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30-Apr-2010, 08:10 PM #1
Strange Fluctuating Memory
Hello, I have a Windows Vista Inspiron 1521. I've noticed several months ago, that my memory seems to fluctuate a lot. It's been like this for months, but this time I noticed a big fluctuation from about 8.00 GB to 15.9 GB. It usually does rise and fall, without me adding or deleting anything. I tried to play a game recently and an error comes up saying that I only have 1 MB of memory, and it didn't allow me to play the game. I check my memory and it's 15.9 GB, so I'm completely confused.

I'm afraid it might be some virus that hides the true memory I have and does something to it. Has anyone experienced this or knows what this could be and what program would be suitable for deletion of this potential virus?

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30-Apr-2010, 08:16 PM #2
Well, this problem does appear to be the workings of a bit of malware...

But when you use the term 'memory' do you mean hard disk or RAM, and how big is you hard disk or RAM.
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30-Apr-2010, 08:36 PM #3
Well, I open up My Computer, and view the C Drive where the bar tells you how much free memory space I have and how much the computer has in total. So, right now it's at 15.9 GB free out of 136GB. A few days ago, the amount of free memory I had was at about 8.00 GB, then it goes up that much and I'm guessing later on it's going to go back down again.
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30-Apr-2010, 08:51 PM #4
That's not memory. That's hard drive space. The differences are relatively insignificant given the total drive capacity. A fluctuation of a few GB on a ~136GB drive isn't terribly out of the ordinary.
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Okay, now I have that cleared up.

Look at the processes in the Task Manager, are there any there that you haven't seen before, or that are using a lot of CPU?

Also, have you tried issuing a Disk Quota? Try doing that to limit the usage to whatever it is at the time, and see if it continues to 'fluctuate' or if any errors appear.
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30-Apr-2010, 09:19 PM #6
K, I'm sorry, I just looked up the difference between memory and RAM and I understand that now, so I'm sorry for that, I simply didn't know the difference.

I usually do look at the task manager Bill to see if anything new is there, but this time there's nothing that wasn't there before. No, I've never issued a Disk Quota. What exactly is that and what does it do?
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30-Apr-2010, 09:34 PM #7
I'd suspect your pagefile is the reason your hard drive space is fluctuating. Windows generates a file for temporary RAM storage if you haven't used a particular item in memory for a while (for example, if you leave your web browser minimized). As DoubleHelix suggested, a few gigs is not really surprising considering your drive is about 130gigs.

What about removing some programs or files that you aren't using? If you're almost full with a 136 gig drive, there may be something you can free up elsewhere.
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The error message that came up when I tried playing a game said my hard drive only has 1 MB of free space, what I don't understand is why it would say that if the C drive says I have 15 GB of space. Strangely enough I can play two other games just fine.

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You can instruct to delete your pagefile upon shutdown/restart.

However, I'm not aware of an internal way of doing it, but I know that TuneUp Utilities has a module on there that can do it for you.
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