View Full Version : Memory Errors

January 15th, 2004, 03:33 AM
A secretary at work keeps getting memory errors on her Mac. It's running version 9.2 with 196MB RAM. She'd try to put a picture in Word or something and wham "Not enough memory" error. She only has about 100MB used up with apps and os running so this shouldn't be happening. I thought it might be that there wasn't a memory block big enough, but even with virtual memory set to max (990MB) it still happens. What's going on!?!

P.S. - I'm not exactly Mac saavy, so please try to put in PC talk :D

January 15th, 2004, 04:50 PM
For optimum performance you should set virtual memory 1mb above the physical RAM. So set it to 197. I know this doesn't seem right, but setting VM to take all the drive space will actually slow things down considerably and may be causing the errors.

Can I assume it's only a 1 GB hard drive based upon the memory settings?

Defragmenting the drive may help as well, as you suspect. To defragment you'll need a 3rd party application though. Things like Disk Warrior, Tech Tool Pro, and Norton Utilities for the Mac do great jobs at defragmenting drives.

January 15th, 2004, 11:13 PM
Thanks Buzz, I'll try that tomorrow. The drive actually has nearly 17GB free. :confused: