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    Firefox memory leak

    Anyone else experiencing a bad memory leak in Firefox/Waterfox?

    Memory usage steadily climbs until eventually I get the "out of memory" error (8GB ram). Shut down FF/WF and it drops back to normal.

    I am am typing this it is staying steady, but once I go back to the main forum it will start again. (actually it is doing it on this page, just much slower) Seems to be worse on some sites, those with tons of content.

    Task manager show some memory usage increases but not near the amount that is being used.

    It does it whether I run FF or WF. I know they share files.

    Left IE up all night and it did not do it. Which I am grateful for since I didn't meant to but just forgot about it.
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    No...but then again, I'm still stuck a few versions back.
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    Yes FF continually adds memory usage and never lets it go unless you close all browser use occasionally. I find it particularly problematic with sites such as FaceBook. But AVG provides a popup saying that it is accumulating high memory usage and when it does, at my nearest convenience, I close all open pages and begin again.

    Whenever I play Word With Friends (Scrabble type game) in FB I ALWAYS close all browsers when leaving, then open them up again because FB is terrible IMO when it comes to memory use. I have not noticed any problems here, just sites with automated adverts and other scripting such as FB.

    I have even forgotten to close FB overnight to awaken to a frozen computer.

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    Yes FF continually adds memory usage and never lets it go unless you close all browser use occasionally
    That is more or less normal for FF, but that isn't what I am talking about. This happens much quicker. Within five or ten minutes ram usage can spike to 90%+ of 8GGB ram.
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    I just noticed that once the ram usage climb starts, every time I scroll up or down it adds almost 100MB of usage. That is really strange....

    The only thing I have updated recently is the recent windows updates on Tuesday, and the most likely culprit in my mind, AMD video card drivers.

    I am guessing there is some weird thing going on with the latest drivers (12.8) and FF's video hardware acceleration. That every time I scroll it fails to release the data of what is on the screen from memory and it just piles up until I run out of memory.

    Ha! Just turned off hardware acceleration in FF and it stopped doing it. Sweet! At least I can use the damn browser now without it crashing because of running out of memory.

    I should take a look at AMD's forums and see if there is anything about this issue with the latest drivers...

    EDIT - Yep, didn't take long to find some people talking about it. AMD says they are working on a hotfix for it. Going to drop back to 12.7 until we get a fix for it.
    Last edited by jlreich; 08-18-2012 at 10:29 PM.
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    Went back to 12.7 and turned hardware acceleration back on in FF. Problem seems to be gone.
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    Am I behind the times here? I'm on version 14.0.1

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    jlreich:
    The only thing I have updated recently is the recent windows updates on Tuesday, and the most likely culprit in my mind, AMD video card drivers.

    I am guessing there is some weird thing going on with the latest drivers (12.8) and FF's video hardware acceleration.
    FTT, it isn't Firefox that was causing the problem, it was some AMD drivers that he allowed to update.
    That's correct jl?

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    Oops. Sorry. My confusion over 'version' thinking FF, not video drivers.

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    Yes, I was talking about AMD/ATI video cards drivers. If you use FF and have an AMD video card stay away from the 12.8 drivers. Losing 100MB of memeory every time you scroll in FF is crazy. Doesn't take long to eat up all your ram at that rate.

    Currently running 12.7 beta drivers and all seems well.
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