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By awan ·
Hi, there is a problem I have at work with a server that seems to report inaccurate memory
or possibly have memory leaks, and am wondering if anyone can help me with identifying the problematic application or problem.

The server has WinNT 4.0 Server, with 4 cpus, 1 GB of ram, and the pagefile is split into 3

files with a total of 1.8 GB.

It runs a number of processes/apps such as MS Excel 97, MS Access 97, MS SQL server 7.0 with SP3, IIS/Cold Fusion 4.0, and a few misc AT/scheduled jobs.

Even though the ram usage reports approximately 750 MB of used ram (550 MB free) and 8 MB of used paging file space (1.72 GB free), I get errors such as the following when trying to open MS Access, "There isn't enough memory to perform this operation. Close unneeded programs and try the operation again." and also "Initialization of the dynamic link library

C:\Winnt\system32\user32.dll failed. The process is terminating abnormally." when trying to login to the server. Task manager reports a lot of free memory, but Access still has problems running because of no memory? Are any of these programs having memory leaks? If so, which ones could be fixed by an upgrade patch/SP? I am not sure what to make of it, and any help would begreatly appreciated.

BTW, This is supposed to be a stable server and should only be scheduled reboot so I can't reboot that often.

Thanks,
Alex

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Memory problems/Memory leak

by bill In reply to Memory problems/Memory le ...

Alex -

Most MS apps (except SQL server) do not take advantage of more than 2 processors.

That said, I'd look to do a reinstall of Access before I tried anything else. It is possible Access has a corrupt library file, or isn't able to see things in the same way NT is.

If you can carve out enough time, I'd personally upgrade the server to Win2000, and then reinstall Access. When we went to multiprocessor servers, we found 2000 to be a far superior product in terms of stability and expected behavior.

let me know if there is anything else you know about the problem, I might have another idea if I know more.

-Bill

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