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Serious memory leak?

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Roc Marcellus
#21 - 2012-05-22 13:17:56 UTC
The memory leak for me was related to audio.

If I had audio enabled in EVE the memory usage consistently increased to well over 2Gb before I ended up having to restart due to stuttering and lag. Disabling audio in the client prevented the leak and the memory seems to top out at around 600Mb at most after a lot of in-space activity (missions or whatever) but drops below this after periods of inactivity in station, which it never did with the audio enabled.

Heck, with audio enabled I could sit in station and the memory footprint would just escalate seemingly infinitely. What?

So, back to 'EVE has sound?' for me at least heh. Lol
Rothschild's Sewage and Septic Sucking Services
The Possum Lodge
#22 - 2012-05-22 13:21:01 UTC
Mine is not however...after you posted the 'sound fix', i tried it, no no avail....i'm hoping it got fixed randomly in the new code for Inferno, but not likely....

Still want to understand why a single minimal graphics client needs to start out using 600-700mb of reason i can think of.    < Unified Inventory is NOT ready...

Roc Marcellus
#23 - 2012-05-22 13:46:04 UTC
Panhead4411 wrote:
Mine is not however...after you posted the 'sound fix', i tried it, no no avail....i'm hoping it got fixed randomly in the new code for Inferno, but not likely....

Still want to understand why a single minimal graphics client needs to start out using 600-700mb of reason i can think of.

Aha, that's why it seemed familiar when I wrote that post lol. Sorry, my memory is terrible these days and since I hardly ever touch the forums I'd forgotten you'd already tried it. Oops

Tbh, the memory usage is pretty schizophrenic even without a memory leak nowadays. One of my clients can start with as little as 300Mb at log on, but another with the same settings and in the same system uses 480Mb+ straight away before even undocking or opening the skill queue, and it's not even consistent as to which uses more.

I really hope you can figure this out and that CCP fixes it soon. Sad
Adeena Torcfist
Right Hand Of The Legion.
#24 - 2012-05-22 21:09:05 UTC
you might be onto something with the audio. Im sure i muted it & disabled the damn thing, only to find the music is still playing while muted.
Since ther eis no "stop" button, ive paused it for the time being. i just hope it remembers this time, that ive stopped the music.

i sure hope it isnt that, eating up my memories.... Evil
Thunderpants Longdrop
Simple Farmers
#25 - 2012-05-23 00:32:15 UTC
Ever since two patches ago, I am now unable to run 3 clients. It is choppy, and pauses a lot. While running just two I still get pauses, and lockups, just not a frequent. Everything can slow down to a crawl, but can come good by either hitting ESC on both clients, and then returning to the play screen, or just wait for everything to unfreeze itself which can take up to a minute. I do not run audio at all.

I ran the memory diag tool for Win7 64, and it came back with zero errors, but running the resource monitor in the background reveals major page file, or as it's now called, 'Hard Faults' spikes up to 100. With 1 client they hardly appear. I have an 8Gig set page file size, and am running 6Gig of RAM.

Please help CCP, as this is making it quite unplayable, especially during wars.
Thunderpants Longdrop
Simple Farmers
#26 - 2012-05-23 04:55:29 UTC
So I disabled HDR, Anti-aliasing, and music, and after undocking both toons from station my memory usage was around 3GB. Things were ok until I quickly scrolled through the local list in Jita. It froze that client for 20 seconds, but my other was ok. I have found that even having a web browser minimised at the same time causes massive slowdown.

The graphics now don't look as nice, but at least I have a much more playable client. Hardly any spikes in Hard Faults either. The slowdowns have become even more prevalant with the latest patch. :(
Madam Sovereignty
Intergalactic Fender benders
#27 - 2012-05-23 10:14:12 UTC  |  Edited by: Madam Sovereignty
CCP Snorlax wrote:
Teclador wrote:
CCP Snorlax wrote:
I will look into this - thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Any news about this point CCP Snorlax ?

