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Windows 7: PC using high amounts of RAM when idle (up to 50%) for no reason.

17 Nov 2014   #1
ezalor

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
PC using high amounts of RAM when idle (up to 50%) for no reason.

Heyo all.
I built my PC a few weeks ago, and it's mostly been going with no problems. However, I've recently noticed that after using my PC for a while my RAM usage continually increases for no reason. As I type this I only have Firefox, Avast Antivirus and Puush running, yet my PC is using 4.40GB of my 8GBs RAM. I've looked through the processes tab and resource monitor, but there I cannot see where this RAM is going. The total usage adds to a lot less than what is actually being used.
I've been looking around on the internet for quite a while now and cannot find anywhere with a solution. Plenty of people have said that this is just Windows and the memory will go down when it is required, but I don't see why Windows would use half my RAM while just being idle. I also tried running Titanfall but my framerate dropped to 20fps multiple times due to the high RAM usage.

I'm completely at a loss as to what the culprit could be, does anyone know of a potential solution?

EDIT: This usage actually appears to be climbing. It's at 5GB now and slowly increasing.


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17 Nov 2014   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum.

Post a screnshot of Task Manager - Performance tab, so we can see what the situation is.

The sum of the memory usage columns will not equal total memory usage. Modern operating systems are far too complex for anything that simple. Among other things there are major users of memory that are not processes.
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17 Nov 2014   #3
ezalor

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Welcome to the forum.

Post a screnshot of Task Manager - Performance tab, so we can see what the situation is.

The sum of the memory usage columns will not equal total memory usage. Modern operating systems are far too complex for anything that simple. Among other things there are major users of memory that are not processes.
Performance tab: http://puu.sh/cV4PS/fdc05c214b.png (It was rising very slowly, now it gradually rises and falls)
Running Processes: http://puu.sh/cV4V5/4977098562.png

Apologies if there's a delay to my replies, it's quite late where I live :P
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17 Nov 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The problem is the Non Paged pool. 3542 MB is many times a reasonable value.

This is most likely a driver problem. I will have to leave that to others.
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17 Nov 2014   #5
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

That second image - Running Processes - is only showing 28 of the 64 actual running items. Ezalor, you need to click the button marked "Show processes from all users" and do another screen capture, if you please.
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17 Nov 2014   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Are you having any performance issues with your computer? If not I suggest you stop chasing after a Phantom problem. Before you make a bigger problem. Let Windows handle your RAM, until the time comes you are having actual issues.
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17 Nov 2014   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

In the lower left corner of the Task Manager - Performance tab shows a value of 3542 MB for the Non Paged pool. This is far beyond anything reasonable. The problem is very real.
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17 Nov 2014   #8
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
In the lower left corner of the Task Manager - Performance tab shows a value of 3542 MB for the Non Paged pool. This is far beyond anything reasonable. The problem is very real.
That is not even close to the problem when there is no problem. Having a nonpaged pool like that is not out of the norm.

Like I said, until there is a real problem, do not chase ghost.
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18 Nov 2014   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I most strongly disagree

Having almost half of RAM tied up in the non paged pool that can never be paged out?
I don't consider that normal.
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18 Nov 2014   #10
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
In the lower left corner of the Task Manager - Performance tab shows a value of 3542 MB for the Non Paged pool. This is far beyond anything reasonable. The problem is very real.
That is not even close to the problem when there is no problem. Having a nonpaged pool like that is not out of the norm.

Like I said, until there is a real problem, do not chase ghost.
OP said his gaming framerate dropped. Sounds like a real problem to me.
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