Trying to install a GeForce 2 c/w 64M ram video card but having problems.

System specs:
Asus A7V MB with 768M RAM
AMD Duron 700 CPU
Win 98 SecEd
VooDoo3 2000 PCI VC

I downloaded and flashed the latest BIOS (1011) for the board.
Downloaded and installed latest drivers for the card and AGP slot

After installing the card the system hangs at the Windows start up screen even though Windows is running in the background (I can hear it ie the start up sound) and using memory recall and visualization can restart or shut down, even though I can't see the desk top.

I finally did get the card to work but received a "System low on memory" message and the display refresh rate was extremely slow (ie  pop up windows didn't just appear but were slowly drawn on the screen).

The VooDoo runs just fine.

Any ideas as to what the problem might be??


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tmj883Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you will only see and use 512MB when you use the system configuration option. To use all 768, use my suggestion above.T
Why are you leaving the Voodoo card in?

In BIOS setup, do you have AGP as the first video slot to be initialized?
dooley090698Author Commented:
VooDoo card was removed an GeForce card installed.
Problems started so I reinstalled VooDoo to access web to search for updated drivers then would remove VooDoo and reinstall GeForce.
I set graphics to AGP in system BIOS (and the VooDoo would run in this mode anyway).
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Restart in Safe Mode. Delete all entries under video adapters in Device Manager. Restart with the GeForce installed. Install drivers.
In addition 768 MB RAM can be quite a lot for win98.

In the BIOS, I would make sure that your video aperature is 64 MB or more.
too much RAM Q253912 Large amounts of RAM
Q181966 System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings
RTICLE-ID: Q142544
      TITLE : Windows 95 Command-Line Switches

  For additional information about file system troubleshooting settings, please see the following
  article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

      ARTICLE-ID: Q165503
      TITLE : Description of the File System Troubleshooting Options

  For additional information about troubleshooting memory issues, please see the following article
  in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

      ARTICLE-ID: Q134503
      TITLE : Parity Error Messages May Indicate Bad Memory

  For additional information about the Msdos.sys file, please see the following article in the
  Microsoft Knowledge Base:

      ARTICLE-ID: Q118579
      TITLE : Contents of the Windows Msdos.sys File

  NOTE: If you are running Windows Millennium Edition (Me), the following options are available on
  the Advanced tab:

      Enable Startup menu

      Enable Deep Sleep

  The registry key for the S3 Deepsleep control implementation is:


  The flag is named DeepSleep.

  "Deep Sleep" is defined as an S3 sleep state also known as Stand-by. For additional information
  about sleep states, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge

      Q197739 Description of the Different Advanced Power Management States
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
      Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
      Microsoft Windows 98
      Microsoft Windows 95
From: CrazyOne   Date: 02/28/2001 12:39PM PST
                   If a computer that is running any of the versions of Windows listed above contains more than 512 megabytes

                   (for example, 768 megabytes) of physical memory (RAM) installed, you may experience one or more of the
                   following symptoms:

                   You may be unable to open an MS-DOS session (or command prompt) while Windows is running. Attempts to
                   do so may generate the following error message:

                   There is not enough memory available to run this program.
                   Quit one or more programs, and then try again.
                   The computer may stop responding (hang) while Windows is starting, or halt and display the following
                   error message:

                   Insufficient memory to initialize windows. Quit one or more memory-resident programs or remove unnecessary
                   utilities from your Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files, and restart your computer.


                   The Windows 32-bit protected-mode cache driver (Vcache) determines the maximum cache size based on the
                   amount of RAM that is present when Windows starts. Vcache then reserves enough memory addresses to permit
                   it to access a cache of the maximum size so that it can increase the cache to that size if needed. These
                   addresses are allocated in a range of virtual addresses from 0xC0000000 through 0xFFFFFFFF (3 to 4 gigabytes)
                   known as the system arena.

                   On computers with large amounts of RAM, the maximum cache size can be large enough that Vcache consumes
                   all of the addresses in the system arena, leaving no virtual memory addresses available for other functions
                   such as opening an MS-DOS prompt (creating a new virtual machine).
I hope this helps !

SysExpert is correct...large amounts of RAM deplete system resources...thus not enough to install the new graphics card...the fix:
VCache settings are in system.ini
Click Start, select RUN, type msconfig, enter
This will bring up the system configuration editor.
Edit the system.ini...thusly:

Find the entry


Edit to read


Save and exit the system configuration editor, and will limit VCache to 40MB
This is the highest setting tested by microsoft. Once edited, perform the installation of the new card. T

dooley090698Author Commented:
I tried setting the memory to 512 using wincfg program but then I only see 512M memory. Is the other 256M still available?

This is getting damn complicated!!!!!!

Of topic but general enough ..
I'm not averse to upgrading to Windows XP. Would that be the easiest solution?
Have you tried starting in Safe Mode and deleting all the adapters? If the system worked properly with the 768MB of ram and the VooDoo card, it is most likely not the problem.
dooley090698Author Commented:
K thanks for all the help.. gonna try tonight and see what happens.
tmj883 - did what u suggested and yep-- see all of my memory now..txs!!

Still wondering though if Windows XP wouldn;t be the easiest solution (if it's a viable solution )..:to all this memory addressing hoopla...

Txs again
Win98 does not use more than 256 MB for the OS, but will allow other programs to access the full 768 MB.
Win2k/XP are NT based an do have better memory management.

If you want to try XP, why don't you install it on a separate partition, and use the boot menu to have a dual boot system.

If you do not have a separate partition available think about using Partition magic ( ) or similar to create one ( if you have spare space ).
Also - always do a full backup before making any major changes like these.

I hope this helps !

dooley090698Author Commented:
SysExpert gave a very informative article...txs!
However,the problem did seem to lie in the fact that I needed to set the VCache as since I did that,the card dropped in and away I went (after purginf the registry of all 3dfx references too).
However,tmj883 gave me the info I needed.
All really helpfull and informative ans's.
Thanks for all the help!
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