low memory warning?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Freyqq, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I have 4 gigs of ram and plenty of hd space free, but some apps give me a low memory warning every so often. Most of the time, it happens in microsoft office 2008 (it is fully patched). This is on OSX 10.5.8. I have tried repairing permissions. Any idea what could be causing this? The last time I saw the error, i had close to 2 gigs of ram free lol.
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    this can happen because sometimes apps can only use a limited amount of memory. for example i have 8GB of RAM in my MBP but when im running graphic intensive projects in photoshop i will get a low memory warning because it can only use 3gb of system memory at one time. so that could be the problem you are running into.
  3. bsizz234 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2010
    can't wait for CS5...
  4. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I can understand photoshop, but word needing over 3 gigs of ram is highly unlikely lol. Word's usage is way lower than that when I see those error messages.
  5. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I've seen Word give out or memory errors for no apparent reason, although I don't use the Mac version. Word must have some outdated internal memory limits, for example on versions with VBA (Office 08 doesn't have it), there is a 640k limit on VBA forms, which I hit one time when I had a few hundred form objects in one form.

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