Over the weekend I had a customer that complained that by the end of the day absolutely nothing would open on her laptop. I thought “yeah right”…”customers always exaggerate”.
When I got to her house I quickly saw that she wasn’t bullsh*t’in! Not a single .exe would open. They all crashed. I was clueless for about 5 minutes and then I saw “your system is running low on virtual memory”. Right then and there I knew I was dealing with a memory leak.
Memory leaks suck…I barely see them. Maybe once a year.
Here’s 1 way you can quickly detect a memory leak in any version of Windows (currently supported):
- Click CTRL-ALT-DEL
- Click Task Manager
- Click Processes
- Click View
- Click Select Columns
- Select Page Faults
- Click OK
- Use the laptop like normal and look for a HUGE increases in the page fault value for 1 of the processes. In my case everything was between 1000-9000 except for the Broadcom wireless utility which was at around….30,000,000! It was pretty obvious at that point where the leak was.
I got pretty lucky that time around. The broadcom wireless utility wasn’t even needed so I removed it. Problem solved. I got paid. Client happy!
Hope that helps someone else!