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"Out of Memory" - Keeps Crashing

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#1 Karlyle17


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Posted 30 July 2016 - 09:45 PM

Attached is the task manager view right as my computer displayed the usual "Your computer is running low on memory." The only programs that were actively running at the time was Google Chrome with three tabs: Gmail, Youtube, and my online classwork as well as Skype idle in the background. Although I was lucky this time and the only thing that crashed was Chrome, other times my whole computer has black-screened and I have to force-shut it down because it will not respond. This problem has persisted for over a month now. I built my computer a few months ago, and I will be the first to admit that I am not a computer-savy guy. Any help will be greatly appreciated, and I will post anything more that I need to in order to make the problem (hopefully) disappear! 

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#2 usasma


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Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:17 AM

OK, this is the disclaimer I like to post before starting work on systems that are having black screens:

1)  Black screen errors are painful to troubleshoot.  We can work with them for weeks/months and still not get it fixed.

2)  At work we try System Restore to a point before this happened.  If that doesn't fix it, then we backup the data, wipe the system, and then install a clean copy of Windows


So, wait for the black screen to come back, then recover from it and immediately generate these 2 sets of reports:

1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be experiencing BSOD's) so that we can provide a complete analysis: (from the pinned topic at the top of the forum)   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/
FYI - I don't often use the Perfmon report, so if it doesn't work please just let me know.

2)  Please do the following:
- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)
- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")
- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading
- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."
- save the file as Admin.evtx
- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")
- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).

FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504

While waiting for a reply, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Edited by usasma, 31 July 2016 - 06:17 AM.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 12:22 AM

You can increase the pagefile size some programs uses virtual memory and if there program want to store data within pagefile and if the data larger than pagefile storage capacity and won't fit then these kind of programs may cause low memory error. Below instructions for configuring pagefile size and reducing fragmentation happens with pagefile, these instructions are taken from my tutorial i have posted at BC.


If you have 2 hard drives or a partition this tweak is for you.
We are going to increase Windows OS performance by allocating PageFile to a separate drive or partition.

1. Click "Start Menu"
2. Click Control Panel
3. Click "System"
5. Select "Advanced" tab.
6. Under Performance section click "Settings" button.

7. Select "Advanced " tab under "Virtual memory", click "Change button.




1. Disable PageFile by clicking No Paging file.
2. Click Set button and click OK.

3. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
4. Type Defrag C: /x /h to perform free-space consolidation on the specified volume.
5. After free space consolidation finish.
6. Set paging file to a fixed size.
7. Click Custom size
8. Type 1.5 times of RAM installed on PC so if your PC has 500 MB RAM type 750 into Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) fields.
9. Click Set and OK button in the Virtual Memory window to accept changes.


Edited by FreeBooter, 01 August 2016 - 12:26 AM.

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