processes tab of the task manager to check for ram usage. Click the resource monitor button on the performance tab. Then click on the memory tab and then sort by the "working set". The working set is the actual physical ram in use at the moment by the program. There are more things that will show up here than the task manager, for example VM Ware's virtual disk allocation does not show up in task manager but does show up here. (And that is almost 2 gigs on my VMs!)

If that still fails to show the culprit, a more verbose but less pretty version of the resource monitor is the Process Explorer from Microsoft:

Process Explorer

[Edit] posted at same time as zigzag and I concur with his statement, 120-150 processes is a LOT. I have 72 running and a ton of stuff open atm... Use the resource monitor or process explorer to try to track some of them down. When you see a dll or exe name listed that you don;t recognise. Type it into google. 99% of the time a site called "What is this process" or something will come up in the list and tell you what it is. [/edit]
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16 Feb 2012   #4
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Instead of using the processes tab of the task manager to check for ram usage. Click the resource monitor button on the performance tab. Then click on the memory tab and then sort by the "working set". The working set is the actual physical ram in use at the moment by the program. There are more things that will show up here than the task manager, for example VM Ware's virtual disk allocation does not show up in task manager but does show up here. (And that is almost 2 gigs on my VMs!)

If that still fails to show the culprit, a more verbose but less pretty version of the resource monitor is the Process Explorer from Microsoft:

Process Explorer

[Edit] posted at same time as zigzag and I concur with his statement, 120-150 processes is a LOT. I have 72 running and a ton of stuff open atm... Use the resource monitor or process explorer to try to track some of them down. When you see a dll or exe name listed that you don;t recognise. Type it into google. 99% of the time a site called "What is this process" or something will come up in the list and tell you what it is. [/edit]
thank you for the information, i will look into trying that later and will post my findings
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16 Feb 2012   #5
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thornton View Post
when i start my computer it stays at around 26% ram usage (2.6gb in my case) for about 3-5 hours, then it starts increasing, by the next morning i will sometimes find it at 4gb or sometimes even 5gb. i tried running a filter on my RAM usage, but nothing was popping out at me. i estimated the total amount ram being used that it is actually showing me is often allot less, my list only has a little over 120-150 processes running, and they dont seem to add up to 4gb, EVER. i ran anti virus multiple times... nothing. im runing out of options. is it possible that there are applications or services that are not appearing in the list, but are still there?
First are you lloking in task manager? If so, do you have show processes from all users ?

120-150 processes is really, really high. Right now I have two browsers open, team view, astra, skype, am downloading a video, email, etc and I have 62 processes (64 bit)

I suspect something is wrong. Can you upload a snapshot of the performance tab sorted by ram?
i just restarted my computer so the physical memory is down to 25% (thank god). its running 100 processes as i write this. and i will post a snap shot.




they look rather identical but the second image i scrolled down so you could see the rest of the list

not sure what happend but it lost allot of quality it looks like on upload

i used blogger to upload and i guess the file was too big for them, sry, not sure what to say bout that
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16 Feb 2012   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Images are too small even full size to read
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16 Feb 2012   #7
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Images are too small even full size to read
im sry? full size is 5760x1080! thats not small at all leme see if i can do somthing bout it


nope, still not likein it full size
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16 Feb 2012   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I can't read them even when using the magnifier.
Let start at the beginning. Start/search and type in msconfig/open it up and go to start up and let us know how many things are starting up. I only have my security and mouse/keyboard. Then while you are in msconfig go to services and check Hide all Microsoft Services. I only have my security checked. You may be running a gazillion thing that don't need to run until you tell them to. Please don't mess with Microsoft Services.
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16 Feb 2012   #9
Thornton

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I can't read them even when using the magnifier.
Let start at the beginning. Start/search and type in msconfig/open it up and go to start up and let us know how many things are starting up. I only have my security and mouse/keyboard. Then while you are in msconfig go to services and check Hide all Microsoft Services. I only have my security checked. You may be running a gazillion thing that don't need to run until you tell them to. Please don't mess with Microsoft Services.
my startup apps...
keyboard drivers
mouse driver software
mouse driver configuration software
trend micro
DW6 (???)
MS windows OS
Origin
akamai net session
AMD Hydravision MD
Vision Control Center
trend micro safe sync
Object Dock



and thats it
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16 Feb 2012   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If it was my computer I would keep trend mirco security, mouse and keyboard.
Some of those things can use up a lot of computer. Heck DW6 is a game starting up on boot. What do you have for non Microsoft services.
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