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I have a Vista-based laptop with 1 GB of RAM (I know I should get more!) that runs very slowly.

The problem seems to be that the Physical Memory Usage History graph in Task Manager continually shows nearly maxed out - typically at 90% or higher.

No one process shows an abnormally high usage (SVCHost is the highest at 40,000K with "Show processes from All Users" selected).

I've defragged, and run several antimalware scans (the Microsoft scanners, Spybot, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, etc.) and everything shows 100% clean.

I turned off Aero, transparency, the sidebar, and disabled services like Windows Search, Superfetch, and Readyboost, with little effect.

I've run MSConfig and started the system with everything disabled, and while the memory usage is a little lower, it is still very high.

 

This is from PCPitstop's scan that was done with NO programs running, other than Internet Explorer 7: "This system had a total memory load of 82% during testing. This often indicates that more programs were running than could be handled by the installed RAM."

 

 

Here are typical numbers in Task Manager!

 

Physical Memory (MB)

Total 893

Cached 452

Free 0

 

Kernel Memory (MB)

Total 240

Paged 188

Nonpaged 52

 

System

Handles 19405

Threads 821

Processes 72

Page File 1024M/2915M

 

Physical Memory 94%

CPU Usage 11%

 

Here are specs:

 

Browser MSIE 7.0

System OS Windows Vista Home Premium SP2

Processor Description AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60

Number of Processors 2

Processor Clock Speed 2000 Mhz

Graphics Description ATI Radeon X1200 Series

Memory Configuration 512+512;DIMM Unknown Synchronous

 

I'd be much obliged for any suggestions!!

 

DG

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:wp:

 

Please post an OverDrive link so that we can see what is taking place on your computer. You will need to register an account, login, and run the full tests from the link below, then copy and paste the URL from the results page into your reply:

 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/

 

If you need help, there is a tutorial here:

 

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/html/helpfiles/techexphelp.htm

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:wp:

 

Please post an OverDrive link so that we can see what is taking place on your computer. You will need to register an account, login, and run the full tests from the link below, then copy and paste the URL from the results page into your reply:

 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/

 

If you need help, there is a tutorial here:

 

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/html/helpfiles/techexphelp.htm

 

 

Thanks!! Is this the right link?

http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?c...;report=Summary

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Thanks 'Tx Redneck'!

 

I did review those threads but the examples they give don't show as high a percentage of RAM used as the system I'm looking at. I'm inclined to think that the system simply needs more RAM.

 

The real question is why did Toshiba (and others) sell machines running Vista that really didn't have anough RAM? Obviously to make the system cheaper, but at the end of the day, does it pay to have dissappointed customers?

 

But I digress! :hammer:

 

Thanks again!!

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Your OverDrive results are also showing two antivirus products running, probably with the related background scanners processes. You should pick either the Kaspersky or the MS product and uninstall the other.

 

You can also see if the problem is from one of the running processes by using msconfig.

There is more information about using msconfig here:

 

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/

 

To use msconfig to see what process may be using the bulk of the memory, open msconfig and remove the check mark from half of the items. Click Apply, then reboot. If the memory usage is still high, then recheck the items that are turned off, then uncheck the other half, apply and reboot.

 

If the memory usage is down, then recheck half of the items that were unchecked, apply and reboot. If is is now back up, uncheck half of the items that were previously rechecked, apply and reboot, etc, etc. Keep repeating the process until you can pinpoint what the problem application is.

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