Hi, Seven Forums.
I made an account to solve my most persistent issue with my PC.
You see, not sure when, but quite a while ago (we're talking about at least a year) I started to notice the following:
Whenever i unpack/extract a large compressed file (over 1.5 GB) or install a bulky piece of software (like a triple-A game or Visual Studio or something), during the installation or extraction process (I guess they fall pretty much into the same category of unpacking a compressed archive) most of my RAM is taken up (something like 95% of it) and my computer becomes really sluggish.
Now, although bothersome, this didn't strike me as odd or out of the ordinary that much, as it makes sense for the computer to struggle with multitasking while doing such a resource-heavy task, even though 95% and taking 2 whole minutes to turn on notepad is a bit extreme.
What did strike me as odd, however, is that, consistently, every time such a resource heavy extraction task was complete, done and closed, the memory usage would somehow stay at consistently high levels and the PC would still feel really sluggish, although to a infinitesimally lesser extent.
It's like Windows forgets to release the memory it reserved while the extraction was going on.
Here's the most recent example with installing Bioshock Infinite (click for expanded view):
My specs are:
Acer Aspire 5741G 334G64Mn:
- Windows 7 x64
- Intel Core i3 330M - 2 Cores@2.13 GHz
- Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset
- 4 GB DDR3@1088 MHz
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M 1 GB GDDR3
- 1x640 GB HDD
What is causing this and how can I get around it?
A windows restart/reboot fixes the issue, but it's hardly a good solution to the problem.