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Garbage collecting well, this message came up garbage collecting and it doesnt let me do anything it just like says that and doesnt turn off the only thing that lets me turn off is taking the batteris out please hellp

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You can also try taking out the batteries, holding clear and pressing on, then reinsert the batteries, hold clear and repeatedly press on.

Posted on Oct 06, 2008


I had the same problem. Here's whutcha do: You know that USB cable that came with your calculator that hooks up to your computer? You're gonna need it. First, take out one battery from your calculator. Then hold down the DEL button. Whilst holding it down, re-insert the battery. Now turn the calculator on. Hooray! It doesn't say Garbage Collecting anymore! Now it says "Waiting... Please install operating system now." Now you hook up your calculator to your computer with that cable. Go into TI CONNECT (if you don't have it, download it at TI's official website), and transfer the newest OS (also available at TI website). Now your calculator is working again. Woohoo.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

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    Garbage Collecting is a process that clears the Flash ROM. It's a GOOD PROCESS that is necessary to your calculator. Allow it some time and it will eventually finish.



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Hello i have a problem with my Citizen Cyber Aqualand NX. He is flashing FILE. I have tried to do the garbage collection, but he said Fail. Also the Formatting of the Flash memory dos not work, and said...

I got last year same problem, easy to resolve :) I was doigng GC and i got my watch in failur exactly like yours. Solution? Buy 4 fresh, alkaline, good brand batteries. Put it in charger unit. Let the watch to charge for 12hours. After do garbage collection again or formatting if you cant do GC. If you got again fail, charge again it for 12 hours. I did it for 3 times and...the third days, I got "Done!" and solved :) It happens when battery is not full charged, so do GC just when is very charged. I love my Cyber, but sicne seems that GC collecting drink a lot of energy seems that low level battery doesnt let the inside flash memory to work well when try to format/GC datas.

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My TI-84 calculator says "Garbage Collecting" and won't work, how should I reset it?

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What can be done if a TI-83 Plus family or TI-84 Plus family calculator displays Garbage Collecting... for more than 20 minutes?

The garbage collection allows the cleanup of unused archive memory. It deletes unarchived variables from the user data archive and it rearranges the remaining variables into consecutive blocks. When a variable is unarchived, the Archive free memory amount increases immediately, but the space is not actually available until after the next garbage collection.

If garbage collecting is more than 20 minutes, the calculator has possibly locked up and will need to be reset.

The reset procedure will delete all the items that are in the memory of the graphing calculator. Use the reset procedure below:
• Remove 1 AAA battery.
• Press and hold down the [DEL] key.
• While holding down the [DEL] key, replace the AAA battery, and press the [ON] Key.

The message Waiting... Please install calculator software should appear. At this point, it will be necessary to reinstall the calculator's operating system.
• Connect the calculator to the computer using the TI Connectivity Cable or DirectUSB Cable.

Please post if this was helpful...
• In Windows®, click on Start >> Programs >> TI Tools >> TI Connect >> TI OS Downloader.
• In MacOS® X, open Hard Drive >> Applications >> TI Connect >> TI OS Restore.
• Follow the directions on screen to reinstall the calculator's operating system.
Access the link following for detailed instructions on how to complete operating system installation.

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Try this:
Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold the [CLEAR] key. While holding [CLEAR], reinsert the AAA battery and then turn the calculator on. The calculator should display the message "RAM Cleared". Release the [CLEAR] key and then press it one more time to remove the message.
Let me know if it helps.

Aug 19, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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TI84 does not work!

Perform a manual Garbage Collect.
  1. Press [2nd][0] to access (CATALOG)
  2. Press [TAN] to jump to first command that starts with G.
  3. Find GarbageCollect
  4. Press [ENTER][ENTER][2:Yes].Garbage collection may take up to 5 minutes
  5. After garbage collection is finished retry transfering data to calculator.

Uninstall and reinstall the TI-Connect software:
  1. Go to Start >> Settings >> Control Panel or Start >> Control Panel and select "Add or Remove Programs".
  2. Locate the TI-Connect software in the list and then choose "Remove".
  3. Once the software uninstall process has completed, please shut down and power off the computer.
  4. Wait approximately 20-30 seconds and then reboot into Windows.
  5. Download and install the latest version of the TI Connect software from the TI Connect Software home page.
  6. Once the TI Connect software install process has completed, restart the computer before using TI-Connect.
  7. Attempt to transfer data to the calculator.
If these steps do not solve the problem contact TI

Jan 30, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Calculator

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My texas instrumetns saids garbage collecting

Remove one main battery. After a little while reinsert it, and turn calculator ON. It will say Garbage collecting but it should stop quickly and say Ram Cleared.

Hope it helps.

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My calculator is stuck on garage collecting. How do i fix?

That's "Garbage Collecting"...It will take it a LONG time to finish this. Let it sit for as long as it needs to in order to finish this task. Unless you want it to move slowly. If worse comes to worse, take the batteries out and let it sit for an hour or so, then replace the batteries.

Aug 16, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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Meade LX200GPS 8" won't initialize on power up.

Try doing either a garbage collect or a safe load-- and then reinstall the hand controller firmware--

Instructions-- depending on the type of controller
Autostar 495 or 497: You enter Safe Mode by holding the [enter] and
[scroll down] keys pressed when you power up the telescope. The
Autostar will say "Flash Load Ready"... now go start the ASU.

Autostar II: if you need to use Safe Mode to recover from a disaster,
turn on the telescope, and key 999 before it says "Initializing"
The Autostar will say "Flash Load Ready"... now go start the ASU.

LX200gps: BEFORE proceeding further, click on the OPTIONS item on the Top Bar.
Now click on "Garbage Collect Hbx" ... this will perform data cleanup
within the Autostar which will avoid potential mess-ups.

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Garbage collect error on a ti 89 Titanium calculator. The problem is, is that I cant archive what needs to be archived so that it wont be deleted when I garbage collect to free up space

You can interrupt the program by removing one of the main batteries. Put battery back in calculator and turn it on. You may have to adjust contast with [2nd] and [UpArrow] keys or [2nd] and [DownArrow] keys, pressed in sequence and repeatedly until contrast is adjusted.

Reset all Ram.
If you remove apps one at time, and let garbage collector work after each deletion of apps, it may run faster and will not hang.

Hope it helps

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TI-84 Plus, Garbage Collecting.....

There is an easier way. No deleting anything involved. When you turn on your calculator and it says "Garbage Collecting" take out all 4 AAA batteries. Then, either put those same 4 back in, or replace them with 4 new ones. Then, hold down the -CLEAR- button, and then at the same time, press on. If your batteries are almost dead, nothing will pop up but it will look like the screen is kind of flashing. New batteries will fix that problem in a jiffy, and then brand new calculator :) Worked for me, hope this helps!

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I need help plz

The Garbage collect may go for 20 minutes or longer... wait a while. If that doesn't work, take out all the batteries and let it sit for 3 hours.

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