I have not been able to reproduce this in simple in-house tests, and my colleagues that play EVE on a regular basis have not experienced this, so this seems to be from some combination of factors. If anybody can come up with a reliable repro case that preferably doesn't take 6 hours of varied gameplay I'd be really grateful.

I have been working on a system to allow us to monitor performance, including memory use, more closely. This will allow us to catch issues like this earlier and hopefully help find the culprit.

Having played since early 2005, why does this answer come as no surprise.... EXODUS RMR had the same issues and we got the same answers. SImply put CCP does not like smart gamers, they want dumbass theme park gamers who won't bother them with difficult questions. Why anyone who plays EVE thinks this attitude will ever change beats me, just play the game, restart clients/flush cache and don't bother complaining cause that's as far as it will go.
Thunderpants Longdrop
Simple Farmers
#28 - 2012-05-23 14:06:57 UTC
Mine happens almost straight away. Every time. It will then happen every 10-30 mintues, on average.
Blackwater USA Inc.
Pandemic Horde
#29 - 2012-06-05 10:30:36 UTC  |  Edited by: MindRanger
Confirming some kind of memory leak / cache error, and even today Windows 7 gave me this warning message.

Error message :

Details :

I have an i920/2.66Ghz w/ 12GB DDR3 memory and 2 x Nvidia GTX480/1.5GB memory and Windows 7/64Bit

3 Clients was at respectively (when Windows popped up the error message)
- 2.46 GB
- 1.34 GB
- 1.10 GB

It seems like the memory keeps counting up at a rather slow pace, but peaks after a few hours which may cause erratic instability and crashes, at least this is how I've perceived it.

My best guess is that the eve client have one or more conditional memory leaks, but I'm not paid to find out which :)

Cheers, good luck fixing this.
Laechyd Eldgorn
Molden Heath Angels
#30 - 2012-06-05 18:05:08 UTC  |  Edited by: Laechyd Eldgorn
I had no problems running 2 clients before inferno and last year i could run 3 clients just fine.

Today, after patch apparently I patched 2 clients and started game, hooray. Currently this means first client runs barely at 20fps 600mb memory 60% cpu second client runs at like 3-14fps unstable 600mb memory unstable cpu.


i opened that monitor thingy tab i noticed difference on memory tab first client has VM whatever around like 4000/4000 green color second client has VM thingy unstable number/24000 RED

does this mean something
Byrrssa Crendraven
Anti - Social
#31 - 2012-06-08 23:45:44 UTC
I am currently running 5 eve clients with no real problems. I also read the forums and control my brothers computer through teamviewer and have evemon running all at once. It's been running since 9:30am mtn and the most they are taking up is about 850mb each. No real performance issues really. I use the optimize settings memory and, they are going without a hitch.

Now, I do have a 6 core proc, 8gb of ram, and a 4870x2 in my system too all on win7 64bit.

Orion Expeditions
#32 - 2012-06-09 01:06:41 UTC
I also don't have any issue's with memory the client is using. Each client here is hovering around 600-800MB (I7 24GB winXP 64)

U guys trying with different graphics/sound settings from high to low/off) to narrow down/exclude some settings?

My last memory hole i experienced was back in nov 2010 witch was related to show effects, witch was eating memory and FPS at that time)

Rothschild's Sewage and Septic Sucking Services
The Possum Lodge
#33 - 2012-06-09 23:04:10 UTC
nardaq wrote:

My last memory hole i experienced was back in nov 2010 witch was related to show effects, witch was eating memory and FPS at that time)

So, are you saying it was b/c you had "show effects" ON, and now have it off? B/c if so, if "show effects" is causing this ram leak, as much as it pains me, i don't think i would enjoy playing an internet spaceship games with "effects" turned off....or am i wrong?

I'm still seeing this leak.

It is sporatic at this stage, one day it might only climb 200mb, another day it will climb more than that, all while doing the same activity (mining) for roughly the same amount of time.    < Unified Inventory is NOT ready...

