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Getting Windows 98 to recognize more than 256MB of RAM

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Hello experts!
I just loaded up my Dell with 700+MB of RAM only to hear that Windows 98 can only recognize up to 256MB of RAM.  Is that true?  If true, is there a way to recognize more than 256MB somehow?  A friend of mine said that I'd need to upgrade to Windows 2000, but I would appreciate comments on upgrading to Windows 2000.
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Chelsea (a devoted Windows 98 user)
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Some info.

Glenn

Windows Me and Windows 98 are not designed to handle more than 1 GB of RAM. More than 1 GB can lead to potential system instability.


http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q304/9/43.ASP
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I'm preparing to upgrade Windows 98 SE to Windows XP, and found this Upgrade Adviser very helpful, you may benefit as well.  At the bottom of the following link, there's an application you can download to test your environment (hardware and software) to make sure your current configuration is compatible for Windows XP (Home Edition or Professional, should you choose to go this route)

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/upgrading/advisor.asp

More about XP:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/default.asp

It's a shame to waste precious RAM, so an upgrade is likely going to be your choice (at some point).  This analysis kinda sold me who is also a Windows 98 person (thanks to reghakr):

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_rc1.asp

This link differentiates the Home Version functionality from the Pro version:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro.asp

Good luck to you,
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Hi chensgen

This litte bit of info was laid on me about a year ago by dew_associates.

"Early releases of Windows 95 code could only use 64MB of memory. Osr2 moved this to 96MB, and Windows 98 (first release) moved this to 128MB. The final release of 98 moved this number to 800MB, which is the maximum that the 98 kernel can use. And I think ME numbers is over 900MB"

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The recognition of your RAM, and it's use as RAM, has nothing to do with the limitations imposed by the OS. Those are separate issues, which I will not get into here. If your motherboard/chipset can support the additional RAM, you will benefit(albeit a certain slowing of app intiallization in some cases), regardless of the OS limitations. Major benefits of increased RAM include, among others, the reduction of "HD paging"; significantly reducing HD calls and wear.

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To clarify my comment: If one were to have a motherboard whoes chipset and sockets support, say, 512MB RAM, and yet you use Windows 3.1, then yes, you will have a problem. So, my statement of "regardless of the OS limitations" does not apply in that case, or in any case where the OS does not natively support the amount of installed RAM. I was assuming, perhaps wrongly, that you are using Win98se, which will indeed recognize that additional RAM, and hence my original posting.
In the future I will attempt to clarify system configuration before making comments. Sorry.
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Sorry to be off topic .... Hi, CrazyOne, I'm finally healing, YAY!  Thanks for caring.  ":0)  Asta

Chelsea, have you made any progress here?

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Any luck?

Glenn
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Thanks for the "B" grade, hopefully the next time we meet, I can provide you with "A" level response.
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Grade appears to be a default grade, and I have change it to an A.

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