Need some guidance on a theory: Dock + Windows + Sleep issues = exploded pagefile.sys...?

So before I start here’re the specs from my System Page, and tl;dr is at the bottom:

Item Spec
Framework 16
Dock Anker 568 USB-C (as the forum says, 100W charging doesn’t work as advertised)
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS w/ Radeon 780M Graphics 3.80 GHz
Installed RAM 64.0 GB (61.8 GB usable)
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Edition Windows 11 Pro
Version 23H2
Installed on ‎10/‎3/‎2022
OS build 22631.3810
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22700.1020.0

I recently posted about sleep issues and some frustrations I had with it and battery life. I ended up keeping the powerbutton set to hibernate and closing the lid to sleep (Connected sleep is all I can do unfortunately).

I decided to keep going forward with a new dock, I had a simple usb-c… adapter I used as a dock, but wanted to move up. Thus, I saw this Anker dock on a megathread here that seemed pretty solid for my needs and wants (from what I understood).

Issue is, after I got it my FW16 started running out of space over night. I was at about 1.5GB used out of 1.81 (2GB nvme). I kept deleting things to get through to the system. First time I thought it was something random, but it happened regularly since then. Tried a few apps and compared Wiztree and TreeSize’s charts to see mostly it was my Pagefile expanding and expanding.

I looked it up and some older posts suggest pagefile size is generally in the 1.5x size compared to RAM, so it bloweing up from what seemed to used to be 18GB to 54GB I guess was within reason by that logic, but considering it didn’t happen before I’m not sure.

I then noticed the laptop never fully went to sleep when connected to the dock! I’d randomly hear the fans spin like jets and everytime I went to move it from the dock it was blazing hot.

So I just had the thought, is it having trouble sleeping while docked and therefore putting crap repeatedly over and over to the pagefile.sys as it keeps cycling through trying to sleep? How can I test this other than noting this seems to only happen when I plug it into the dock? How can I stop this most importantly? Any help or ideas are welcome!

You could try just turning off the page file. Unless you are doing some memory heavy computing, or maybe just use chrome, you should be fine. If anything maybe it will help diagnose the root cause.

This guide is pretty good.

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I’ll check it out. I do do a lot of memory intensive items. Mostly graphical; Fusion3560 (CAD), 3D Slicers… well, maybe not a lot, like two things and browsers.

FWIW something happened after I wrote this and the machine straight up crashed while docked (I forgot to mention I dock it with the lid closed). and that resulting boot the pagefile was wiped and my space returned after booting disconnected.
I’ve done reboots and shut downs while disconnected before and nothing changed, but seems this was a crash…

EventViewer just keeps referencing some Gameinput service crashing repeatedly.