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Old 01-30-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Angry Disc Memory Full

My laptop is refusing to log me in and keeps telling me that the memory space if full what should I do? there are hardly any linux users in my area who can use my hard disc on their machines just to create some space. please advise
Old 01-30-2008, 10:07 AM   #2
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you can log in or boot the PC with a linux livecd like Linux Mint, Mepis or your initial livecd and try burning some of your datas to a DVD from an external burning device besides your CDROM OR

Move a few datas to a connected flash drive or USB storage device.

- Another solution sometimes is to boot into the recovery mode of the OS. What OS are you running or distro? Do u have the livecd? Have you tried posting on your distor's forums.

Answer should be fast.
Old 01-30-2008, 10:10 AM   #3
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Please post the exact error message. Does it refer to RAM or disk space? Which Linux are you using, what are the specs of the machine, which login manager are you using?

Old 01-30-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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here is the real problem Linux is supposed to keep you from getting to full to have this happen unless you have some hardware like mine one of my cdroms was broken and linux kept makeing a log of it till the log was so dang big I couldnt log into my desktop. not enough memory. I had to go in and delete the 8 gig log file and then disable the device in my /etc/fstab file. the other time this happened was a ram chip got loose and the system booted to a propt but would not run the gui. the third time was from a bad ram chip. so on your boot up look to see if it is loading all your ram. go in to setup and check that it is seeing all your ram if you are running only one chip then the problem is the hard drive because a one chip ram failure will only make the computer go beep beep beep and never get anything to work
Old 01-30-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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My suggestion: Wait till it refuses to let you login.
Open a terminal with <CTRL><ALT><F1>
Login as root
Root should be able to login, as it is allocated some extra disk space just in case this happens.
Delete unnecessary stuff.
Old 01-30-2008, 01:10 PM   #6
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While logged in as root, if this is indeed a harddrive space issue, run the 'df -h' command to see how full your partitions are; that may give you a hint as to from where items should be deleted.
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Talking Memory Full

Thank you guys for your contributions, I took them on board and it has worked. Once again, my appreciation


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