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A lot of my ram is being used up


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#1 trevbot

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 08:59 PM

I have 4 GB of ram and upwards of 80% is being used while nothing is open. I have already ran a full system scan with Norton to check for viruses and came up with nothing. Any tips to help lower ram usages?

This might also help. https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/764x711q50/855/s1qx.jpg

Also, https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/560x176q90/822/3lq2h.jpg

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:19 PM

 Hard to say since you didn't say what Version of Windows you have.  That would be normal for Windows 7 or 8.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:28 PM

Sorry, i have windows vista.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:30 PM

would the only solution be to get more ram?



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:33 PM

I use a bit over 2.5 on my tower with 7, you have something going on.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:39 PM

I use a bit over 2.5 on my tower with 7, you have something going on.

on average mine uses 3.5, any ideas to get it in to 2GB range?



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:48 PM


 

on average mine uses 3.5, any ideas to get it in to 2GB range?

One option would be to get Linux as you can see Linux Mint 17 with LXDE only uses 170 megs of ram with nothing open ( idle)

 

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I use a bit over 2.5 on my tower with 7

Wow. Why so much? My Kubuntu 14 with full eyecandy only pushes 700 MB at Idle. Must be a Windows thing.


Edited by NickAu1, 24 June 2014 - 09:54 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:50 PM

 Starting with Vista, MS changed the way it uses memory.  Unlike XP and earlier, it tries to maximize performance by making greater use of RAM.  The fact that 80% is used at any one time is not indicative of anything.  Windows keeps a lot of things in RAM in attempting to prevent having to reload it from the hard drive.  This makes a great deal of sense since RAM is roughly 100,000 times faster than the hard drive.  

  Since you're running Vista, you're likely using the 32 bit version.  In that case adding more RAM would make absolutely no difference unless you want to upgrade to a 64 bit version.  


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:59 PM

will room be made for the things that are open?



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:34 AM

 When Windows needs RAM for something, and it's all in use, it uses a LRU (Least Recently Used) algorithm to write something out to the paging file, then marks that memory free so that whatever was there is now available for it to use.  If it's a program that's just sitting in RAM but no longer being used, it doesn't even have to write it out to the paging file.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:49 AM

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
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