Recently started receiving a "Low on space" warning, however, the memory is far from full. Any way this erroneous warning can be eliminated?
To which memory does this refer? If you open "My Device", what do you see as indicated for "System Memory" and what for "Storage" (available, that is, not total)?
What you need to do is dependent on where the problem lies.
Internal memory: 1.81 GB used, 1.24 GB free; SD card: 11.7 GB used, 3.16 GB free. In MyDevice, it indicates System memory: 155 MB, 141 MB used, 13 MB available, however it further indicates under Storage: "0% No SD Card available" - even though I have an SD card installed.
At first blush, I think it's the decreasing System Memory causing your notification. At 13 MB free, you're well in the zone at which the phone may no longer be receiving text messages (might want to check by send yourself one). Other weird behavior is certainly possible at these levels of free memory. Indeed, this may be the cause of your message saying "No SD card available" which I also reall seeing with mine (but then I got down to 5 MB or less ).
I'm going to try to suggest some possible ways to increase the System Memory that do not require you to do a Master Reset. A master reset can take a considerable amount of time to actually do and it seems we always forget to back up something (usernames/passwords/caches/data) that you're then going to have to laboriously work through on your own. Furthermore, if your GARMINfone has been unlocked, you'll have to redo the unlock stuff all over again. So, a Master Reset should be treated as a last resort.
But first, are you running Android 1.6 or Android 2.1? If you're running 2.1, when and how did you do the upgrade?
If you're now finding 15 to 25 MB free, you should be good to go. If not, then it's time for us to talk about a Master Reset.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the advice, however, it appears that the problem is simply that MyDevice was misreading the actual amount of internal memory available. Internal memory (when calculated & observed through other means), although showing only 13MB available in MyDevice, was actually 5-10 times that amount. For some, unknown reason, MyDevice was reading it as mostly used. A Master reset corrected the problem, and even MyDevice reads the internal memory correctly now. System memory: 155 MB total, 16 MB used, 138 MB available
No, what System Memory was telling you, before you did the Master Reset was correct. What you saw after doing the Master Reset is exactly what doug47 and I previously experienced. It's just that you've now wiped out all the user apps you'd installed and will now need to reinstall them. As you reinstall your apps (unless you were simply suffering from the residue of a lot of apps that you'd previously installed and subsequently deleted), you'll start to see the used System Memory start to creep up and the available System Memory slowly decrease (again, as both doug47 and I have previously documented).
Not sure exactly why so much garbage tends to accumulate in System memory but apparently the Memory Manager implemented in Android for the GARMINfone does a lousy job of avoiding the problem, regardless of what some would have you believe.
I think the latter is the case. Checking internal/system memory using a different app, revealed the true state of memory usage BEFORE I did the Master reset. MyDevice was simply reading the memory incorrectly (and may have been reading the memory which lingered after numerous apps were previously deleted over the past few months). It may be reading memory despite deletions, meaning, it is reading memory by ignoring deletions. The Garminfone software & hardware architecture are archaic - and were not designed to operate efficiently under Android v.2.1. Like I have been saying ever since I bought the Garminfone - it's a piece of ****!!!
jvmorris wrote: Not sure exactly why so much garbage tends to accumulate in System memory but apparently the Memory Manager implemented in Android for the GARMINfone does a lousy job of avoiding the problem, regardless of what some would have you believe.
If I were to guess, I would call it "memory leaks" as the routines seem to allocate memory, but do a poor job of deallocating it. Of course, I don't do Android programming, so I could be totally off.
The bottom line for me is removing apps does NOT seem to free up memory. The only way to free memory is to do a Master Reset. Looks like I will get to do that once every 6-12 months.
One thing I did find that actualy helped my memory situation is to "clean out" your e-mail. Now you can try & delete all the various messages, but I find that simply deleting your account (or in my case, accounts), and reentering them can free A LOT of memory. Email went from 20 MB to 1 MB when I did that today. My total memory use went from 34% to 21% instantly. Note, you have to reboot after deleting all your accounts.
Probably a good idea (for some readers) to point out that 'deleting' an e-mail doesn't really delete it; you have to 'empty the trash' in most deleted message folders to physically remove the messages.
I don't suppose anyone has rooted the Garminfone without loss of functionality? Curious whether doing so would solve the persistent memory issue.
I think you're going to need to ask in a forum not hosted by T-Mobile to find out about rooting the GARMINfone!
If you think about it, that makes sense.
For what it's worth, I've not yet run across anything about rooting the GARMINfone, but I have seen discussions and 'how-to' instructions on how to root other (and usually far more popular) Android phones.
I certainly wasn't expecting a response from a T-mobile rep - but I suppose I wouldn't be surprised to see suppression either.
You could inquire at the Android forum on DSL Reports, http://www.dslreports.com/forum/android, but I think I may well be the only GARMINfone user there.
On the other hand, they certainly allow discussions of rooting there.
jvmorris wrote: Probably a good idea (for some readers) to point out that 'deleting' an e-mail doesn't really delete it; you have to 'empty the trash' in most deleted message folders to physically remove the messages.
I ran into the problem that deleting messages put all of them in the trash, and then trying to delete ALL of the messages in the trash took a LONG time. It turns out to be quicker (for me, at least), to just delete my accounts now & then to free up the memory. With three different e-mail accounts (including my work account), I get A LOT of mail in a day.
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