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Internal Memory Low Error Message on Logic 9 ..:(

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Jan 29, 2013 4:43 PM

Hi Guys,


I get an "internal memory low" error message on logic pro 9.0 and then the program crashes...:(


Now, I am running this on a late 2011 white macbook (2.26 core 2 duo, 4GB RAM) , i'm in the process of freeing up space on my HD (around 30GB free at the moment). Will buying a 7200 rpm HD and running logic on that would solve the issue ..?? 





  • QtheMusic Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:08 PM (in response to gaggy)

    30gig???!!!??? This is your system drive? Holy crap. That 30 gig will be fragmented all over the place.


    Get 3 new drives. Back up your entire system drive on one and put it away. Move all your logic project folders onto a new drive. (NOT the Logic application file and associated folders and files. Only the project folders) (The third drive is to back up your new audio drive, as frequently as you can stand it).


    Once they are safely backed up and relocated on your new drive, delete them from the internal drive of your macbook. Hopefully this will free up a large amount of space. Your computer needs elbow room on the system disk for doing it's job. The audio drive must be a firewire 800 or thunderbolt, or it may not be fast enough. Your system will work much better with the audio being handled by a separate drive.The backup drives can be USB if budget is an issue.


    BUT. this may not be your problem. If you are reaching the limit of your 4 gig of ram, you can free up some memory by deleting the undo history (in the edit menu). Get to a point where you are happy, save the project, and delete undo history. Should work.



  • QtheMusic Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to gaggy)

    Doesn't your macbook have have firewire or thunderbolt? USB2 will be unreliable for multitrack audio on an external drive. It's theoretically kinda fast enough, but seems to work in gulps of data that doesn't suit audio. The error messages will drive you mad. Even Firewire 400 will be better.


    Another option, if you have a PCI express slot would be to get an eSATA adaptor card to go in there. (OWC, or one of those brans. Usually about $40) That's faster than even Firewire 800. I have one hanging off my 2007 Macbook Pro, and it's fast enough to run very large VI Libraries. It's not hard to find external drives with eSATA ports. You have to be a bit carefull not to disturb the connection to the adaptor card too much, but it shouldn't be an issue.

  • Blueberry Level 4 Level 4 (2,825 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:43 PM (in response to gaggy)

    This error message is memory related, not disk space. You might have run out of 4GB RAM. First: update your Logic to 9.1.8 and then try switching to 64-bit to see if that fixes it.

  • Blueberry Level 4 Level 4 (2,825 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:50 PM (in response to gaggy)

    After updating to Logic Pro 9.1.8 try 64-bit mode anyway. At that point it should no longer crash if you run out of memory, but instead becoming slower and slower. That is easier to deal with than crashes...

  • Blueberry Level 4 Level 4 (2,825 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:57 PM (in response to gaggy)

    Select the application in the Finder and press Command-I "Information". There is the 64-bit option.

  • Blueberry Level 4 Level 4 (2,825 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:08 PM (in response to gaggy)

    The spec is fine and updating to the latest version might fix some of your issues and potentially others. Of course you are doing regular backups, in case something goes wrong, right?

  • QtheMusic Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 8:30 PM (in response to gaggy)

    Yes, your low memory is most likely a RAM issue. Logic 9.0 does not do 64bit. You would have to upgrade to 9.1.8 (I don't think there's a lesser option. I am running 9.1.6 and it's all working fine). If you still have only 4 gig of RAM, I'm not sure that 64 bit will make much difference. Maybe you are in a situation where every bit helps.


    Regarding running the external hard drive, you have specified what kind of drive, but not how you are going to access it, which I think is the major issue. Are you planning to run it USB? This is a bad option for audio.


    I upgraded the internal 5200 rpm 120 gig drive in my 2007 Macbook Pro to a 500 gig 7200 rom drive. I was offered a 750 gig and should have gone for it, but oh well. But there have been no problems. it runs much better than the original disk, and is definately fast enough for audio.


    What you could do then would be to keep your current projects on the internal drive, and back them up to USB drives, and pull them back to the internal drive if you need to revisit them later. That would work much better than trying to run audio from a USB 2.0 drive.


    Re upgarding RAM, this would always be a good idea, if you could do it. Especially if you want to have other apps open at the same time (Mail, Safari, Melodyne, etc). 8 gig you would certainly see a difference.


    But by the time you upgrade RAM in an older machine, and upgrade the drive, you may be part of the way towards a new machine.... And if so, you would want Thunderbolt external drives, wouldn't you?


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