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    MacBook Pro can't handle 5 apps at once?
    I use a new (as of July '11) MacBook Pro with OSX Lion. Can anyone help me understand why a Force Close box is prompted when I run Finder, Safari, Pages, Rockmelt and Spotify at once? My old MacBook seemed to handle much more than this just fine.

    "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory."

    I have a hard time believing I've overloaded it already.

    Thanks in advance for any tips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by keaton View Post

    "Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory."
    Sounds to me that your hard drive is too full!

    The Mac OS needs a certain amount of "swap file space" on the hard drive...and your hard drive doesn't have enough free space for the computer to run properly.

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    How much RAM (Memory) does your MBP have? Also like Nick asked, how full is your hard drive?

    I run 15 apps at the same time here with 4GB RAM. Never one issue with Lion.

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    Wanna bet it's been doing the backup to local drive for a while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Wanna bet it's been doing the backup to local drive for a while?
    Yeah...that would certainly fill up a HD pretty fast. Be a real (<slaps head>) bummer if the HD crashed...and the backup was on there!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post

    I run 15 apps at the same time here with 4GB RAM. Never one issue with Lion.
    WOW...15 apps. at the same time...you're a WILD MAN!

    I hope a lot of those are small apps (low ram needs)...otherwise I would think that 4 gig of ram would be getting kinda thin with 15 apps. open!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    This new Time Machine method of backing up to the internal HD when the external HD is not attached will suck up drive space very fast. I've gotten into the habit of turning off the Automatic Backup feature of Time Machine since I don't keep the external attached at all times.

    However, new users and users who are not aware of this new "feature" will easily run into the same problem as the OP - if they don't keep the TM external drive attached. I think Apple should have an option in the Time Machine preferences to turn this "feature" on or off. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    WOW...15 apps. at the same time...you're a WILD MAN!

    I hope a lot of those are small apps (low ram needs)...otherwise I would think that 4 gig of ram would be getting kinda thin with 15 apps. open!

    - Nick

    Chat clients, editors, Weather apps, Twitter, Bible app. Most take very little RAM. Nothing the OP has open really takes that much either.

    Only issue lately with RAM is Safari 5.1. It used to only go up to say 1GB. Just lately (since the 10.7.1 update I have caught it at 2GB RAM! They need to do something with that! It was no where near this bad before that last update here.

    chscag, VERY GOOD POINT. I still have not gotten used to that new feature. Thanks for the reminder. I bet a lot of Lion users do not know what is going on and leave TM going all the time.

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    Regarding the Time Machine backup feature with Lion. Seems sort of strange that it would have an auto backup onto the internal drive. To me...the main point of a backup...is a user has an external backup if the primary HD crashes/dies.

    But then again...any backup is better than no backup...in case someone just accidentally deletes, over-writes, or modifies a file (and we're not talking about a hard drive crashing).

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Windows has been doing this sort of semi-backup for years. All it really does is protect from accidental file erasure or altering. Either way, were I using Lion.. I'd turn it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Windows has been doing this sort of semi-backup for years. All it really does is protect from accidental file erasure or altering. Either way, were I using Lion.. I'd turn it off.
    That's a great way of putting it..."semi-backup"!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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