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Not Enough Memory to Print
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Sep 1, 2003, 12:35 AM
I recently inherited an older Mac G3 All-in-One and personal laserwriter. The printer is in fantastic working order, so I've decided to keep the AIO and use it as a print server for all of the .PDF documents that I print on a daily basis. The All-in-One is a 233 mhz G3 running OS 9.2.2 with 640 MB of built in RAM. I am having difficulty printing with Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1. Everytime I try to print, I get an error stating there isn't enough memory available and to quit other active programs. I've quit all other programs, increased the amount of memory available to Acrobat via the Get Info > Memory window all to no avail. I've also increased the memory available to the Desktop printer. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make this older Mac sing again? All I want to be able to do is print PDF's reliably.
Thank you for your suggestions.
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Sep 3, 2003, 10:10 AM
1.Try toggling the virtual memory on and of so see what works

2. Do you have enough hard disk space and is he HD OK?

3. I have a weak recollection of some printing problem years ago with to much memory The solution was to either remove RAM or have a lot of applications running to take up RAM.

4. Could it be the memory of the printer that is runing out not the memory of the computer? The personal Laser Writer SC and Laser Writer LS only had 1 MB RAM and the Laser Writer NT. A low end printer from 1990 really was not meant for fancy PDFs. This was the time before OS 7 even. Think of the SE/30 with 25 MHz as a power house with 9" B&W monitor
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