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    just a question about flash memory

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    This whole flash memory thing is a little confusing to me...I see people saying how they delete emails or call logs and it frees up some memory. Then I see people saying to exit out of programs to free memory up. Wouldn't these two separate functions use different kinds of memory? I guess the easiest way for me to explain my confusion is to use a PC as an example. When you save an mp3 file it uses your hard drive memory. And when you open a program it uses the RAM on your PC. Two separate entities.

    Is it fair to say that flash memory humors both?

    Sorry if this is a rookie question, I'm just not getting the whole picture here. Thanks in advance

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    you only have so much onboard memory on your Blackberry
    To check yours go to options > status
    you'll see total memory and available memory. This is what open applications will affect and so forth.

    On your 8820, I would advise buying a MicroSD card to save MP3, videos, and pics on.
    they are pretty cheap nowadays (1gig starts at 12 bucks if you go to the right place)
    I think your device supports up to either an 8 or 12 gig card (i could be wrong on that however)
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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    On a portable device like a cell phone there is no hard drive internal to the unit. The closest thing you would find to a hard drive is the addition of a memory card. All software and information that is stored on your phone (if you do not have a memory card) is stored in the unit's flash memory. That memory is also used for running applications. This is mainly done due to limitations on size and speed of access. If you are using a memory card you can store photos, videos, documents, etc. on the memory card instead of internally on the phone but applications, logs, and address book are still stored in the phone because of speed and reliability. There was some software available for Palm Treo's that would allow you to fool the unit into using the memory card for application storage but I have not seen anything like that out for Blackberry's.

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~The only reason I ask is because I only have approximately 14mb free memory. I have noticed that a lot of people have more free memory. I have read on the forum that people delete applications from their phone to free up memory, which is the confusing part. If the app is not running, it's still using flash?

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ Also, is there a way to detect which apps are running at any given time?

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    In answer to your first question, yes as long as the application is installed it is using flash memory. The reason for this is that (as you deduced in your op) the flash memory in a phone serves a dual purpose and performs the same functions as both a hard drive and RAM in a computer. It not only stores the software needed to run the application but also serves as the memory location for when the application is running.

    There is a method for finding out what applications are running but I can't remember the exact method on a pearl or curve. On an 8700 you find out by pressing the Alt-Escape keys and it will pull up a list of applications currently running. You then scroll through them to the ones you want to exit and use the normal exit procedure for that application.

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ Amigotek, thank you for the response...it is exactly what I was looking for, to find out if the flash was acting as both...I will research the command used to pull up all running apps. Thanks again

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~it was as simple as hitting menu twice to see all running apps haha. Easy enough!

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    Re: just a question about flash memory

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    Best thing to keep a phone running smooth is to always reduce clutter. Delete emails you don't need, take away unused programs and take your battery out now and then. A hard reset can halp a phone recover cached data and run quicker. Save all you can onto the memory card, the less you have on the phone itself the better.

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