10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2010 4:13 PM by AlbaMac
gasaxeman Level 1 (0 points)
I get this message on occasion now. The Message, "Your Mac OSX start up disk has no more space available for application memory".
I have a 1 TB HD ,799GB Available, 220GB Used. Running 10.6.2 OSX.
I have tried Onyx, repairing permissions in the disc utility, and the problem goes a way for a while but will pop up if I start running multiple apps.Rebooting seems to cure this problem for a while.
Looking for answers.
thanks,

*I did try the suggestion from another user below. Did not help*

+Try booting fron your install disc. The startup disk may need repairs.+

+Insert your install disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.+
+Go to Installer menu and launch Disk Utility.+
+Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.+
+Select First Aid in the Main panel.+
+(Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)+
+Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.+
+If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.+
+If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.+
+When you are finished with DU, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Startup Manager.+
+Select your start up disk and click Restart+

+While you have the Disk Utility window open, look at the bottom of the window. Where you see Capacity and Available. Make sure there is always 10% to 15% free disk space+

+If you cannot boot from your install disc, try booting in Safe Mode+

iMac 27'' 3.06Ghz,4GB RAM, 1TB Drive, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    gasaxeman wrote:
    I get this message on occasion now. The Message, "Your Mac OSX start up disk has no more space available for application memory".
    I have a 1 TB HD ,799GB Available, 220GB Used. Running 10.6.2 OSX.


    The term "application memory" would presumably mean RAM, not disk space, although with virtual memory the line between the two is a little blurry.

    Can you tell what component is issuing that message?

    I'd launch the Activity Monitor utility and select the "System Memory" tab at the bottom. What values do you see?
  • gasaxeman Level 1 (0 points)
    Free 130 mb
    Wired 743mb
    active 2.23GB
    inactive 9.44mb
    used 3.88GB
    VM size 198.83GB
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    gasaxeman wrote:
    Free 130 mb


    That's a rather low value, which is probably related to the problem. What applications were running at the time? Can you tell if that value changes only when you launch more applications or decreases as time passes without launching more applications or opening more files? If the latter, something you're running may have a "memory leak".
  • gasaxeman Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using firefox, This seems to be the program that triggers the warning
    shows 394mb right now but i have seen much higher #'s.
    Could this be the problem?
    Thanks.
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    gasaxeman wrote:
    I am using firefox, This seems to be the program that triggers the warning
    shows 394mb right now but i have seen much higher #'s.
    Could this be the problem?


    It's hard to tell without more information.

    I'd monitor those memory values as you continue to use the computer. Eventually you may spot a pattern.
  • gasaxeman Level 1 (0 points)
    would removing files from "start-up disk" Help? If so how do I go about doing that?
    Thanks
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    gasaxeman wrote:
    would removing files from "start-up disk" Help?


    Not much, unless your disk has very little free space available. Using a Mac with less than 10% free space (some would recommend more) is asking for trouble.
  • rpw198 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have exactly the same problem running 10.6.3. My activity monitor shows

    free 16.8MB
    Wired 606.0MB
    Active 2.27 GB
    Inactive 1.12GB
    Used 3.98 GB

    I only have finder and safari open. This is driving me nuts! Rebooting fixes the problem but never for long.
  • rpw198 Level 1 (0 points)
    Interestingly, I viewed all processes with the above memory usage, and process involving pdf's was using several gigs of memory. I shut that down and my figures are back to 3.12 GB free.

    I wonder if the last update of software has let in this bug?
  • AlbaMac Level 1 (0 points)
    Had same issue on customer's new iMac 24" this morning. Memory processes on activity monitor showed only 130.6 MB free out of 4GB physical with only Safari and activity monitor running!! No single process showed out of the ordinary memory use but totals showed 1 GB Wired and 2.06GB Active - ***?
    Started client computer up in Target Disk Mode, hooked it up to my Macbook Pro and run Disk Warrior which found plenty of errors - not sure which specifically was the issue but, rebooted iMac and Bingo - all clear - all usage patters back to normal.

    Disk Warrior is something everyone with a Mac should have in their house. Starting this iMac up using the DW disk would have given the same result so you don't need another Mac to make it happen, incidentally.