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#1 chow2rich


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:56 PM

I want to know what kind of utility or software that can detect what is using up my RAM. Especially for beginners who don't know what is using up the RAM? Is there a way to find out what program or application is using up the RAM? My computer RAM is 1.5 GB, but I looked at the Task Manager and saw my CPU Usage is 54% and my Memory Usage PF is 1.20GB. Something is almost using up my entire RAM. How I can I find out what's using it up? My operating system is XP Media Center. Any suggestions or help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:25 PM

Click on the Processes tab in Task Manager. It will show you there
Also check out Process Explorer

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#3 chow2rich

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:09 PM

Yeah, but most of the names that are listed I don't know them or what they do or where there from. How can I find out what it is and where there from. I know it's in the process tab, but how do I know what to close and what not to? Please help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:27 PM

You can use Google to look them up.

There is no one library that has every possible item that could be running...but Google will provide enough information about possibilities that you will have enough info to decide.


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:21 PM

Try looking them up on the Startup List, Uninstall List, or File Database List tabs on the top of this page.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

Memory is your physical RAM
Pagefile is a temporary place to store operations (in memory) when the memory or a program decides it's needed
CPU is your processor and doesn't affect the RAM to any great degree (although if a program is using a lot of CPU, there's a good chance it's accessing the memory).

In short, Windows allocates 4 gB of memory to each process (whether it needs it or not). The Memory Manager in Windows decides how to "virtualize" this with respect to your physical memory (RAM) and the pagefile). If you don't have enough RAM to support what you're doing, Windows will use some of the pagefile for it (which will slow the system down). Also, at times, malfunctioning programs won't release the memory that they were using - and this will also affect your memory statistics.
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