Avoiding Out of Memory crashes

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: All

Using the 32-bit version of Live 

Out of Memory crashes or errors are more likely if you work with the 32-bit version of Live because it can only utilize a maximum of 4GB of RAM. Because of the overhead of the operating system and other system components, 32-bit applications have a practical memory limit that is somewhat lower; usually between two and three gigabytes. 

In previous years, computers had considerably less physical memory than the 32-bit limit. In order to make it possible to use applications with large memory requirements, operating systems would frequently swap data between the (fast) physical memory and the (much slower) hard drive. As memory usage increased, performance would decrease so severely that the user would never actually approach the 32-bit limit.

Due to the increased availability of 64-bit operating systems and inexpensive RAM, modern computers now often have more physical memory available than the 32-bit limit. As a result, data is rarely swapped to the hard drive, and the computer remains responsive even if the 32-bit limit is approached. However, once an application actually exceeds this limit, it will crash.

Should you have 4GB of RAM installed on your computer, we highly recommend installing more RAM (if possible). Also, you may want to optimise the Live Set per the instructions below.

Using the 64-bit version of Live 

From Live 10 on, our software is available in 64-bit only and we generally recommend using this version over the 32-bit one. Since we have discontinued the 32-bit version of Live, this version is only recommended for computers with a 32-bit operating system or with 4 (or less) GB of RAM installed.

The 64-bit version of Live can support a theoretical maximum of 16 exabytes of RAM - which is much more RAM than computers actually have. Find out more about the differences between the bit-rate versions of Live here. Keep in mind also that Out of Memory crashes can still occur in the 64-bit version of Live if you exceed your computer's maximum memory usage. 

How to reduce the RAM load and avoid "Out of memory crashes"

See our detailed guide: How to reduce the RAM load.