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Win 98 memory problem

How can i get win 98 to read over a gig of memory
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CrazyOneCommented:
You probably won't be able to.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q253912

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 95

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).

WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
Use the MaxFileCache setting in the System.ini file to reduce the maximum amount of memory that Vcache uses to 512 megabytes (524,288 KB) or less. For additional information about how to use the MaxFileCache setting, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
108079 32-Bit File Access Maximum Cache Size

Use the System Configuration utility to limit the amount of memory that Windows uses to 512 megabytes (MB) or less.For additional information about how to use the System Configuration utility, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
181966 System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings

Reduce the amount of memory that is installed in your computer to 512 MB or less.
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Start > Run Msconfig
Advanced. Check Limit memory to and enter in 512
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CrazyOneCommented:
Supposedly Win98 can handle up to 1GB of RAM but that is as far as she will go. Use Win2000, XP or Win2003 sever if you need that much RAM.
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centervCommented:
Win98 can handle comfortably 384k of ram.
Other programs can handle more but vitual memory in 98 takes over.
If you want to force the issue, reduce or shut down virtual memory,
and depending on what you're doing it may force it to use ram.
Give it a try.
To shut down VM, MyCompute/Properties/Performance/virtual memory
and make the changes.
Windows will squack but go ahead and make the changes,
I suggest you leave a minimun amount otf VM on.

If it works for you, it can be customized further.
Cheers
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WiebrenCommented:
i don't know if makes any difference, never tried this
i just came up with it.

why not make a huge ramdisk a put there your pagefile/swapfile on.
i don't know for sure if the pagefile has limits in 98
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oshelpCommented:
See CrazyOne nothing is impossible.

See Winton5 works need to be done only on GDI and all Cache Drivers so u don't worry about
whether Windows 98 or any operating system can use gig memory.

U wait for another 2 days. I will let u know how to run 98 smoothly even if u hv gig mem coz Windows programmers know tht they can rebuild their shell to allow windows 98 to use gig memory but now they don't want to lunch a new version of Windows 98 and tht's y they want user to use their new products and not old one ( Windows 98 ).

I am using Windows 98 with gig and i find no problem running windows 98 coz i worked
on some shell functions on DLL files and drivers files for windows 98. So when i will
finish this thing i will let u know how to make ur Windows 98 ready to use gig also.

thankx

 
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WakeupCommented:
It's been two days oshelp....waiting for your response.....
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WakeupCommented:
Oh, just so you know....OSHelp is not going to be able to respond anymore.  His account is now suspended.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Thanks for he info Wakeup
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centervCommented:
...and I wanted to see it....
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CrazyOneCommented:
It don't exist cent oshelp was blowing smoke out of you know what. :>)
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centervCommented:
well aware of it..
just curious as to what he was going to try to sell!  LOL
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CrazyOneCommented:
Oh Ok for some reason I thought you were serious. DOH!!!!!
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