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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Adamantus, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Adamantus

    Adamantus Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm trying to install a game on my captivate that is about 20 MB, and I get the message that i have insufficient space. But when I look at available space in my settings, I have 1.8 GB internal storage and 8.7GB from the internal sd card. Why an I getting this message?
     


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  2. SGS2

    SGS2 Well-Known Member

    hi.

    i have the same issue with a 2.2 froyo rooted captivate.

    i am not going to list my memory capacities as i have murdered all bloatware, and trust me, i have plenty of memory, internal, internal sd card, and the external sd card i have installed. i do not have a large amount of installed apps from market; maybe 10.

    i am using busybox donate, titanium backup * root, titanium pro key * root, superuser and superuser elite.

    bottom line, the INSUFFICIENT SPACE error, for me, was and is false. for me, it was a false error, and yet i still get it everytime i download an app. i have cleaned cache, i have forced closed all apps possible, bla, bla, bla. nothing worked.

    i found, after wasting many hours of useless efforts, if i just turned my phone off, removed my battery, and then on again, every new app i downloaded was and is successful. this has worked every time i got the false error message.

    why? i do not know. as i said, i have very few apps, and all apps (except titanium backup which is not supposed to be on your sd card per the developer who i directly asked) that i do have are on my external sd card.

    the error is a lie, at least for me, as i have plenty of internal memory.

    edit: it just dawned on me - since i close a lot of unused/running apps, and using the samsung stock task manager app, in addition to another cache cleaner, and killing/closing apps, i may be closing an internal app which may tell market if there is enough space available.

    i think this may be why the insufficient space error comes up, since when i turn my phone off, then back on, i do NOT close any apps, i just go directly into market and try to download a new app, and this has always worked... i do not know what app i have closed or killed that causes the insufficient space error.....

    myself - i would rather end needlessly running apps and save my ram, battery and cpu, and the few times i download a new app, i just turn off, then on, and problem solved.

    for me, i don't mind the extra steps since overall i prefer to force close unneeded apps..

    so, the take away is just like with all computers - when in doubt, just turn off, then turn on.
     
  3. Kyuta Syuko

    Kyuta Syuko Lurker

    The Captivate only has a 30M Cache partition which is where the apps are saved to when they're downloaded from the Market. If you download too many apps before your Market clears the Cache (not really sure when that happens) you'll get the insufficient space error. You'll also get it trying to download anything over 30M. You can usually clear the space by going into Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> All Tab -> Market -> Clear Data.

    Of course some people have found ways around the 30M Cache size with varying results.
     
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  4. fotot8kr

    fotot8kr Lurker

    This fixed my husbands phone. Thank you so much!:D
     

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The Samsung Captivate release date was July 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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