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Chapter 17. Troubleshooting > Understanding Palm Memory

17.9. Understanding Palm Memory

The PalmPilot uses memory (RAM) in some remarkable ways. For one thing, RAM takes the place of the hard drive on a traditional computer. All of your data, as well as any programs you install yourself, reside permanently in memory. Only the battery juice keeps these programs and data from vanishing into the ether. (The built-in programs—Memo Pad, Address Book, Mail, and so on—are permanently burned into the ROM circuitry, so you never need to fear losing them.)

Because the built-in programs are stored in the device's ROM, you can't delete them. The Memo Pad, Address Book, To Do, Date Book, Mail, and Expense programs are permanently part of your PalmPilot.

On the other hand, even if you never use some of these programs, you shouldn't be bothered by their undeletability. Because they're etched permanently in silicon, they use up no RAM at all.


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