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SWTOR, Windows and Memory leaks - how to fix.

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SWTOR, Windows and Memory leaks - how to fix.

vermura's Avatar

01.12.2013 , 02:47 AM | #1
So like, swtor has leaked memory since Beta. I reported the problem in Beta, I've reported the problem many times since and Bioware has... actually made it worse since patch 1.4 and no patch since has improved the situation.

What is a memory leak?
Programs, like swtor, routinely allocate memory to tasks as part of their operation. When they have finished a task, they then free it up so that other processes can make use of the memory. A memory leak occurs when the memory is not freed up. Strong evidence for this occuring is if the size of the process grows over time. For me, this occurs with SWTOR. I've always known it was a memory leak in the client (I'm a former programmer, and actually, spent a couple of months rewriting code to specifically to fix memory leaks in a 500k user application).

What will happen if a memory leak is unchecked?
Well, eventually, the operating system will run out of RAM, which will cause it to swap to the hard disk and/or crash.
You may also notice a significant drag on performance even if a crash does not occur.

How to fix this?
It's actually a Bioware problem, and I didn't think there was anyway I could fix this for them. Fortunately, however, a guy in this obscure thread on the customer service forums found this awesome application to fix it. I tried it, and was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked. The settings I am using under options are "Trim Process working set every 5 minutes" and "start memory cleaner with windows".

So why am I posting this here?
Come on, it's been a year, it's preety fracken obvious bioware aren't going to fix it. I could post this on the general forums and it would sink like a stone, never to be seen again. This forums not so busy and it's also the server I'm playing on now.

What can you do to help others?
If this helps you, you can help others by just bumping this thread.

Disclaimer: I did not write this application and I do not know it could or will damage your computer. If your not sure, I advise you to NOT use it. If you take the chance and suffer damage to your PC, don't come crying to me lol.
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vermura's Avatar

01.12.2013 , 02:56 AM | #2
The Bastion Seraphic Nexus
My toons and their Valor Rank: Setx 100, Sety ~70, Arikall ~80, Arikal ~70, Arikill ~60, Arikrule ~70, Lolgasm ~60, Arikell ~70.
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MystbladeWA's Avatar

01.12.2013 , 08:01 AM | #3
Thanks for this Arikal, I've got that bug bad. Just installed the application and will test it out. Hope it works for me too!

Cheers bud
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bluengreen's Avatar

01.16.2013 , 05:12 PM | #4
I can't thank you enough for this post. I can confirm that Memory Cleaner does, in fact, fix the memory leak! I've had this problem since 1.4 and the program works wonders. I can actually raid with my guildies (and not have to schedule a quick 5-10 minute bio on my and others in my guild who have this problem's behalf), nor do I have to worry about suddenly crashing to the desktop during a crucial moment in PvP.

I've tried absolutely everything on the dozens of threads, and nothing has worked. This fix works.

Thank you

muzzington's Avatar

01.17.2013 , 02:57 AM | #5
Agreed, this helped me as well.
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MonsAlpha's Avatar

01.17.2013 , 06:45 AM | #6
Same thing happens to me as well. I've had SWTOR eat up to over 6 gigs of RAM over the course of 6 hours...
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Daskillz's Avatar

01.17.2013 , 07:42 AM | #7
Excellent post, I probably crash from SWTOR if I am on 4-5 hours at a time but this program might be what I need to prevent that.
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Orlesian's Avatar

01.17.2013 , 10:57 AM | #8
Interesting. I am going to try this now.
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jasestu's Avatar

01.17.2013 , 02:08 PM | #9
For those that benefited, what OS are you on?

Frobington's Avatar

01.18.2013 , 02:00 AM | #10
Works a charm cheers.