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Windows 7: Computer Lag - High Physical Memory Usage


16 Jul 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Computer Lag - High Physical Memory Usage

Hey,

Wondering if anyone of you more experience Windows 7 users can help me with the system lag problem I've got going on at the moment.

I did a Google search and found quite a few posts on this forum alone re: lag/high memory usage and for the last couple of days Ive been giving my system the once over but as you will see from the screen dumps below, I've still got unusually high memory usage.

Previous to the lag I have now, I was getting BSODs, so I ran GParted and it found some bad sectors and patched them up, it was running sweet as a nut for a few days then *bang*...laggy hell! So now, I've uninstalled a few hungry programs, currently my 120GB disk drive is 79GB free. I've cleaned my PC is spyware using Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition and check for viruses with Avast! - It told me I didn't have any. I've also done a Windows Memory Diagnostic on startup which found no errors, cleared excess C:/program files folders that hadnt been removed by my earlier unistalls, ran disk clean up and defragmented. I also have selective start up via msconfig with just my bare necessities running.

I'm sorry for typing loads, I am a bit stuck, not really sure what more I can do - Any help would be very greatly appreciated as I work from home and my productivity is dismal lol!

Many thanks,
Linny

Screendumps:


http://sdrv.ms/NLtTOC
http://sdrv.ms/LrT0qq

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16 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello and welcome to the forums linny82,

It'd be helpful if you could post a screenshot of your Resource Monitor (Start|type in Resource Monitor|Enter) showing the Memory tab, and having the private(KB) memory sorted in descending order.

How to take the screenshot using the built in Snipping Tool in Windows:-

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums

How to upload a screenshot on sevenforums:-

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

As an example, here's mine:-

Computer Lag - High Physical Memory Usage-capture.png

Thanks for your cooperation.


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16 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How much RAM do you have? And in your first screenshot, the "processes" tab... if you click "show processes from all users" on the bottom that'll help.

No need to keep uninstalling and cleaning up your HDD man, this is all about your RAM. If you use it all it'll start dumping programs you're using onto your pagefile (on the hard drive), which slows even the simplest things down to a crawl.
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16 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hey,

Thanks for the responses. I forgot the Resource Manager...I can do that processes from all users, i'll do that next, but for now here's the RM.

http://sdrv.ms/PYnZMC

All processes coming shortly...
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16 Jul 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Here is the Processes from all users...Im unsure why I have more than 1 Google Chrome running when I just have the one...Hey ho!

http://sdrv.ms/Q1FooK

Loving the shorted link that SkyDrive gave me for this one - I kid you not!

Thanks again :-)
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16 Jul 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by onesixski View Post
How much RAM do you have? And in your first screenshot, the "processes" tab... if you click "show processes from all users" on the bottom that'll help.

No need to keep uninstalling and cleaning up your HDD man, this is all about your RAM. If you use it all it'll start dumping programs you're using onto your pagefile (on the hard drive), which slows even the simplest things down to a crawl.
Hi Onesixski,

Sorry i overlooked your question about the RAM! I've just got the straight 1 GB Though I've never had this much lag before, which is why I'm trying to get back to my previous running speed, not super fast but able to do 2/3 tasks at a time

Thanks
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16 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

There an abnormally large (258 MB) amount of Memory reserved by your hardware in the Resource Monitor screenshot you posted.

I notice you didn't state what graphics card you were using in your System Specs, could you please fill it up completely using this tutorial?

System Info - See Your System Specs
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16 Jul 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
There an abnormally large (258 MB) amount of Memory reserved by your hardware in the Resource Monitor screenshot you posted.

I notice you didn't state what graphics card you were using in your System Specs, could you please fill it up completely using this tutorial?

System Info - See Your System Specs
Apologies Solarmystic,

That's all done now, graphics card is, ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics.

Unsure if that (memory reserved for hardware) could/should be changed and whether that would make a difference to my system speed.

Gratefully anticipating more knowledge
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16 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well for Chrome, every extension installed and running looks like a separate "chrome.exe" process in the taskman. And every separate tab is its own process too. I have a good dozen on my system at any given time with multiple tabs always open.

And for your RAM, 1Gb is in DIRE need of an upgrade man. That'll literally help your speed jump a good 10x higher than it's at now, literally even for the 2-3 tasks you want to do because Windows 7 actually uses a pretty efficient version of 'SuperFetch' that caches your most used programs in memory so things load up and shut down quite fast.

But as for trying to work with what you've got now here are a couple things you can do: You can go into the wrench in chrome, then [tools>extensions] and turn off any extensions you've got for the time being.
You can search from the start bar for: services.msc, then click it and find "windows search", stop the process and set it to "manual" or "disabled". That should free up a little RAM and processing power for you.

That should help at least a little, but whatever system you're running... a RAM upgrade'll make that thing fly compared to what it does right now. Plus 2Gb/4Gb sticks are only like $15 for most RAM types
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16 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Thanks for your response.

Your graphics card (which is integrated and therefore requires system RAM) could be responsible for the high amounts of memory reserved by your system.

Your TOSHIBA laptop should have an option in its BIOS (the basic input output system) to change the allocated system memory given to the graphics card to something a little lower (say 128 MB or even 64 MB).

(You can access the BIOS using the following method:-

Boot the system up and hold down the‘Esc’ key, then press F1 when you get the check system message. You are then in the BIOS Setup and you can make your changes and save and exit by pressing the ‘End’ key.

or


Boot the system up and hold down the ‘F2’ key. You are then in the BIOS Setup and you can make your changes and save and exit by selecting the 'Save Changes' option.)


That being said, if the problems with the lag were only recently acquired and you've been trucking along with the default settings all this while, the graphics card situation could just be a red herring and the real problem could lie in a different location.
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