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  • I am running Windows 7 on a 34-bit Toshiba Notebook. This error message appears every time I use Opera now. Why, after so many years of trouble-free browsing? I have plenty of memory, what is the problem?

  • You probably mean a 32-bit notebook. What Opera version is causing the problem and what was the last Opera version that worked properly? How long has the error problem been occurring? Depending on what you mean by "so many years", are you comparing with Opera 12 or earlier?

    When you state you have "plenty of memory", how much is that - both in terms of what you believe is physically installed and according to what Windows system information readout says is installed? (Memory chips have been known to fail and 'disappear' from functional use.)

  • Hi, I use the latest version of Opera, regularly checking for updates. The problem started about six months ago, intermittently but in the last few weeks is every time I am online. Windows Control panel tells me I have 2Gb of RAM installed.

  • @elpocito Do you have any extensions installed into Opera, and (if so), which ones?

    Try opening Opera to a single tab with few or no graphics; in Windows, open the Task Manager and see how much RAM Opera is consuming. With no user-installed extensions, it should be under 200 MB. If it's under that, use Windows Task Manager to see whether there are other apps consuming RAM (besides Task Manager itself). If Opera is using much more than 200 MB, within Opera, hit Shift-Esc to activate Opera's internal Task Manager to see where the RAM usage is occurring for Opera's own processes.

    Given that Win7 wants around 1 GB to run smoothly, you've got about 1 GB of your total RAM left to run everything else on your computer (apps, background utility programs, etc). If those other things combine to near or hit 1 GB of RAM consumption, your system and/or apps will slow or freeze. If your Opera installation has a corrupted user profile, too many extensions, many tabs open (especially graphics/Flash/animation-rich ones), etc., it can conceivably be hitting your available RAM limit.

  • No extensions. I opened the Opera Task Manager and there's about 700Mb of activity there with just Yahoo Mail open in one tab, so I see what you mean about reaching my limit on RAM, will have to upgrade the notebook (nine years old) for something more appropriate. Thanks for your help and clear explanation, much appreciated.

  • There are some advices to reduce and clean Ram on Opera and Windows.

    Ask if interested.

    "Off topic Tip"
    Follow the Signature's BackUp | Reset link.
    Take the opportunity to start a Backup plan, even create a Template Profile.

    SyncBack | Synkron helps.

    Windows 7 (x64)
    Opera Test profile | Opera Back up | Reset

  • @elpocito said in Run Out Of Memory:

    No extensions. I opened the Opera Task Manager and there's about 700Mb of activity there with just Yahoo Mail open in one tab,...

    Hmm. 700 MB seems quite high for having only Yahoo Mail open (unless you have massive amounts of eMails visible). On my system, a Yahoo Mail logged-in tab process itself runs around only 100 MB, with the whole browser only using a little over 200 MB. For some reason, your Opera installation seems to be running very high on memory usage.

    You might first try clearing Opera's cache and history elements from within Opera via: Settings > Advanced > Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data > Time range: all time, then check all boxes shown except Passwords and Autofill data > Clear data. That may reduce Opera's memory consumption significantly if there is something massive stored in cache or history.

    If that approach fails to reduce memory consumption, you could then try "resetting" Opera's profile by opening Opera to locate and copy down the file/folder path of your profile folder (Opera icon > Help > About Opera > Paths: Profile:, then turn off Opera's sync (if it's on). Next, with Opera turned off, use your Windows file explorer to navigate to that profile folder and rename it to something else (eg: rename Opera Stable to XXXOpera Stable). Then once more open Opera (which will automatically recreate the profile folder and files with its original name but default-condition files and settings); then see if Opera's memory consumption is signficantly reduced. Note: the newly-created profile will not have your customized settings, bookmarks, etc., but it will eliminate any corrupted files within the profile as a test case; you can always regain your original profile by turning Opera off, deleting the newly-created profile folder name and re-renaming the XXX... folder back to its original name. If the original profile has been corrupted, one can try copying specific customization files (bookmarks, preferences, etc) one-at-a-time from the original renamed profile folder to the newly-created one to retrieve as much of your original settings, etc as possible (always keeping Opera turned off when copying profile folders/files).

  • @elpocito blackbird71 is spot on !.. i doubt you've ever done this in the past.. but are ya run 'n win 7 w/o a pagefile.. *just curious..

  • Opera's battery saver feature is known to cause low memory/out of memory issues. Make sure it's turned off.

  • @blackbird71
    The path for the profile is c:\Users\netbook\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable. I tried file explorer but it couldn't find it. I then tried going backwards through each folder, got as far as "netbook' but there is folder called AppData.

  • @burnout426
    Thanks, it was on, turned it off.

  • @nvmjustagirl
    Have no idea what a "page file" is, certainly have changed anything.

  • @elpocito
    Oops, meant to say there is no folder called "AppData". Could it be hidden? I tried to create one with that name and it said it was already in use, way back to 2011.

  • @elpocito It's hidden by default as far as I know.

  • @elpocito In your user account's Windows file explorer's menu: Select View > select Options > in the popup: select View > Under "Hidden files and folders", enable "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" > OK. This will allow file explorer to show hidden files on the computer.

    FYI: An "AppData" folder is auto-created by Windows for each user account on the computer and is already assigned and in use at the user account level. It contains a variety of subfolders in which various Windows and apps program data is stored that is unique to each user account.

    A "page file' is the term for when Windows detects RAM usage is nearing maximum, it will copy a block of that RAM memory to a set-aside portion of the hard-drive and release the block's former RAM space for use by programs; also called "swap file" or "virtual memory", Windows will swap data back and forth between RAM and the page file to reduce RAM overflow - however, because it involves significant hard drive read/write operation, it slows down a system greatly when invoked; the page file size can be set by the user but is otherwise defaulted by Windows to a percentage of the RAM or disk size; if/when the combined RAM memory space and the established page file space is exceeded by usage, the computer will usually give an error message, freeze, or blue-screen (depending on what gets jammed up first).

  • @blackbird71
    Okay. Done everything. Usage is now 244Mb with just the Opera settings tab open. Is that within acceptable limits?

  • @elpocito said in Run Out Of Memory:

    Okay. Done everything. Usage is now 244Mb with just the Opera settings tab open. Is that within acceptable limits?

    By "Done everything", what do you refer to? The 244 Mb with only the Settings tab open seems high; I'm seeing around 135 Mb under the same condition (and with no Opera extensions). Have you deleted Opera's cache, history, etc.?

  • @elpocito do not worry about the pagefile thingy.. you are good to go on that.. if things don't work right, it will be the last thing checked for now..

    when ya get time can ya follow up with blackbird71 last post.. *thankyou..

  • @blackbird71
    ...I think so, I usually do it as a matter of course whenever I finish, but not totally sure this time. Right now the notebook is updating, I will try again tomorrow and get back to you.

  • @blackbird71
    Okay, with history deleted and just the settings tab, this is what Opera Task Manager is showing:
    BROWSER 38,172KB
    GPU PROCESS 17,740KB
    TAB: SPEED DIAL 23,620KB
    TAB: SETTINGS 46,228KB