Himem detected unreliable XMS memory?!
Posted on 1998-10-03
I have a laptop (CTX-Ezebook, p200 mmx) with latest Windows 95 OSR (latest). I had 24 megs of ram whereof 2 ramcards with 8 each (EDO, DIMM). I bought two new ramcards a 16 meg each. I successfully managed to start the computer afterwards I put them in and while the bios info scrolls by it reports 40 meg (16+16 +8 on the motherboard). After I started the computer I did one thing in windows. I used some utility that optimizes the cache size that windows uses made it optimize it for 40 meg. Today when I start the computer. I first get the message: "While initializing device VXDLR: Windows protection error. You need to restart you computer."
Then I restart and I choose safe-mode. Then I get: "Error Himem.sys has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 0080004. XMS drive not installed"
So is it the new memory? Or my fumbling with cache size in windows. I dont have a clue! Is there some dos utility I could download and diagnose this better with? I tried memmaker in lack of better but it only hanged the computer without any error messages at all when restarting....
many thanks in advance