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Thread: Out of Memory Error

  1. #1
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    Angry Out of Memory Error

    I'm making a Chain Rxn clone and after playing the game for a while it gives me this:

    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space
    at sun.audio.AudioStream.getData(AudioStream.java:90)
    at grid.Dot.playSound(Dot.java:314)
    at grid.Dot.explode(Dot.java:163)
    at grid.Grid.play(Grid.java:166)
    at grid.Grid.init(Grid.java:116)
    at chainrxnalpha.chainrxnalpha.main(chainrxnalpha.jav a:68))

    This is the method where the error is thrown:

    public void playSound(String soundFile) {
            try {
                SFX = new AudioStream(new FileInputStream("src/sounds/" + soundFile + ".wav"));
                MD = SFX.getData(); // this is where the error (in red above^^) is thrown
                once = new AudioDataStream(MD);
            } catch (IOException error) {
                System.out.println("File not found!");
            MGP.start(once); // sometimes the error is thrown here depending on the frequency of sounds playing
            try {
            } catch (IOException error) {
                System.out.println("Closing error");
            System.out.println("play sound " + soundFile);

    I have deduced that the error has to do with the inefficiency of data being transferred, but should not Java have this stuff done automatically? Or is there a different way to play sound that I am unaware of?

    I have already tried to increase heap size with a Plist editor but I still get the same error at the same time.

    I am on an iMac and using Netbeans 6.7.1 (I get the same error on the school computers which are PCs).

    Ask me for more info if this is not clear. thankyooo

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    Default Re: Out of Memory Error

    I think the problem is in "MD = SFX.getData();". From your code it seems that your reading the entire file into memory, a very very bad idea. See if there is a way to pass a stream object instead of the whole raw file.

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