Not Enough Memory (RAM)

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Parker_Lehman
Oct 24, 2003
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I am getting an error saying Adobe Photoshop (ver 7) could not open "my file" because there is not enough memory (RAM). I am trying to open a tiff file that was scanned at 2400dpi. The file size is 250MB. I am running 2 gig of RAM on a DELL XPS 3.0 HT processor. I also have plenty of space on my scratch disk (not that it should need it). I have alloted as much as 90% of my system to Photoshop and still get the same error. Thanks

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Rob_Keijzer
Oct 24, 2003
Parker,

A wild guess, but did you install/upgrade to 2 GB RAM after PS was installed? Then maybe PS doesn’t know that it can use this wealth.
In that case reset your prefs.

I don’t know if RAM configuration is written in the prefs at all, but that’s wat I would try first.

Please let us know if this was successful or unsuccessful. Rob
CS
Carol_Steele
Oct 24, 2003
Also check the amount of space which you have available for the Windows Page file


Carol
(Posted from the UK)
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Parker_Lehman
Oct 24, 2003
The RAM was already installed prior to PS. Also, I’m not sure where to check the amount of space which I have available for the Windows
Page file? Thanks
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Cnickell
Oct 24, 2003
Ive had this problem under windows 2000 and the only thing that fixed it for me was to (first close photoshop) go under;

documents and settings/my name/application data/adobe

and to delete my PHOTOSHOP folder.

This has all your pallette info so you can either move it and test or just delete it as it will be recreated when photoshop starts again.

Good luck.
PL
Parker_Lehman
Oct 24, 2003
I tried to delete the PS folder and I still get the Not Enough RAM error. Any other suggestions? Thanks again, Duane
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Joe Thibodeau
Oct 24, 2003
Go to options and set amount of memory available to Photoshop. Windos is acooperative system between all the applications. Photoshop will use what you specify is available. Make sure to keep memeory available for other applications. Fortunately with 2G that won’t be a problem.

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I am getting an error saying Adobe Photoshop (ver 7) could not open "my
file" because there is not enough memory (RAM). I am trying to open a tiff file that was scanned at 2400dpi. The file size is 250MB. I am running 2 gig of RAM on a DELL XPS 3.0 HT processor. I also have plenty of space on my scratch disk (not that it should need it). I have alloted as much as 90% of my system to Photoshop and still get the same error. Thanks
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Cnickell
Oct 24, 2003
Well heck…sorry that didnt help, only other ideas I have;

Is this the only file it does it to?? Maybe that file is corrupt?

Try opening the file on another computer if possible?

Can you open the file in an image viewer like ACDSEE?? If not maybe the file really is corrupt.

Check Photoshop Memory & Image cash settings didnt somehow get messed up.

Search and delete all .TMP files

Check for ad-ware/spy-ware crap that might be runing

Go through your list of programs running and shut them down one by one until hopefully photoshop can open the file.

Run a virus scanner

Maybe rescan the image?

I’m tapped for ideas. Hope you get it working.
CS
Carol_Steele
Oct 24, 2003
Right Click on My Computer Icon and choose ‘properties from the flyout menu – then choose the tabbed header ‘Advanced’ and then click on the button marked performance options. See how the page File is setup, its min/max size and its location.


Carol
(Posted from the UK)
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Vernon Hendrix
Oct 25, 2003
I am having another kind of "not enough memory" problem. Here is some of the system info:

Operating System: Windows XP
Version: 5.1 Service Pack 1
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:15, Model:2, Stepping:7 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP Built-in memory: 2047 MB
Free memory: 512 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 1778 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 85 %
Image cache levels: 6
Use image cache for histograms: No
Serial number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop 7.0\ Temporary file path: C:\DOCUME~1\VERNON~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\ Photoshop scratch has async I/O disabled
Scratch volume(s):
H:\, 62.92 GB, 52.97 GB free
E:\, 57.58 GB, 57.50 GB free
D:\, 10.74 GB, 10.69 GB free
G:\, 19.53 GB, 17.77 GB free

The image is (status bar) psd 143.4M/530.9M. When I try to execute the Radial Blur filter I get the "not enough memory" message. Any ideas?
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LenHewitt
Oct 25, 2003
Vernon,

Can you execute the radial blur on individual channels of the image?
VH
Vernon Hendrix
Oct 25, 2003
No. I get the same message whether I attempt to do the radial blur on one layer (what I need to do), linked layers, or a flattened image. I can’t imagine I don’t have enough memory or scratch file space. The windows page file is on c: and is managed by Windows – 2047mb.
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LenHewitt
Oct 25, 2003
I cannot find a aiprefs.* file on my diskernon,

I’m not talking about layers but about channels. See if you can apply the radial blur a channel at a time – That is select just one channel from the channels palette.
VH
Vernon Hendrix
Oct 26, 2003
Sorry, I didn’t read your message carefully. Yes, it works one channel at a time — on the layer previously selected in the layer palette. Is this the way it’s supposed to work?

