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#1 clayto

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 01:13 PM

Out of the blue I have suddenly started getting serious low memory problems with warnings and the screen going black soon after startup. My Page file is stuck at zero (which I guess is the cause?) and I cannot change it in the configuration menu. I have tried automatic set, and custom set which appears to have worked except total Page memory stays at zero and is still zero after restarts.   

 

It has been difficult to launch or stay online to search for advice as everything goes blank before I achieve anything. I have the minimum number of programs running.

 

Help please!



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Posted 09 January 2016 - 06:21 AM

Are you comfortable working in the registry?

If so, here's a link to a page that shows some of the settings:  http://www.carrona.org/bsodreg.html#PagingFile

 

Another option is to try a Reset using the Keep My Files option - as that should reset the pagefile settings also

But before that, try the following:

 

Then please run the following DISM commands to see if there's any problems with the system (from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt).  Press Enter after each one:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

FYI - I have repaired systems using the last command even though problems weren't found with the first 2 - so I suggest running them all.

From this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824869.aspx

You can also run sfc.exe /scannow from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt to check for further corruption.

 

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 07:55 AM

Thanks very much.  No, I am not comfortable working with the Registry.  I have tried all three DISM commands, the first said the image could be repaired and the last one finally produced what I have copied below concerning the 'source file' not being found. Unfortunately it is beyond my low level of expertise. Can you suggest what I should do now?
 
(I can just keep my computer going with occasional Black Screens by keeping the minimum of things running).

Error: 0x800f081f

The source files could not be found.
Use the "Source" option to specify the location of the files that are required to restore the feature. For more information on specifying a source location, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=243077.

The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:20 AM

I used sfc/scannow which reported "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix was unable to fix some of them ... " I looked at the log files: totally incomprehensible and overwhelming.

I also sound my Restore Point (I usually only have one) had been deleted. I thought the last one was protected?

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 02:58 PM

SOLVED! I dont know how. After the sfc/scannow and looking at the horrendous log report I thought it looked like I had a big problem on my hands. I closed down and left it for a while. When I restarted things were back to normal. What a relief.

Anyway, thanks again. If it returns I will have some idea about where to start.It seems a strange thing to have happened, is it likely it was caused by something damaging the Registry? I have several junk cleaners but I do not use their registry cleaners, although I have recently heard that the program may still have some effect on the Registry despite this.




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