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Windows 7: Pagefile help

10 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Pagefile help

Hi guys.

Today I did something that I am now regretting.

I switched my pagefile to a second hard drive. I left 1 GB on the C: drive and set the D: drive to automatic values.

I did this to try and solve a memory issue with Fallout 3. However, my computer has now been reduced to a slow crawl. I left it to run a little while thinking it would pick up once the new pagefiles were adjusted, but it's still as slow as hell.

I've now switched back to the original setting of Windows managing the pagefile.

The computer is still running at an absolute crawl after I rebooted and the CPU light on the PC is fixed permanently on. As if working in overdrive (which I imagine is to be expected now)

My question is. Is it going to correct itself and return to it's normal lightening speed that it was? If so, how long will it take?

These are my specs:

Motherboard: ASUS M4N82 Deluxe
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.80 GHz
Memory: x2 2GB DDR3
Graphics Card: Nvidia GEforce GTX 260 (Gainward)
Sound: Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Xtreme Gamer
OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

If it's NOT going to eventually pick up again to it's normal speed? Is there any solution other than a completely fresh install of Windows 7?

Please help.

Many thanks.

- Bazerk.

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10 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

With 4GBs of RAM, I doubt that the page file is being used a lot and thus be the culprit for your problem. Maybe you want to check in Task Manager which processes slow your system down. I would also have a peek into the Event Viewer and see whether there are any unusual events recorded.
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10 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional

I think it is. considering its always been super fast right up until the point when i changed the pagefile settings.
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10 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If it will ease your mind, you can try:

1. disbale the PF on all Hard drives.
2. reboot
3. re-enable the the PF on the drive you want it on
4. reboot again just to be safe

this way it will will force a single brand new PF to be generated.

However, I too agree with whs. I'm not so sure the PF is the issue here.

When you say you were getting memory error in FO3, what exactly was happening. If a message, what message were you getting.
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10 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional


As I've just STATED. I've NEVER had a lag issue. I haven't done ANYTHING different to my PC today OTHER than the pagefile tweaking. So WHY would it be anything else?

It was running FINE today right up until then. So if it's not that, I ask you, what is it?

Gonna try your suggestion. If that doesn't work. I'm just gonna wipe and reinstall.

I haven't the patience today which I normally have. Probably because of the fact that other than in safe mode. It's taking an eternity to do the simplest of things.

As for Fallout 3. It's not a specific error I'm getting. It's frequently known to CTD and one of the supposed fixes is to switch the PF. Reason being an apparent memory leak issue in the game.
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10 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Have done as whs suggest and look in the task manager for clue as to whats eating up CPU,RAM, or disk use?

I do not doubt a problem exists as you describe. We are simply saying PF should'nt cause such an issue.
It is quite possible something else is the culprit.

Many things could be causing the COD issue as well, perhaps even the same thing causing the current problems.

In terms of Fallout, as with any 32bit it is limited to 2GB of memory space.

When you hit this thresh hold, CoDs can and do happen.

How quickly and often it occurs will depend on , resolution, graphics settings as well as other factors..
such as: running mods? Particularly mods that change textures to HD textures?

There are ways of allowing the game to use more memory, which does not involve the PF.

Also, CODs related to mods can be a reference to a item that conflicts with another mod.
For example: Lets say a caravan guard has a clash, or issue with another mod due to something as simple as his eyes.
The game will run fine, but as soon as that Vendor and his guard enter the cell you are in ... Crash to Desktop!

Once we figure out and solve the initial problem, we can then locate & find an optimal solution that works for you for the FO3 COD issue.
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10 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional

Yes I've looked in the processes and the maximum being used is kasperksy internet suite. 8,000k. After that it's svchost.exe 7,000k

Which if I recall was the norm when everything ran fine.

As for Fallout 3. Yes I run mods, high graphics and high res. I also have a mod that has HD textures. I have the system specs powerful enough to run it and the game runs smoothly up until the CTD.

I also installed a memory boost application that came recommended (and not one of those fake virus download programs that are all over the net)

I clear the cache memory in the console. I've tweaked the ini file to increase memory space available to use. I've tried everything possible that's been recommended to prevent CTDs but they still happen randomly after about 30 mins or so.

I also have a GPU heatsink (high end) installed and a front intake fan 12" and an outtake fan. I also have 2 side panel fans (high end) running so I know it's not an overheating problem.
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10 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Couple questions so we are the same page here.

1. Have your CODs always been present? Or only since the game has been modded?

2. Where did you get your memory boost applications (Nexus?)
Theres 2 ways of doing this. One was a program on Nexus where you install a program, and then modify the Fo.exe.
The other way is a simple exe patch that add the 2GB+ flag (no software install needed)

I suspect we may have a mod thats conflicting that only happens under certain circumstances.

3. Have you tried auto sorting your mods with BOSS?
4. Have you tried creating a merge patch to load after all other mods with FO3 edit.

5. And lastly, where did you get your FO3 game? (Retail Box, Steam, D2D)
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10 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional

1. Yes
2. Nexus
3. No. Boss?
4. Yes
5. Retail Box (GOTY edition)
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10 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

BOSS. Yes, just as Oblivion was if familiar with that.
It has a masterlist of all know mods, and sorts them in the proper order for you.

BOSS for FO3 - Better Oblivion Sorting Software for Fallout3 at Fallout 3 Nexus - Fallout 3 mods and community

Grab the Master update list as well to replace the one that comes with main program.

Copy all of it to DATA folder, and run the batch file (as per instructions).

Once it Auto sorts, pay attenntion to log file, if theres any mod it does not recognize.(It will list unknowns at bottom)
You will need to drag those to where they need to be. for the most part, it should know what all major mods are and where they go.
If its ordering is different than the current one, you will need to create a new merge and disable or delete old one.

One other thought, the patch to allow more RAM use disbaled the functionality of Windows Live, (as Im sure you are aware)
One thing you may also wish to try, is create a fake live dll with FOMM.
Should be in the Install tweaker settings
This way, it will not load with Fallout. (If you are disabling it with mods anyway, no point loading it when you start FO3)
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