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Windows 7: Random Page File Errors

30 Jun 2011   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I have it set to show hidden files, and the pagefile.sys does appear where it is set to be located. Are you saying that there is another level of "hidden" that would possibly make it not appear, when disabled?


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04 Jul 2011   #12
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, it would just be marked system and hidden. If it deleted it, great . It just doesn't always do so, and it's good to make sure it does for certain before re-enabling a paging file on that volume.
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04 Jul 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Okay, understood. However, since the page file does not continue to exist where it is set, when this problem occurs, that can't be the cause for this issue to continue. Obviously, there is a real problem somewhere that is making this happen, and that is what I'm searching for. I have not yet proven it, but I have a hunch that there is some kind of problem either with my RAM, or in the manner in which my motherboard is using it. If there is, it seems likely that this may be the reason for the mislocated page file, but that is only a guess. I'm going to run Memtest86 and see what it says.
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05 Jul 2011   #14
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Always a good idea. You can also try doing boot traces using Process Monitor in the hopes it catches it as well, and if so saving off that log file and analyzing it to see what happened.
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05 Jul 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I ran Memtest-86 last night. and it found no errors after 6 passes. I have no idea of how Process Monitor would relate to this problem, or how to use it for that purpose?
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05 Jul 2011   #16
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A boot trace would capture all file, process, and registry activity on the system. If something happened and a new paging file was created, procmon would at least capture that, and potentially the why as well.
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05 Jul 2011   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I still fail to understand, I have scoured the menu options for Process Monitor, and found nothing that appeared to offer the possibility of performing a boot trace as you described. Process Monitor is just the replacement for FileMon, which only displays file activity while it is open.

EDIT: Forget what I said, I didn't scour as deeply as I thought. I found the option and enabled it, then rebooted, and when opening Process Monitor again, it offered to save the logs. I directed it to desktop, where it created 4 logs, but when I attempt to open them, Windows says that it is unable to open them for reading.
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08 Jul 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm not certain that it is caused by the same problem, but on random boots, I get a variety of error dialogs, some of which are shown below. When they do occur, it will usually take 5-6 minutes for the boot to finish and the system to become usable. The boot time is quick and normal until reaching desktop, it is from then on that the problem starts happening. Even after it finally finishes, probably only half of the programs that should be running in the System Tray are, yet UltraMon, which usually is included the the alerts does continue to operate as it should, even though sometimes it says that it run into a problem and has to exit. After a boot such as this, the next one may be perfectly normal, without a squawk. If this is the result of a faulty startup program installation, I would think that the problem would be consistent...it's not. Is there anything else that I can check?


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09 Jul 2011   #19
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I believe that I found the culprit...Outpost Security Suite. I uninstalled it, then ran 12 consecutive boots without any page file or error windows appearing. I then reinstalled OSS, and on the first boot, the page file error popped. I'm a bit surprised, because this problem didn't happen with this version of OSS before doing a clean install of the OS for the new hardware build, but I guess it is time to start shopping for a new security suite to replace it.
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