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Allocating Memory

Ok, so you have added plenty of RAM and now you have a monster machine sitting on your desk. Why do you still get that pesky out of memory message? "I thought the RAM was supposed to take care of that", I can just hear you saying.

Actually the added RAM has given you the ability to solve the problem, but it is not solved yet. Now you have to allocate more memory to the application that was telling you there was a memory problem.

Step 1. If the application is still running go to the File menu and select the Quit option. You can not allocate more memory while the application is running.

Step 2. Find the icon that launches the program and click one time on the icon to select it. Don't double-click. You do not want to launch the application. For this Example I am using the program SimpleText.

Simple Text icon
Step 3. Go to the File menu and select Get Info. In the example below, if Simple Text had needed only 600 K of memory I would still have gotten a message that there was not enough memory, even on my 256 Mb RAM monster machine. That's because Simple Text only has permission to use 512 K of the RAM on my computer. If this happens over and over with the application I need to increase the preferred size.
Simple Text Get Info dialog box
Step 4. Click in the Preferred size box and highlight the number that is there. This can be done by clicking and dragging across the number or, more simply, by double-clicking on the number. Change the number to something higher that what is there in the preferred size box. In the case above I might even double the number. An extra 512 of RAM should not cause problems with other applications. Just remember, the extra amount you allocate to this program will mean that less will be available for other applications. If you allocated 24 Mb of RAM to a single application and your computer only had 32 Mb of RAM installed, you will not be able to run many other applications.

Step 5. If the Memory Requirements window of the dialog box has dashed lines around the Minimum size and Preferred size window [like the example below], and you can not highlight the numbers, go back to Step 1, the application is still running.

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