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A friend has an old Powerbook 150 and has just bought a fancy new Epson printer to go with it.
After installing the printer driver, we found that we kept getting a not enought memory error when we tried to print.
We have closed all other applications and we have tried printing a very simple document but to no avail.
Do we have no choice but to buy more memory for the computer?

Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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Look which OS version you have. For a new driver use at least 7.6 or better 8. Some drivers don't work with old OS versions.
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If background printing is on, check the memory allocation for the printmonitor application (I'm not sure if it's involved with printing to an epson, I'd have to check when I get home) In any case, printmonitor defaults to something like 120k or 160k, and can do really bad things when it's short of memory. 240k or 320k would probably be more than sufficient.
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by:lief
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It might not be a RAM allocation problem, when the printed file is spooled, it sometimes is spooled to the Hard Drive. Make sure that there is enough space on your HD before you print.

It you are sure that it is a Ram problem, try booting with only the necessary extensions loaded to print your file, that will free up some ram.

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by:lex030997
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I turned background printing off and it now works with short files.
The "not enough memory" problem occurs when I try to print something big like a photo.

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