No idea what's going on. I'm running Windows Vista SP2 x64, and starting yesterday IU began having insane slowdown. When this happened, I rebooted.
A few hours later, it happened again. I checked my task manager, and somehow not only have almost all of my processes somehow gone DOWN in RAM usage, but almost all of my RAM is being used up. I have four gigs.
I check the resource manager to get more info, and somehow I;'m getting 100-400 hard faults a second. I figure "Oh dammit, my RAM's going bad, better load up memtest86 and check to be certain." I ran it for over eight hours, completing nearly nine passes, and no errors were found, My next stop was to run a comprehensive S.M.A.R.T. test on it using the tool built into the latest Partition Magic. No errors found.
Today, I logged into my XP partition, ran Malwarebytes and then super anti-spyware. Other than finding tracking cookies(Which I really do need to clear out more often, but I prefer manual cookie deletion), nothing was amiss.
I logged into Vista again and hoped in vain that it was somehow fixed. It wasn't. A few hours later, it happened again. When I checked the resource manager, I wasn't getting the giganticohuge amounts of hard faults.
The only change to my system during all of this, to my knowledge, was a friend gifted me RAGE on Steam. Every time my system went wacky, it was downloading. It finally finished about 15 minutes ago.
I gave it a try, just to see what would happen if I ran that kind of full system resource utilizing application, and the damn thing was running smooth.
My full system specs are a Pentium Dual-Core 2160 OCed to 3 GHZ(idles at 1.8, the normal clockspeed), a Gigabyte GA-P31-S3G(I believe the 2.0 variant), a GeForce GTS 250(the 512 megabyte style. It's a rebranded standard model) at stock speeds, 4 gigs of DDR-800 running at 667 MHZ, a Xonar DG, and an Earthwatts 380(The original revision, not the one currently on the market).
Can anyone help?