Fix Football Manager is running dangerously low on memory

FM is running dangerously low on memory is a common memory warning that appears from time to time when you’re running Football Manager. Usually, in most cases, it appears when you’re simming some days on your FM career and suddenly you get back to your desktop screen.

This article is intended for any FM version. Doesn’t matter if it’s FM 2015, FM 2016 or even the next release of Football Manager 2017. This error often appears in almost all FM versions.

Here are some of the examples that appear in the pop up window:

Football Manager has run out of memory. Please quit and free up some memory.

Football Manager has out of memory and will now quit.

In this article I will give tips on how to solve this common error in Football Manager.

First, I will start with a bad news..If you’re getting this memory problem when you’re trying to load your save game (and it appears a pop window with something like this: The save game could not be loaded), then you should forget that save. Your save is corrupted and it will be almost impossible to get it back. However, you should try to contact game developers.

If you’re getting this error during your FM career and you can load that career, then I will try to help you avoid that problem.

Why Im getting this Football Manager error

This out of memory error happens because your computer doesn’t have enough memory to run Football Manager. Perhaps because you have a huge number of programs running along with FM, or:

1 – You don’t have enough ram on your computer;

2 – You have enough ram but you’re running Football Manager on a 32bit Operating System;

3 – Your computer does not have the power plans configured correctly;

4 – Your anti-virus is scanning your computer files while you’re playing FM;

5 – You’re using custom graphics like skins, logos, facepacks, kits or any other type of graphical add-ons. And probably some of them are in conflict with original FM files;

6 – You’re using Real Names Fix.

What should I do to avoid this problem

1 – Football manager is an accessible game for most computers, however you must check the minimum requirements to can play it smoothly.

The number of leagues/divisions selected at the beginning of a new career can also have an impact on this type of errors. Make sure you follow the star rating recommendation.

2 – If you have a computer with enough ram but you’re using a 32bit OS, then your ram are capped at 3gb maximum. Make sure you upgrade your Operating System to 64bit, so you can make use of all your computer specifications.

3 – Make sure your computer/display don’t sleep after some minutes and also make sure you run it at maximum performance.

How to do this?

PC users:

Click on Start -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Power Options

Set to High Performance and switch the turn off the display to never.

Mac users:

Click on Apple -> System Preferences -> Energy Saver

Set to never Display sleep and Computer sleep and untick the following options Put the hard disk to sleep when possible /automatically reduce brightness before display goes to sleep / Automatic graphics switching

4 – Do not let your anti virus scan your system files while you’re playing Football Manager. This can conflict with your save game files.

5 – Custom graphics, specially skins may cause your FM crash. Delete all the graphics that you have in your graphics folder if you get this type of crash.

6 – Delete also your Real Names Fix. If you have not backed up the original files, then you should reinstall Football Manager.

4 thoughts on “Fix Football Manager is running dangerously low on memory

  • April 24, 2016 at 3:38 am

    dear FM-Space,

    I have a question on this.
    since recently I do have this issue, and due to the fact that I am running the game on a 64bit win 10, with 16gb memory I think the number “6” is my problem.
    I am having real name fix- and wanted to know why would this end up having an out of memory problem?
    many thanks

    • FM-Space
      April 24, 2016 at 8:12 am

      If you downloaded the real name fix from fm-space, then you should have no problems…
      The problem with some mods is that some files made by the community may be misconfigured and this can interfere with Football Manager.
      However, all graphics posted here on fm-space are 100% tested, including the real names fix.
      Have you tried the step three? If even after you follow all the steps you continue to get this error I suggest you contact the developers of Football Manager at their forum –

  • July 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    i got the message “football manager 2016 is running dangerously low on memory please quit and free up some memory” tried to allocate 3434343436.

    • July 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      so what do i need to do?


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