Xi3 Plus and Pax4 - Out of memory error message when loading files on a PCMCIA or Compact Flash card

Article ID: 54571041



Topic or Information

Out of Memory Error messages in the LCD Display

Applies To

Zebra Xi, XiIIIPlus, and PAX4 Series Printers


The printer may generate an Out of Memory error in the LCD Display if a format is sent to the printers PCMCIA (B: memory) and the PCMCIA card is not installed.

Installing the PCMCIA card details  Read More>>

  • An Out of Memory error can also occur if the memory space is exceeded. Through the LCD Display a LIST FORMATS can be printed to determine how much memory is available in B: memory (PCMCIA).
  • The PCMCIA card may also need to be initialized so that it is formatted to receive formats for storing.

Initializing the PCMCIA memory card details  Read More>>

  • The write protect switch needs to be set for write if trying to store formats to the card otherwise an Out of Memory error can occur.

Write/Protect switch details  Read More>>

ZPL code does not specify correct PCMCIA or Compact Flash memory location.

Ensure the ZPL coding specifies the correct memory location for each card:

The PCMCIA card will use the B memory, and the compact flash will use the A memory.



The ~DGB: specifies that this graphic file will be stored in the PCMCIA's B memory.

For more information on the ~DG command please see the ZPL programming guide.

To print a label listing all objects in each memory location, enter the following:


This will print a file directory for the PCMCIA memory location.


This will print a file directory for the Compact Flash location.


+ Product Codes

  • 110PAX Print Engines (disc.)
  • 170PAX4