If I do it on a one layer image it also works on the layer. If I do it on a two layer image the "not enough memory" message pops up and I have to go to channels to make it work.
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dave_milbut
Oct 26, 2003
you can do it one channel at a time and achive the same effect (great call len!). that means you’re borderline somewhere. what’s your image size and resolution? huge?
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LenHewitt
Oct 26, 2003
Vernon,

Yes, it works one channel at a time <<

Then the message you are getting is absolutely true. Some filter operations have to be handled entirely in real RAM. They can generate huge amounts of data, in your case more than the available RAM.

Running the filter on a single channel is effectively running the filter on a file of only 1/3rd the size, which is why it works when running the filter on a single channel but fails when running it on the entire file.
VH
Vernon Hendrix
Oct 26, 2003
Thanks Dave and Len.

I have been using PS for about 10 years and never before needed the radial blur. Doing it on a channel at a time isn’t too bad. Yes, the image was pretty big.

Thanks again.
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LenHewitt
Oct 26, 2003
You’re welcome, Vernon
DM
dave_milbut
Oct 27, 2003
Good call Len!
PL
Parker_Lehman
Oct 27, 2003
Thanks for all the tips. For some reason when I scan it in and save as a .tif (at 2400dpi) photoshop cannot open it (not enough RAM). However, I tried the .tif (at 600 dpi) and it opened it fine. I also scanned at 2400 dpi in .bmp and photoshop had no problem opening it (basically the same file size and dimensions as the .tif). Although I would rather work with the .tif, I guess I can work around it. Thanks again.
HG
Haytham_GHareeb
Oct 27, 2003
Hi,
I have a similar problem with Adobe photoshop

When I try to open photoshop ( versions 5.5 and 6 ) I get this message: There isn’t enough memory (RAM) to launch photoshop

although I have 256 MB RAM and I try to run the program after windows loads so there aren’t any other programs running..so what could be the problem:

PII 350
256 RAM
Win 98 SE
15GB HD

Thanks
DM
dave_milbut
Oct 27, 2003
haytham, make sure you have enough free space on the drive with the ps scratch file on it. that message is telling you you’re running low on disk space.
RZ
Roy_Zeringue
Oct 29, 2003
Try going to edit>preferences>memory and imagecache set "maximum used by photoshop" to 90% (with 2 gigs) and cache levels to 4. you will then have to exit photoshop and restart for the settings to take effect. At the bottom of the page, click the little triangle and select efficency. You should now be operating at 100%.
Going online and upgrading your bios, if you have not done so may be in order. Hope this helps–Roy
HG
Haytham_GHareeb
Oct 29, 2003
Thanks a lot all..sorry been very busy..
I have no idea where the " ps scratch file " is because PS doesn’t run at all so there is no window to find any settings in..I’d like to know if PS has any connection to a bios upgrade though..I needed an upgrade for my bios recently ( for installing a large HDisk ) but found that the only upgrade I could get was for 25$ and no guarantee that it won’t kill my bios..Thanks again
Haytham
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LenHewitt
Oct 29, 2003
Haytham,

Initially the Photoshop Scratch file will be on your C:\ drive.

You need a minimum of 200 megs free on the C:\ drive to initially open Photoshop
SM
sam_m_brown
Oct 29, 2003
Parker…have you downloaded the latest patch – not sure about ver7 but I think version 6 had a problem which had it giving "Not enough Memory (RAM)" messages.
HG
Haytham_GHareeb
Oct 30, 2003
Thanks again..I have read that my 256SD RAm is no where near enough to run PS so I just have to wait until I do an upgrade of my system. Thanks all
Haytham
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LenHewitt
Oct 30, 2003
Hytham,

Photoshop will ‘run’ on 256Mb RAM – albeit at more of a crawl than sprint. That’s not what’s causing your problem….
HG
Haytham_GHareeb
Oct 30, 2003
LenHewitt

I knew this was probably not the problem but with no apparent solution I thought I’d convince myself it was the problem..You know what..I heard on the net that even version 7 hangs a lot..I don’t know how to solve this problem so I just uninstalled the PS with all its plug-ins…guess I’ll have to find an alternative.
thanks again
Haytham
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Gpa
Jun 25, 2005
Wrote:
Hi,
I have a similar problem with Adobe photoshop

When I try to open photoshop ( versions 5.5 and 6 ) I get thi message:
There isn’t enough memory (RAM) to launch photoshop

although I have 256 MB RAM and I try to run the program after window loads so there aren’t any other programs running..so what could be th problem:

PII 350
256 RAM
Win 98 SE
15GB HD

Thanks

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