04-25-2009 07:15 AM - last edited on 04-29-2009 12:12 AM by Agotthelf
Hey everyone! I've been having troubles trying to reduce my X61's physical memory usage ever since I bought it and it won't go down since. There about 103 processess running...that looks bad to me, especially with 3 gb ram. Is there a guide to reducing physical memory that someone could direct me to? Or maybe even someone here could help? Thanks a lot
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04-25-2009 07:31 AM
hello welcome to the forums!
Can you tell what kind of programs are you suing on your system?and the OS?i guess it must be vista.If you have any programs in the startup try disabling which you may feel are not useful for startup.
If your system still gobbles up lots of memory try disabling windows aero.tell us if you are using any memory intensive application.if possible please post a screen shot of your task manager with the processes tab so that i can see what programs are causing you the trouble!
04-25-2009 01:05 PM
Well I have DiskKeeper and ZoneAlarm that are always on. And yes it is a Vista x32 Home Premium. I already disabled windows aero but it looks like no difference. Im not sure what I can disable and what I cannot because most seem relevant to my laptop.
Memory is usually at 50% but when I try a game or use office 2007, it goes up to around 60-65%
Sry I dont know how to post a picture o.o
04-25-2009 07:06 PM - edited 04-25-2009 07:07 PM
Ive had a look at your screen shots try disabling these at startup
4.dlg.exe(dlg.exe is a part of BVRP Phone Tools software suite. It offers faxing, phone book, e-mailing and more. This is a non-essential process)
5.igfxtray.exe(intel graphics) removes icon from startup
8. msnmsgr.exe(windows live messenger)
9. tuneup utilities
I see that you are using multiple security products here(norton system security,bit defender,zonealarm firewall).Use any one of them...preferably norton if its the 2009 edition..vista's firewall is a pretty strong two way firewall as well..so you coould remove zonealarm if you wish
I dont know what utilites you use in thinkvantage system.do you use acess connections or presentation director if not disable them as well
hope this helps you
04-27-2009 01:12 PM
Try sysinternals for enable/disable startup stuff. It's only recently been bought by Microsoft, so it's very good ;-) You can turn something of and renable it later if you disabled something you didn't wanted to.
Furthermore I am still puzzled by the prefetching stuff of Mickeysofts Vista.
I disabled it on my ACER and do not see any difference in startup of programs, but I do start up with 204Mb...running Vista Ultimate...somewhat tuned ;-).
Some other big memory improvements:
1) Get rid of AERO.
2) Get rid of the sidebar
3) Use a lean anti-virus solution McAfee is easily doing 90Mb where ESET (as on my ACER)
is doing some 15Mb.
4) Go through the systinternals view of processes and if in doubt check with:
There you can find more info on the process itself.
I log anything I install...so if this isn't enough it might look en see if there is more.
04-27-2009 03:42 PM
Thanks for the extra help! =D Switched my antivirus. It did reduce the usage a bit. I also disabled ZoneAlarm, which actually played a big role in the usage o.o. Are there any other firewalls I could use that anyone can recommend? Actually, I think a better question is what protection (antivirus, firewall, spyware) should I use that do not demand a lot of mem usage, but are reliable?
On a side note, could someone recommend protections for Vista x64? I find it hard to find anything available o.o
04-28-2009 07:25 AM
That's what I use.
Lean and mean, has anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware.
And there is a 64bit version, as there is a Linux version.
If I didn't get McAfee for free on all my PCs at home through my ISP I think I would have moved away form the system&memory hog McAfree.