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By Don_Juan ·
I am running into some memory issues with my Windows XP pro Box and I can't figure out why.

I am trying to save some large Adobe files 90mb+ as web images with Adobe photo shop elements.
When I try to save the image I get an error saying "could not complete this operation there was not enough memory available"
My system specs follow:
Dual 3Ghz P4 processors HT enabled
3GB PC2100 RAM
2 - 120GB SCSI Hard drives
Paging file is 4+ GB and is on a seperate HD than the OS.
and I have set the PC up for MAX performance.

Somebody please help me figure out what is causing this issue. I know this machine should not be having this issue.

Thanks

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by youssifm In reply to Not enough memory availab ...

with speed like that, i'm asking how come the ram is too old, i think if the mobo is high specifications, then you'll have to set dual ram bus 400, also enable ht option from bios, and use default for performance, not the maximum, espicially if using gigabyte or msi mobo

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by LiamE In reply to Not enough memory availab ...

The solution is.....

Take a gig of ram out, and no I'm not joking.

Alternatively use the /3gb switch in the boot.ini file though I have read articles from MS that suggest this doesnt work properly on anything other than the 'big' version of 2003 server.

Its down to the way XP allocates memory.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;820108

Its a typical example of the '3 gig' problem - its not specific to your problem but it has the same root.

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See... http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http%3a%2f%2fsupport.microsoft.com%2fservicedesks%2fwebcasts%2fen%2fwc110502%2fwct110502.asp for more info on using (or not using) the /3gb switch. Its an article specific to exchange but explains pretty well the issues xp and 2003 have allocating memory with and without this switch.

Again its not specific to your issue in general - but memeory allocation is memory allocation and therefore it applies.

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by LiamE In reply to

I'll stop commenting on this in a sec...

I'm not tremendously familiar with adobe photoshop elements but I would think it is VERY likely that it is a single process app.

As no single process can address more than 3gb ram on xp/2003 - which is where your problem lies - and windows by deault allocates 2gb to apps and 2gb to system - you really need a multi-process app to get the best from your hardware. This is a 'by design' feature if xp/2003 and not specific to any one app.

Photoshop cost around $650, photoshop elements about $99. I bet 1000 points that the premier product supports multiprocesses and elements doesnt hence your problems and the price differential.

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by mikex In reply to Not enough memory availab ...

There's only one simple solution => Shrink your LARGE Adobe files to 20 MB and it will be OK
Dont use real size measures in to the Adobe - Scale it

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by glyall In reply to Not enough memory availab ...

have you checked for spyware?
they can eat up memory.
use Ad_Aware and/or SpyBots

good luck

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