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    Lightbulb Tip: Memory Cleaner to cut down on battery pulls

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    We all know that the BlackBerry's memory tends to get clogged up, eventually requiring a battery pull. However, a lot of people don't know that there's a way to get the BB to clear out the memory on it's own. It's called Memory Cleaner, and it will clean out the junk that clogs up the RAM. You need a password and content protection enabled. Here's how to set it up:

    1) Set a password
    * Go to Options->Security->General Settings
    * Click Password, change to Enabled, set timeout to preference
    * Click Content Protection, change to Enabled
    * Save changes, set your password
    * Note: You may want to set Desktop Manager to automatically do backups in case you forget your password

    2) Enable Memory Cleaning
    * Go back to home screen if already in Options
    * Go to Options->Security->Memory Cleaning
    * Click Memory Cleaning, change to Enabled
    * Change timeout to preference
    * Save changes

    When Memory Cleaner runs (at your timeout, or manually) it will clean up the BlackBerry's cache and other unnecessary data, freeing up precious RAM.

    EDIT: sddspence and myself found that, while 4.3 and up will let you enable the memory cleaner without a password, it will disable itself upon a battery pull.
    Last edited by ConstantineXVI; 05-28-2008 at 01:53 PM. Reason: New information

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    Thanks for the tip~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    thanks! this is cool.

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    but weill that delete messages and call logs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcbbanga4l View Post
    but weill that delete messages and call logs?
    No, your call logs and messages will stay.

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    i seemed to save a few mbs but saved more on a battery pull...

    i also added the icon to the home screen but it went away when i did the battery pull...why would that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sddspence View Post
    i seemed to save a few mbs but saved more on a battery pull...

    i also added the icon to the home screen but it went away when i did the battery pull...why would that happen?
    AFAIK, this isin't a complete cure-all, but it's still better than simply waiting on our BBs to choke themselves to death.

    EDIT: Tested on my 8100 with 4.5.0.37, and found that the Memory Cleaner disables itself after a pull if you don't have a password set. I also found that the same happens on a simulated 8130 running 4.3. I'm changing the OP to reflect this new information.
    Last edited by ConstantineXVI; 05-28-2008 at 01:48 PM.

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    That's a great tip!!~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Memory Cleaning

    Thanks it works great on my 8830.

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    Thanks! Super info
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    in a correction to the OP you don NOT need content protection enabled either. i have an 8130 and an 8330 and only have a device password set and memory cleaner is enabled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic View Post
    in a correction to the OP you don NOT need content protection enabled either. i have an 8130 and an 8330 and only have a device password set and memory cleaner is enabled.
    Re-read my note at the bottom. Even though you can enable it, it turns itself off after a battery pull

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    yea thats actually a glitch on the OS, i have spoken to RIM about that issue and they said its a known issue that will be fixed in a future release.
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    I tried to find options -> security -> memory cleaning, but I don't see anything called "memory cleaning.". I'm an 8830.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maroon View Post
    I tried to find options -> security -> memory cleaning, but I don't see anything called "memory cleaning.". I'm an 8830.

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    The 8830 runs 4.2, and it's necessary to have a password and content protection enabled to get the memory cleaner in 4.2 at all. Seee Step 1 for how to do that.

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