How much RAM do I really have?

Posted on 1999-07-18
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When booting, the BIOS reports 64MB of RAM. That's what's supposed to be there. But both Control Panel (of my Win98) and WinTune98 report 56MB only. Why?
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Do you have an onboard video card that shares the memory?  and have it set to share 8MB in CMOS setup?
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If the BIOS shows 64mb, then I would take that as the answer to your question.

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Emanual, here are some of the things that cause a difference between installed memory and the memory Windows 98 reports.

 - Himem.sys is not using all the memory on an EISA computer.
 - A driver or program loading from the Config.sys or Autoexec.bat file is
   claiming a portion of random access memory (RAM).
 - A virtual device driver loading from the System.ini file is claiming a
   portion of RAM.
 - A protected-mode driver is causing the memory mismatch.
 - The registry is damaged.
 - A CMOS setting is disabling some of the RAM.
 - You have the "maxphyspage=" setting in your System.ini file set to restrict
   Windows from using some of the installed memory.
 - Ramdrive.sys is being loaded in the Config.sys file.
 - You are using a video adapter that is integrated into the motherboard.

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by:Patricia Siu-Lai Ho
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Emanuel, see if this is in assistance.
At the config.sys file of window98, add an option at the end of the line of HIMEM.SYS




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