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By bosston ·
Is there a program that will track down memory leaks? I'm supporting a user who has a Dell Latitude 640 laptop w/ XP. She says for the last couple of weeks recently she has been getting virtual memory errors. I took a couple of programs out of the background. Is there anything else I can check?

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by donmars In reply to Track down memory leaks.

The better solution is to create one pagefile on the boot partition using the default settings and create one pagefile on another less frequently used partition. Place the second pagefile on the partiton without data or system files. Do a disk cleanup in Windows XP by selecting Help and Support from the Start Menu.
Under the Tasks option, select Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
The Help and Support Center's appearance changes to list all available tools alongthe left side of the screen.
Click once on the Disk Cleanup option.
To launch Disk Cleanup, click on the hypertext with the upper arrow in the right portion of the dialog box. Following the series of prompts, you can define which files you want compressed or deleted from your system.
Click OK to exit.
Do a defrag. Since the defrag utility in XP does not defrag the page file, in order to defrag your pagefile:
1. Defrag your Drive (all partitions).
2. Ascertain that you have enough unfragmented free space for your pagefile.
3. Go into your system settings and set your pagefile size to the minimum 2 MB.
4. Restart your system.
5. Go back to your system settings and reset your pagefile size to the desired size.
6. restart your system.
The thing is to 1. defrag the page file 2. create a small partition for the page file (500 mb?) and place one there. 2. make the page file minimum and maximum settings the same. the formular to use is RAM + 12MB in other words with 128 MBof ram set min and max to 140 MB. The only disadvantage to making the page file to large would be the use of unnecessary disk space. This is a moot point if your space is large! so I would make the page file size larger, maybe 250 MB with 128 MB of physical memory. More with more mem.
I assume you know where to go to adjust pagefile numbers? system|performance|virtual memory. you will have to click "set" when through.

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by donmars In reply to Track down memory leaks.

What are your system resources like? You may want to disable services you do not need since some or too many of these will eat up resources. Again I am assuming you have an understanding of the services. Unless you are on a network computer browser can be disabled, for example.

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by donmars In reply to Track down memory leaks.

P.S. this will help in setup of page file (virtual mem)

http://www.theeldergeek.com/physically_setting_the_page_file_size.htm

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by TheChas In reply to Track down memory leaks.

Memory manager programs can help work around memory leaks, but do not get rid of them.

You can find links to several at either www.nonags.com or www.download.com

How much RAM does she have?
For XP, I recommend a minimum of 256MB.

Memory leaks usually come from bad code or updates.
My guess is that some program replaced a DLL file with an older version when it was installed.

Another thing to check for, is Spy-Ware.
Try AdAware from www.lavasoft.de or Spybot Search and Destroy fromwww.download.com

Also, check how much free HDD space she has.If there is less than 1GB of free HDD space, she could simply be running out of space for virtual memory.

Chas

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by bosston In reply to Track down memory leaks.

Thanks for all good answers. I think I'll just try the Adjust for best performance option under the Performance settings first.

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