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Old 04-30-2007, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi - I'm still relatively new to the BB world and I've been trying to figure something out:

On WM5, I could access memory/storage settings and see how much memory I was using for both programs AND storage. In other words, if I was running a web browser, google maps, contacts, and windows media player at the same time, the memory bar would show a higher level. So when I shut those programs down, the memory indicator would show more free memory. It was an easy way for me to judge when/why the phone was reaching its limits. Also I could adjust where to allocate more space - in program memory or free storage.

WM5 didn't actually shut down the programs when you exited out of them, they were always running in the background until you forced them to close with an app manager. You could choose 'shut down all' or select which ones to close. Or you could download a program that closed them for you when you quit.

So my questions are:
How does BB work in terms of memory management? Does the BB automatically shut programs down? I noticed that when I hit the end key instead of closing a program with the menu selection, it keeps it running.

Does the escape key shut down programs?

Is the 'switch application' option from the homescreen menu a complete list of apps running? Is it the only way to see which apps are running? Also BB messenger seems to keep running in the background and I can't make it quit - is this normal?

Is 'status' under settings the only way to see how much memory is being used? It doesn't seem to update when i open a lot of programs simultaneously.

Is there a one step way to shut down all programs running in the background?

I'm open to hear any other explanations of how my 8800 manages memory. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-30-2007, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ALT - ESCAPE will show you which programs are running in the background.

Choose Close or Exit from a program if intend to truly close it. The escape key does that too, for most. Hitting the red "end call" key will only hide the running app, as you stated.

You will normally see at least 4-5 programs running all the time on your BB, (homepage, messages, phone, browser, BB Messenger) and others according to what other third party apps you have loaded.

I know that doesn't answer all your questions, but it's a start.
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Hi JSanders-thanks for the information. Are there programs, like BB Messanger, that are always running?
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I know that doesn't answer all your questions, but it's a start.
Thanks - I appreciate your help!
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Hi JSanders-thanks for the information. Are there programs, like BB Messanger, that are always running?
Yep, did you read my detailed and obviously boring post just above your question?
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Ugh--yes. Misread. Thanks again.
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lol, no prob. I can be wordy, but that was one of my clearer posts!
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I'm interested in hearing the verdict on this one too. Anyone know?
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I'm interested in hearing the verdict on this one too. Anyone know?
On which question? There were many.
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Is there a one step way to shut down all programs running in the background?
whoops sorry the responses are confusing me... it was this one ^^^
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No, other than pulling your battery or doing a soft reset. Otherwise, one-by-one.
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Wirelessly posted (8100: BlackBerry8100/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Yup that's what I'd figured, never hurts to ask though.
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Not to mention, with a BB, you dont have to worry about memory management, as the BB OS is not as bloated as WM. You can have 7 or more apps open and in background, and no issue. WM? Slow, crash, or throw against the wall. No comparison. Very curious to see how IPhone works too. Since it is OSX, and OSX can run for months without rebooting, then I am very confident that the IPhone can probably run for months before it would need a reboot.
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