Insane Page File Usage

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  1. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    At least I think its outta control, to be honest I really don't even have a real strong handle on what page file usage is. All I know is that typically my computer has about 350 MB worth of page file usage, rarely does that number change much at all. During the last month I've had 2-3 occurrences where I've come back to my computer after its been sitting unused for 10-12 hours (it stays on all day/night) and the PF usage is right up around 1.5-1.75GB and everything takes twenty minutes to do (Like changing windows, or getting the Shutdown dialog box to open up). Once I get the machine rebooted everything seems normal, however I'm curious if there is something specific I should be looking at that might cause this usage to skyrocket like it has.
    What should I check for to fix my little problem (at least I hope its a little problem?)
     
  2. peerk

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    Next time it happens open up task manager(ctrl+alt+del). Then click on processes. Now click on Mem usage and it will sort by size.
     
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    :werd: also hit the cpu tab and see if anything is hammering your processor.
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I don't think the memory usage is relevant to the page file usage.
     
  5. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Do you understand what a page file does?
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    A page file is pc 101.

    And it's not your ram.
     
  7. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :uh:
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I think I should be asking you what a page file does.

    Your reaction tells me that you've read 6 words about it, no more, and have never
    seen or heard of situations that can arise with a pf, other than it being a substitute for physical memory.

    Time for you to call it a night, mate.
     
  9. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Dude, I wrote a fucking virtual memory simulator to test the performance of various page replacement algorithms. I know how virtual memory and paging work. It's not a substitute for physical memory, but it is intricately linked to physical memory and memory usage.
     
  10. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Regardless of all that, the computer should not take a long time to respond unless the CPU is overburdened. Sounds like this guy's computer might be a spam zombie.
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    And yet, you're the kind of dimwit that tries to stuff garbage down peoples throats about checking memory usage to see what's going on with a page file.
     
  12. crontab

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    page/swap/virtual memory is allocated when there isn't enough physical RAM available.

    the poster has a process(es) consuming massive amounts of memory.

    he needs to kill it.

    sounds like the fatass java app azureus or something.
     
  13. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    I certainly hope not, I'm actually quite paranoid about that kind of stuff, I've run full virus scans using AVG as well as Anti-Vir. I've also got Spybot S&D (with Tea-Timer installed and active) running and I've given it second scan with Ad-aware. Outside of a few basic cookies none of these programs have picked up anything out of the ordinary. And yes, they are fully up to date. Sure its not perfect but I'd say I'm better protected than your average user.

    As I mentioned in my original post this doesn't happen all the time, just on a few occasions over the last month. And FWIW the CPU usage has been less than 10% on these occasions when the PF Usage has been so astronomically high.

    It hasn't happened again recently, but when it does I'll go over the process list and see if I can't get you guys a little more information.
     
  14. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Pardon my ignorance but what is Azureus?
     
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    taskmgr can be configured to show pagefile usage, so just do that.
     

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