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Page File Usage With Ie 7


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#1 carnivalofsorts

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:31 AM

Hi Guys,

I've posted this previously, but may have been in the wrong section .. not quite sure what it falls under.



I'm using IE 7 and usually have 3 maybe 4 applications running at once .... nothing the system can't handle.
I use gmail, so a lotof the time that's open on one browser tab, and quite a lot of the time im using the gmail chat facility that allows you to chat with your other gmail contacts while logged into the mail service.
Inevitably, i get the message that windows is running lo on virtual memory, even though the system shouldn't be under too much pressure.
When i check the task manager, the Page File Usage can be in excess of 1gig at times .. and yet, as soon as i close the browser window, it plumits all the ay back to 200 or so Mb's.

Can anyone tell me, is this normal ??
Is it the fault of IE 7 or is it the gmail service??

It no major emergency, but i'd still like an explanation as to whats happening !

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:38 AM

Your page file should be one and a half times the amount of ram installed but that is just a rule of thumb.

If you are running out of pagefile resource increase its size.

How to configure paging files for optimization and recovery in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314482/en-us

How much ram do you have?
It sounds like not enough.

By the way, the pagefile is much slower than ram.
You might benefit by installing more ram.

Edited by Enthusiast, 01 October 2006 - 07:41 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:50 AM

Thanks for the advice ....

Have 512 ram, but its only barely enough fthe amount of work i throw at it at times.
Wont be spending money on RAM though, am upgrading laptop shortly so will struggle on for now.

Any idea why this new version of Explorer and Gmail in particular chew up so much memory ??

If there's sufficient RAM ( new system will have 2gb ) .. does that mean that it won't call on the page file at all ??

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 08:18 AM

The page file will always be called on by the Windows memory manager because it pushes memory for open aps that aren't actively using it into page file to make room for active aps or processes that are.

When other aps aren't using ram Windows will use it for its own maintenance processes.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 08:18 AM

I suspect that there's a problem with your IE7 installation. Removing it and installing the latest available build "may" solve it.

1) No, this is not normal.
2) It is probably the fault of IE7
3) RAM is relatively cheap now - another 512 mB shouldn't be more than $40 US
4) IE7 is still beta software. As such, you can expect some problems with it. It's to everyone's benefits to report these problems with beta software to Microsoft. That way they can iron out the code before releasing the final version.
5) Generally speaking, with sufficient RAM it won't access the pagefile at all.
BUT!!! There are programs that do require the pagefile to operate - quite a lot of games do this. I haven't checked on IE7's use of the pagefile so I don't know if it does or doesn't use it.

Edited by usasma, 01 October 2006 - 08:19 AM.

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