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Defragmenting Memory/Repairing Memory Leaks


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#1 NpaMA

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:27 PM

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Last night (about 2am) my PC started to act really sluggish. Although I don't have the best, it was pretty slow for what I had running on it. It got to the point that I restarted it and all was fine until I went to bed at 4am. Instead of shutting it down I let it go into standby like always. Today when I got on this keeps popping up ever-so-often. Every 15 or so minutes.

What is it exactly? In the past I can remember seeing them(different computers), but can't remember what it meant.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Intel 2.2ghz processor
4GB DDR2 Memory
Windows 7 Home Prem.

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:16 PM

Am I missing something here?

It seems pretty obvious that you have a defragmentation program running, the other image shows a temperature, but there is no indication of what is being monitored.

The next time this occurs look in the Task Manager under Applications to see what is running at that time.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:35 PM

Am I missing something here?

It seems pretty obvious that you have a defragmentation program running, the other image shows a temperature, but there is no indication of what is being monitored.

The next time this occurs look in the Task Manager under Applications to see what is running at that time.

No I don't have one running. The window with the temperature is Google Chrome and the temperature is the temp outside (extension).

Running:
AIM
Google Chrome
Windows Live Messenger

What does Memory Leak mean?

I should also note when that pops up it lasts 1-2 seconds. It's not enough time to try and click it and then get a screenshot, so I just waited and instantly pressed print screen. If I do manage to click on it, nothing happens and it disappears after the 1-2 seconds.

Full screenshot showing what's running and Applications tab in task manager: http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/5387/fullscreenshotmemleak.png

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 09:56 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:17 PM

A memory leak occurs when a computer program consumes memory but is unable to release it back to the operating system. Interestingly enough, fragmentation can cause this. Have you defragged your hdd recently?

Look in the Event Viewer to see what errors are occurring at these times.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:29 PM

Have you defragged your hdd recently?

No I have not. Should I? - I'm doing it now, I'll let you know how it goes.

With Event Viewer, it was alot of "informations" in the past 30 minutes. Most of them basically say the same with something like this:
Windows (3252) Windows: The database engine is initiating recovery steps.

The ones that don't have that are just standard messages (ex: Validating Windows License Succeeded, Validating [something] succeeded, etc.)


Besides those in the past 30 minutes, the others are from about 4 hours ago. The PC was on during those 4 hours, so I'm not sure why they're missing.

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 10:38 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:49 PM

Okay. It finished successfully. I'll let you know if it continues to popup.

Thanks for the help.

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 10:49 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:50 PM

Try running chkdsk.

1. Click Start.
2. In search window type 'cmd' and ENTER. Right click and select 'Run as administrator'.
3. Type at the command prompt CHKDSK /P and press ENTER to scan the disk.
4. Then type CHKDSK C: /F /R and press ENTER to repair corrupt sectors, if there are any.

You can copy and paste these commands.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:53 PM

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
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C:\Windows\system32>CHKDSK /P
Invalid parameter - /P

C:\Windows\system32>


That's what I get after pressing enter in the command prompt.

And a standard CHKDSK gives 0 bad sectors

299577343 KB total disk space.
53046084 KB in 173517 files.
90724 KB in 31316 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
319175 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
246121360 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
74894335 total allocation units on disk.
61530340 allocation units available on disk.


It isn't popping up anymore, but I don't see anything I could've done to fix it so the problem may still exist. Thoughts?

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 10:58 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:11 PM

If this stopped after defragging the hdd it would seem related... so far.

When you entered the chkdsk command did you put a space between chkdsk and the /?

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:20 PM

Yes I put the space between the K and the /.

The second one worked correctly, and that scan is now in stage 4 of 5, 11% complete.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:33 PM

That's good. I should add that you don't want to interrupt this, allow it to finish.

Is it showing any findings?

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:36 PM

File Verification Complete
198 large file records processed
0 bad file records processed
0 EA records processed

0 unindexed files scanned
0 unindexed files recovered

It's at 18% complete. Stage 5 of 5.

Edited by NpaMA, 10 January 2011 - 11:38 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:40 AM

It completed successfully(no problems were found) and I haven't had it pop up anymore.

I Google'd around a bit and found alot of topics on Google Chrome causing memory leaks.

So for now, I've basically come to the conclusion it was probably either Chrome messing up, or something the defrag fixed.

Thanks for your help.

Edited by NpaMA, 11 January 2011 - 01:40 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:59 AM

Glad to be of service.

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