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I've been finding that my Vario is sometimes freezing completely. I'm sure it's due to a lack of memory on the device when a program is trying to do something complicated.

For example, I edited a dozen or more category icons in one go in PocketBreeze this morning. This caused the Vario to lock up.

On my Vario I have the following installed and running most of the time:

Pocket Informant 2005 Rev 4 Release Candidate

PocketBreeze 5.0.01a Test Build

PocketWeather 1.2.1

SmallMenuPlus 3.17

My Today screen has the following items on it:

Date

Messaging

PocketBreeze with 6 tabs (Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Special Events, PocketWeather (2 locations), Device Lock)

I'm currently running a test on it to see what happens when I leave the phone alone with my most commonly used program open after a couple of minutes of switching between them. My phone currently has 17.60 MB of free program memory. I'm going to leave it alone for a bit then see how much it has free.

I'd be interested to know other people's memory usage on their Wizards.

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Yeah, this has happened to me a few of times. Only a few of times, mind. Pressing the power button, to go stand-by has helped if it didn't wake-up after a few moments by itself. Have had to soft-reset a couple of times too.

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My Vario locked up at about 2pm. Admittedly I had been testing Virtual Pool then Age of Empires whilst connected to my PC and with messages and PocketInformant open at the same time. I guess I need to know the limits of what I can run at one time.

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My Vario locked up at about 2pm. Admittedly I had been testing Virtual Pool then Age of Empires whilst connected to my PC and with messages and PocketInformant open at the same time. I guess I need to know the limits of what I can run at one time.

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And that's ALL you were running when it locked up :)

My C500 used to lock up if I ran too much. So I soon got in the habit of doing a shut down on running programs, via a util someone here had created.

I guess with the Wizard, though, it's more like a mini laptop, so our expectations may have been raised, somewhat. Maybe, at the moment, we (and when I say we, I mean you in particular in this case) our testing the limits of what they can do, at the moment. Maybe we need to lower the expectation level slightly? :D

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I've not had this problem yet...but then, when I had my SP3i I got into the habit of closing apps completely (via task manager) when I'd done using them - I even set up task manager as a speed dial!

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I'm currently running a test on it to see what happens when I leave the phone alone with my most commonly used program open after a couple of minutes of switching between them.  My phone currently has 17.60 MB of free program memory. I'm going to leave it alone for a bit then see how much it has free.

I'd be interested to know other people's memory usage on their Wizards.

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How are you actually testing the memory usage of your Wizard? I thought that was a bit strange that the 'Running Programs' settings menu doesn't give any indication of memory being used.

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How are you actually testing the memory usage of your Wizard? I thought that was a bit strange that the 'Running Programs' settings menu doesn't give any indication of memory being used.

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If you go to Settings > Memory and click on the Main tab you can see the free Program memory on the phone. This is the free RAM on the phone for running applications. I've found mine usually sits at about 16 MB free with the programs I usually have running.

I guess with the Wizard, though, it's more like a mini laptop, so our expectations may have been raised, somewhat. Maybe, at the moment, we (and when I say we, I mean you in particular in this case) our testing the limits of what they can do, at the moment. Maybe we need to lower the expectation level slightly?

That's exactly what I'm trying to do, get to know the limits of the Wizard. Hopefully other people will do the same so we can work out what can and can't be run on the phone.

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