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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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If You’ve Got Problems (Of the DVD-ROM Kind)

I tried my best to locate programs that work on most computers with the minimum system requirements, as the Fedora team did for its operating system. Alas, your computer may differ, and some programs may not work properly for some reason.

The two likeliest problems are that you don’t have enough memory (RAM) for the programs you want to use or that you have other programs running that are affecting the installation or running of a program. If you see error messages like Not enough memory or Setup cannot continue, try one or more of the following methods and then try using the software again:

Close all running programs. The more programs you’re running, the less memory is available to other programs. Installers also typically update files and programs; if you keep other programs running, the installation may not work properly.
In Linux, close your GUI environment and run demos or installations directly from a command line. The interface itself can tie up system memory or even conflict with certain kinds of interactive demos. Use the command prompt to browse files on the DVD-ROM and launch installers or demos.
Have your local computer store add more RAM to your computer. This step is, admittedly, a drastic and potentially expensive one, depending on the price of RAM at the time. If you have a modern PC with less than 64MB of RAM, however, adding more memory can really help the speed of your computer and enable more programs to run at ...

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