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1036 - What can I do if I get an Error of Computer memory is full?

by - Joseph Ganci

I did try a save and compact but cannot, it will prompt "Unable to save the file because of the following error: computer memory is full." What can I do? The number of vars 947, icons 27292, and file 52233k. Memory of system 256mb.

I would quickly try a couple of things. Though they are unlikely to succeed, it won't take much time to try them. If they do work, they will save you a lot of time.

1) Check to see how much hard drive space you have left on your computer. If it's too low, you may get the same message. Free up space and see if it helps. Also make sure you don't have other applications running in the background - same thing.

2) If that doesn't work, copy the file to another machine that has a faster processor, more memory, more hard drive space, etc. and see if it will work then.

3) If that doesn't work, something that actually worked for me before was to zip the file, then unzip it. Don't ask me why, it simply worked.

Then resort to the standard solution, which is to copy your code, bit by bit from the existing file into a new one.

You should start with relatively large chunks.

At some point you should find an error when trying to copy. This should be where the corrupt icon is. By taking this section and selecting/copying gradually smaller sections of it you should be able to narrow it down to the troubled code.

Of course it may be that there is no corruption, and that you have simply overburdened Authorware, in which case you have no choice at this stage but to chop your code into smaller files.

After doing any of the above, if any of them do work. Make sure you cut down on the number of variables in your file. It is very likely that you don't need them all. Even in my most complex applications in ten years time I don't think I ever went above 200. Through the use of property lists, my most complex pieces now only use about 20 or 30 variables.Property lists are good and will not tax your piece as much as variables do. I recommend them to anyone looking to create more efficient and maintainable code. Good luck!

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