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Not enough memory for Partition Magic

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I am trying to create a dual boot Win98/XP system and want to create a new partition and am trying to use Partition Magig Pro 7.

When it boots to MSDOS mode it runs for a minute or two then returns Error 3 - not enough memory.  Looking at the PM help suggests removing items from Config.sys and Autoexec.bat

I have tried editing the files directly, and by using both MSConfig.exe and Sysedit.exe, but everytime the machine boots into DOS mode, a Soundblaster emulation is loaded, even though I have REM'd it out anywhere I can find it.

How can I free up enough Dos memory to allow PM7 to work?
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It sounds like PM is shelling to DOS. Try renaming your autoexec.bat to autoexec.sav and your config.sys file to config.sav. Then reboot your computer and try again. Also, you might try using Partition Magic's boot disk to do this rather than shelling out.
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Make a Windows startup diskette or download one from www.bootdisk.com.

Boot from the diskette and when the menu comes up press Shift+F5. This will leave the machine with no resident software at all, giving maximum memory for Partition Magic.
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make sure that you load himem.sys though. i agree with bartsmit and jhieb about the bootdisk.
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Turns out it was a problem with corrupt files on the disk - I downgraded to PM6 and it reported the error as a file with an invalid FAT entry - PM7 only told me "Not enough memory" even though I had sufficient DOS memory available.

I managed to remove the Soundblaster software by following the instructions at http://dmzweb4.europe.creative.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE/,/?St=6,E=0000000000004151433,K=4282,Sxi=0,Case=obj(1810)

I will ask for this question to be PAQ'd so it is available for others, as I solved the problem myself.
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