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Old 04-26-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy is this normal vm usage?

My memory usage is only 20%-30% of my 512MB chip.

However my virtual memory usage is anything from 90%-98%.

What could be using up my VM so much and not my DDR ram?
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:45 AM   #2
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Default Re: is this normal vm usage?

VM = is paged to disk, and is only used when your physical ram is almost used up. or getting there. however there are things that effect this such as running apps that have extreemly high memory usage, however buffer overlfows will do the same thing depending on what it is doing.

also, how much do you have your pagefile set to? if it is only like 200MB then it will be used up really fast. Mine is currently set at 2880MB
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:43 PM   #3
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I have played with my pagefile to see what gives me better results.

By default and now, it is 768 but ive also tried the maximum allowed by the system and the system managed option.

The only thing that seems to help is when i delete my zonelabs security suite (vsmon.exe can take a lot of memory-15MB to 50MB) or disable all startup items and all but the windows services. When i disable the services, i continuously get shutdown errors.

Firefy seems to enjoy using up to 34MB, explorer takes 29MB, svchost likes 25MB (and its known by others to take just 18MB), and vsmon.exe (currently 23MB), MSN messenger once and a while takes over 20MB.

I know that these figures are overwhelming. I just wish I could finally have a laptop which meets the expectations that it should deliver. My laptop is supposed to be built for high performance!!!!!!!
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i meant to have said firefox.exe
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:47 PM   #5
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the default tends to geive me better results and i had all three options (default, max and system managed) running for 3 days or so but no promising results came out.

the initial max was not far from your 2880MB
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wow.. what kind of apps are you running?
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Old 04-26-2006, 02:29 PM   #7
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the only major custom programs are firefox.exe (now running at 86MB), explorer.exe (now running at 28MB), svchost.exe. (" " 26MB), vsmon.exe (zonelabs " " 23MB), MSN messenger (" " 22MB).

These are the apps running over 20MB.

The rest should be OK.
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Default Re: is this normal vm usage?

Thats still pretty high, with normal apps like gaim, photoshop and a browser window running, im only sitting at like 147MB of PF usage and still have like 716MB RAM available.

Here is a screenshot of my system resources while running Photoshop CS2, Dreamweaver MX 8, and Microsoft Visual Studio.

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