Legendary Umbrellas
#34 - 2012-06-10 02:40:06 UTC
I know for a fact that its leaking Vram but that happens on Linux with wine running. However i know something is wrong on Wndows aswell, and eats both RAM and VRAM for me. With two clients running i had almost 1.8GB of VRAM usage and both Clients eating about 1.8gb each.

My FPS drops were considering weird since i had systematic drops, looked like a digital signal. Then the footprint dropped and FPS issue went away until next time.

On linux this footprint never went away and just kept building upp until eve dropped to 7fps and the opengl desktop stopped responding well.

[url=] EVE - Online Launcher [Linux] [/url] Installs, launches character prefixes (both SISI & Tranquility). Simplescreenrecorder shm inject

Lili Lu
#35 - 2012-08-07 00:04:02 UTC  |  Edited by: Lili Lu
Bump. And Robert, it is not the fault of the card manufacturers when this only happens with EVE. CCP needs to figure this out and fix it. If only because it is hurting them and going to hurt them more in the pocket book.

edit - And I wonder whether it is eve-voice related. I have a desktop that can't seem to run eve anymore without continuous freezeups. Meanwhile a laptop that is not experiencing the problems. I have never used eve-voice on the lappy. I did on the desktop. I have since disabled sound on the desktop. But from reading this thread i wonder whether it has not turned off somehow.
Kara Books
Deal with IT.
#36 - 2012-08-08 03:31:43 UTC  |  Edited by: Kara Books
Iv had voice disabled for a while now.

Currently 20 min, 2 clients no memory spikes.

Sitting at 620megs and 614megs

I also want to note, this game is based on a huge memory leak, the designers did this intentionally so we could all enjoy massive battles, pretty ship pictures and be synced from on Solar system to another seamlessly.

This leak is getting bigger and bigger as code is being added, its spreading into the markets now in the form of lagg, See Zorlu's post in this thread.

The code needs to be cleaned up, refined put up on a special server other then sisi and have people give it a good 20 hour testing, asking players if specific problems are fixed.

This would be a Major undertaking, but eventually this will have to be done, sooner or later, NOW is a good time to start planning for it CCP, as you can see the problems are starting to pile up.

20 more min
Memory usage stable, Shut down 1 client, Memory was correctly released.

Windows 64
AMD A8 3520MX APU + 7690 ATi 1.5 gig
6G ram

Uldate 2
Everything seems to be loading and releasing just fine on my machine, although the client is getting laggy a few months after every patch.
Pator Tech School
Minmatar Republic
#37 - 2012-08-08 05:59:19 UTC
When doing station trading, the Eve client gets slower and slower as time goes on.

For example, you log in. The trade dialog boxes are kinda fast.

24 hours later, the client has probably degraded so much that most times you pull up buy/sell/modify: First a window appears with some empty grey area, then it lags, then it resizes, then the numbers appear, then the I-beam cursor quickly flashes to catch up all the ticks it should have been ticking for, and you can finally reliably type something in.

Restart client again. Some relief.

This process repeats, the Client cannot continue running.

I blame the VM because (except for a few BLOCKS), the UI itself stays fast at the *widget* level -- mostly the asynchronous logic parts of the program become slower.

After the UI has had all of its updates, it can be interacted with in low latency and it feels lag free. But when you "load some code" in Eve, it's slow IF the client has degraded.

And it always degrades.

Even though I said the UI remains fast while async logic degrades, I can still feel the asynchronous logic parts of the program blocking the UI in some places. This is actually going on in the trade system's buy/sell/modify dialog! A large amount of the UI can lock up while loading that simple bit of code (Can you please keep it loaded?)

Over time, the client's rate of decline has increased.

I blame either the VM's compiler, or the GC's allocator.


1) Loading new code becomes slower over time.

2) Loading things which need memory become slower over time.
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