Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to sb3000)
Those errors typically mean that the hard drive is full or that the computer could not create a swap file for some other reason. Try booting in recovery mode (or booting from an OS install disc) and running Disk Utility to check your boot volume for errors.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2012 8:33 AM (in response to cozar)
Thank you, David and cozar. I restarted in recovery mode and ran Disk Utility, but the boot volume is fine--no problems at all. What is more promising is that I ejected my external drive (backup and archive, connected via USB 2). That seemed to reduce the memory pressure. So my guess it was either Spotlight indexing the external drive, or Time Machine trying to back up to it, or Backblaze trying to back up from it, that was the problem. I'll post more if I learn anything else. Thanks again for the help.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 12, 2012 9:55 AM (in response to sb3000)
I'm pretty sure it's Backblaze. I have a retinaMBPro with Mountain Lion and 16 gigs of RAM, using very little of the CPU with only a few apps running, and I started getting the same message within minutes of updating Backblaze (to 184.108.40.2068). Activity monitor shows that about 80% of the CPU is free, and iStatPro confirms that about 80% is idle. I've contacted Backblaze and am waiting for a response.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 27, 2012 1:52 AM (in response to sb3000)
I have an iMac 27" with 8 Gb of RAM and 2T of HD, 940 Gb free, and get this message even after a clean install of Mountain Lion. The disk was fine with Disk Utility before install, and still is. The machin is very slow, and I can hear a lot of disk activity.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2012 10:00 PM (in response to sb3000)
I am having the exact same issue on my brand new retina macbook. Left alone, the machine slows to a crawl and finally seizes up. I have 16 gigs of ram and plenty of free drive space. Apple support walked me through emptying caches, running disc utility and finally reinstalling mountain lion. I took it in to the store and they ran hardware diagnostics- everything checks out. Its a software issue, they say.
The weird thing is that I have a non retina macbook Pro at work, and I'm getting the same thing- spinning beachballs until the machine seizes up. The only difference is that the non retina machine doesn't get the "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory." alerts.
Looking at activity monitor, I see three processes that start running away:
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 9:53 AM (in response to Fred Kahl)
The kernel and default pager are going crazy because some process is using too much memory, and it is having to use disk space (virtual memory) as RAM to keep the app running. In all likelihood, the misbehaving process is imagent. See the following thread for more info:
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to SecurityCatalyst)
In the end, I found that the problem wasn't Backblaze, at least in my case (they also said it wasn't). I think that it was Calendar and the delegated calendars of our Exchange Server. It seemed to be hoarding GBs of RAM somehow. Once I deleted all the delegates the problem went away. And it hasn't been a problem since I re-accessed those delegated calendars.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2012 11:57 PM (in response to sb3000)
Hi, just another report on this saga. I have a MacBook Pro retina under ML 10.8.2. The problem of "OSX startup disk has no more ...." irritatet me for some time and Apple Assistance did not a winning answer. After various attempts and re-installation of ML (no effect) I looked at Activity Monitor and discovered that the Dashboard was driving the VM up to 724GB and the Swap to 59GB. I then searched for indication of this problem and found an entry which did mention the issue and suggested how to take Dashboard down temporarily (actually it did take it off the air permanently!.
However, since then the VM in my case staid at a reasonable 300GB odd and I have not seen the warning again.
It may be that the cause is an old widget, but I have not yet investigated which one might be the sinner, for that I need to recover Dashboard (probable another reinstallation).
I just thought that this might be interesting for some of you, though probably there are several causes, which lead to this strange behaviour. Hopefully this will go away in the next update?!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2012 12:31 AM (in response to RPOH)
I found out my problems were due to CalendarAgent, see https://discussions.apple.com/message/19125367#19125367 and
That fixed my problems.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to sb3000)
My problem is slightly different than you guys' - in my case, if I leave my MacBook Pro (summer 2012, 8GB RAM, 750GB hd, with 412GB available) up and running for more than 2-3 few days it gradually crawls to a halt, with many GB of page outs, no free memory, and bztransmit using massive amounts of virtual memory. It doesn't seem to matter how much content is being backed up either - at the time I took this screenshot, Backblaze was fully backed up, and had been for a few days. I never get the "out of memory" error that you guys are seeing, though - the machine just becomes highly unresponsive (talking like 30+ seconds to open a tab in Safari, or switch between apps - that sort of thing).