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Error - Pop-up Message (iMac)

by granadab / March 4, 2005 1:08 AM PST

MY OS is 9.1(iMac) I have repeated error messages poping up saying."Not enough memory to open the plugin' Shockwave Flash NP-PPC'. Alloting more memory to Internet Explorer may help. How do I do that? I'm a novice,so could you baby-step me through the process.

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Allocating Memory
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 4, 2005 3:30 AM PST

To allocate more memory to Internet Explorer (IE) do the following:
Open the Hard Drive and find the actual IE application. This is NOT the alias on your desk top. The icon is a Blue E. Once you have found the application, SINGLE click on it to select it. No double-clicking! Hold down the Apple Key (the one next to the keyboard) and press the "I" key. This will bring up an Info window for the application. It defaults to General Information but by clicking on the arrows at the end of that line, you can select Memory. You should then see three lines of numbers. Suggested Size, Minimum Size and Preferred Size. This last one is the one that concerns you. It is probably set to something a little above the Suggested size. Try setting it to something like 12000K and then close the window. Launch IE and go to the site that gives you the error message. If you get the error message again, quit and change the first 2 numbers to 14 and try again. Beware, you are allocating memory from a limited supply. If you only have a small amount of memory to begin with, you will not be able to allocate a large amount to IE. Check under the apple menu, About this computer, to see how much memory you have BUILT-IN. Subtract from that number, the amount that the system is using and what you have left is how much you can play with. Do not allocate ALL your available memory to IE, the system will crash.
Let us know how you get on

Hope this helps


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Moved Post
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 18, 2005 1:52 AM PST
In reply to: Allocating Memory

Hi MrMacFixit. I think I was guilty of not giving enough information with my first post(above-Subject) So when I wrote again and did give you more info, I haven't found an answer so I'm wondering if I may repeat and hopefully you can tell me what I should do. I had someone trying to help me before I contacted you and so when I went into my hard drive to find suggested size, etc. This is what I found. Suggested Size was:8192,Minimum size8192,Preferred Size 10240. You said to make that one 12000, but I didn't do it before I gave you this information. I do really appreciate your help and thank you for responding to my first query. Also I have
Built-in Memory 64MB,Virtual Memory 136MB used on +++, Largest Unused Block 97.4 ,MacOS9.1, MacOS ROM 7.0.1 Can you help? I would appreciate any further help you can give. Best Regards Granadab

Posted by: granadab Posted on: 03/18/2005 9:22 AM

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 18, 2005 2:03 AM PST
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I'm not sure where you are posting your replies but it does not seem to be in the same place as you posted your question. I got this one from another post and moved it.
So, did you change the memory allocation for IE?
Next, you need MORE physical memory in your machine. 64 MB is NOT anywhere near enough to do much with anything. Take a look at or get the physical memory up to 128MB at least.
Your Virtual Memory is also set way to high. Go to the Memory control panel and hit the Default button. Virtual Memory should be 1MB above your physical memory. In your case, 65MB. Setting it higher will slow the machine down and cause problems.
If you are still getting the Flash error, try moving the preferred size to 17000 and see if that helps.

Let me know


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That pop-up message no longer pops up!
by granadab / March 24, 2005 3:31 AM PST
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Thank you so much MrMacFixit. I will go to the 2 sites you have mentioned and will address that problem of getting more physical memory. I reduced the virtual memory to 65MB and increased the preferred size to 17000 and I no longer get that pop-up message. The only one that still pops up is this one"A script error occurred. Some scripts on the affected page may not work correctly" So it asks me if I wish to continue and I click "Yes" and everything seems to work fine, even though that message keeps popping up. I did not mention that in my original query because I wanted to solve my problem with one thing at a time. Thanks again so much for your help

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Script Error
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 24, 2005 3:35 AM PST

Glad to be able to help.
The script error thing is almost certainly due to your use of an "older" version of IE. Check to see if you are using Version 5.x If you are not, then you can download it from the M$ site, it's free, and that should just about get rid of all your error messages


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