Memory Maxed Out During Software Installations

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by anthoj, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. anthoj

    anthoj Guest


    I have a problem on my x64 Vista that I've had ever since I starte
    using it. I was never able to find a solution for it even after googlin
    the problem for months. First I will list my specs as I suspect that th
    problem might be hardware related.

    EVGA 680i T1
    C2Q Q6600 OC to 2.8 Ghz
    4GB DDR2-6400 (with modified timings & speed obviously)
    GeForce 8800 GTS (320MB)
    ~1.3 TB total storage

    Anyway, the scenario is, whenever I install anything big (such as
    recent game or a software suite), my available memory slowly decrease
    until I have about 20 MB left (96-98% utilization) out of my 4GB!!!
    This results in my computer freezing up during any install that i
    larger than a 1 CD install. And when it does, I can't do anything o
    the took me 5 or so minutes to force close firefox with
    tabs open just now because I was installing a game.

    Needless to say it has been nothing buy annoying. Sure it's no
    critical, but it would be nice if I could get rid of this problem.
    never had this problem on 32-bit Vista (with 2GB or RAM). Just a quic
    note that this problem also occurred when I installed XP x64 (that's wh
    I think it could be incompatible hardware of some sort). I have als
    reverted to factory clock settings on CPU and RAM, but no luck, plus m
    OC is computer never crashes, not even when the memory wa
    maxed out.

    So, if anyone have an insight to this problem, or have seen i
    somewhere, or has a possible solution to this problem, I would greatl
    appreciate it.


    anthoj, Feb 18, 2008
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  2. anthoj

    gerryf Guest

    Have you installed all VISTA updates, even recommended ones?

    Drivers are up to date?

    Create a new folder on your pc and see if you can copy all files from
    installation dvd to it--if you can, run install from there (could be a
    faulty dvd drive). Does the problem persist?

    What version of Vista (any RC service packs?)
    gerryf, Feb 19, 2008
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  3. anthoj

    Kaindog Guest

    Hey Anthoj,

    are you trying to copy to any other drive other than C: ? are you certain
    that it is NTFS format and not FAT32? i have come across similar issues in
    the 32bit version before i noticed i hadn't converted my second drive
    Kaindog, Mar 2, 2008
  4. anthoj

    Bob F. Guest

    Not sure if I could dig it out here, but did you mention how big your C: and
    D: partitions are? Looks like your C: may need to be larger.
    Bob F., Mar 2, 2008
  5. anthoj

    anthoj Guest

    Thanks for the help guys. I figured out what the problem is, or at least
    the main problem. I'm still having leaks I think, coz at the end of the
    day, my memory doesn't go back down to 30%, which is what it should be
    at on idle. (I'm currently at 50% with the following open: Firefox, Live
    Messenger, WinRAR, a couple of explorer windows.

    Anyway, the problem was PowerISO virtual drive emulator. I use a lot of
    iso images to install my files instead of discs. Using Daemon tools
    instead solved the main issue, tho I still suspect there's still
    something else going on.

    And to answer the questions, I have 3 physical hard drives, no
    partitions, C: is at 320 GB, D: at 250, and E: at 750 and they are all
    NTFS drives. I don't use FAT32 formats other than if it's a thumb drive
    (can't do NTFS on those).

    Anyway, thanks again. I guess for the most of it this issue was
    resolved :)

    anthoj, Mar 2, 2008
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