3,000 + hard faults per minute in svchost.exe at 58% physical memo

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ostlandr, Sep 16, 2007.

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    ostlandr Guest

    Okay, here's the deal: I just had another Vista program hang- was playing
    "Blitzkrieg" WWII RTS by Nival Interactive. The company claims the program
    is compatible with Vista, and I agree, as I haven't had the nightmarish
    install problems I have had with other programs, and only had to disable
    visual themes in the compatibility settings.
    Anyway, the game hung yet again.
    I did ctrl-alt-delete to unlock the computer (this sometimes works in Vista)
    and while I had Task Manager open, I checked the Resource Monitor.

    An instance of svchost.exe was getting literally thousands of hard faults
    per minute. Physical memory usage was only 58%.

    game.exe (the exe for Blitzkrieg) was showing 0 hard faults per minute.

    Right now, with just task manager, IE 7 and the resource monitor running,
    Vista is still throwing hard faults at only 68% memory used. I can see and
    hear the HD running. That would explain why the new PC is such a dog, if
    it's constantly in virtual memory.

    Yes, AV is installed and up to date.

    Am I wrong, or should Vista not be using virtual memory until I hit 100%
    memory usage?

    If it were a matter of hitting 100% memory usage and Vista having to dip
    into virtual memory, then I would just go out and buy another MB or three of
    memory and be done with it. But it looks to me like that's not the problem.

    Aha! I just looked again- no hard faults right now, and I haven't done
    anything different. This might explain why sometimes games run, and
    sometimes they hang/crash/refuse to load. Gonna run another virus scan when
    I log off just to be double sure.

    Anyway, any help would be very much appreciated.
    ostlandr, Sep 16, 2007
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    dennis@home Guest

    It would appear that new PCs suffer a performance hit for several days while
    it indexes the files on the hard drive.
    You can either let it finish or you can turn off indexing depending on how
    much you use the search function.
    Hard faults in the monitoring don't mean Vista is paging.
    dennis@home, Sep 16, 2007
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    ostlandr Guest

    A few days? How about two weeks? I got the new PC and laptop memorial day
    ostlandr, Sep 16, 2007
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    Charlie Tame Guest

    If you click on computer and then right click and go properties on each
    hard drive you should find a checkbox related to indexing. I found this
    reduces the problem when unchecked but don't know what the
    implications are.

    I would think it is supposed to make searching for things quicker, but I
    rarely search for things on my own machine anyway and it never seemed to
    make a difference at all when searching since the search tool compared
    to the XP one is more trouble than it's worth :)
    Charlie Tame, Sep 16, 2007
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