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My HP Pavilion G6 1160se Laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 has a 4GB RAM and i5 Processor. The laptop is taking up all the RAM with no programs open. The Task Manager shows 100+ processes all the time. The RAM usage is 3.18-3.5 GB all the time. It doesn't go lower than this. In result the computer has become slow, sluggish and I can't open Chrome, Dw, Ps etc. The heat level Is going up due to this and the battery runs out in 1:30 hour max.

I have tried closing many processes and got down to 89 running but still didn't help.

I know about the superfetch thing but I haven't disabled it yet.

I have disabled unnecessary programs at startup.

I really need a solution to this please... help!

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Are you sure your problem is caused by RAM instead of a busy CPU, or disk I/O? –  Shane Wealti Jul 1 '13 at 14:04
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He mentioned that RAM usage is around 3.5/4GB, which is definitely way over what Windows 7 should be using even with a generous collection of programs on start up. I suspect a memory leak in some program, as the sluggishness is probably due to heavy paging of the hard drive. –  peanut_butter Jul 1 '13 at 14:13
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A suggestion @Karan, go to task manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), and in the processes tab sort the list by memory, and list the items at the top. –  peanut_butter Jul 1 '13 at 14:24

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You'll need to pinpoint which process is eating up your RAM.

Try downloading the utility RAMMap - click on the processes tab and sort by "Total". You'll see which processes are taking up the most RAM and can go from there. You can also do the same on the "Files" tab, which may help in determining where the problem is.

You can also try Process Explorer, which is like a beefed up task manager to really drill down on the processes.

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I think you have a driver issue. This is what users often don't know, that leaky drivers can use a lot of RAM (paged or nonpaged pool).

Look in Taskmgr if one of hte values is too high. If you have a high value use poolmon, find the tag and use findstr to find the driver which uses the tag.

findstr /s <TAG> *.sys
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I figured out the problem. It was RAMDISK. I started it and it was mounted as a drive of 1.5 GB which was taken from the RAM. I uninstalled RAMDISK and removed the mounted drive and the computer is now running ok.

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That doesn't make much sense. 2.5GB should be sufficient for your system to run reasonably. –  David Schwartz Jul 2 at 20:50
    
The laptop was taking up all the RAM. 100% consumed. I could not get Chrome, Dreamweaver or VLC media player to work at all. The problem was solved a year ago. I am running right now on a 2GB system because my previous pre-installed RAM of 4GB no longer works. The laptop has become very slow now. Chrome is eating a lot of RAM all the time and when I open dreamweaver with it, it gets very sluggish. So 2 GB or 3GB or even 4GB isn't enough when you need to do multi-tasking. –  Robot Boy Jul 16 at 9:45
    
Something else was wrong. All of those things should have worked fine even with 2.5GB. Plenty of people still do such things on systems with only 2GB of RAM. –  David Schwartz Jul 16 at 10:25

Try reinstalling the operating system. Or get some ram compression software. I use a mac and I got "memory clean" for free from the mac app store. Try the window's store or search online. If worst comes to worst get a new computer.

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1. The OP solved the problem. 2. When RAM is full while nothing fancy is opened, the "ram compression software" is not a solution. –  cubuspl42 Jul 2 at 20:34

do you have the word "RAM DISC" listed in your computer? if so this explains a bit, but its behavior is unusual to say the least. it is there because someone needed more memory while they had no other way to create more so they made a Ramdisc and this method actually works in windows XP and some others but not as well as XP does with it. I have been fixing and troubleshooting computers since 1996 I am 42, I am a certified technician I say this to you so you know that this info comes from a good source. and I hope it helps good luck to you. if you hadn't said what you said above i would have then told you that you had a virus for sure, "this behavior in memory is a typical re-action from a Virus attack" to eat up memory like that while your at Idle is crazy. if you delete Ramdisc and the situation does not improve then i would certainly say it is in fact a Virus or a defect. But honestly Ramdisc does not normally act this way either see? it is a good trick infact., it is for low end computers that have very little memory. what this trick will do is give you a boost of speed but your memory amount is physically the same, if you have 2GB installed and use Ramdisc your still going to show 2GB see? but performance will certainly gain. if this situation continues i think you may still have a problem going on? please tell me if you have solved this issue. with uninstalling or re-creating RAMDISC..

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The OP has already solved their problem. Actually, your answer is not an answer at all. RAMDisk is a tool for creating a virtual drive in RAM. It's not for "low end computers that have very little memory". I didn't want to downvote without leaving a comment. –  cubuspl42 Jul 2 at 20:31

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