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20-10-2001, 02:23 AM
just pulled this off a forum site-

First:
WRT Win9x (including ME) and RAM:
1) If you have more than 512 megs of RAM, set your vcache limit:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q253/9/12.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=g
n&FR=0&qry=maximum%20RAM&rnk=1&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=W98SE

2) Win9x is not designed to handle more than 1 gig of RAM. Installing more
than this amount may cause your computer to reboot continuously or simply
hang. You must limit the amount of RAM that Win9x can access by way of the
MaxPhysPage setting in the System.ini file. See:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q304/9/43.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=g
n&FR=0&qry=RAM&rnk=19&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=W98SE


Second,
on some motherboards, they say that they can handle X amount of RAM - say
1.5 gig w/3 dimm slots. Inserting memory larger than 128 megs results in
only seeing 128 of that dimm. The cause is that the chipset of the M/B is
an earlier design. AFAIR, this was a limitation of a line of VIA chipsets
that cannot properly read 'high-density' dimms. For those motherboards, you
must purchase 'low-density' dimms - which do cost more. I thought this was
a scam when I first heard about it and checked deeper. It isn't a scam. My
Asus A7V M/B is one of the 'victims'. To use dimms larger than 128 I have
to buy the 'low-density' RAM.

20-10-2001, 07:30 AM
Interesting!

20-10-2001, 08:15 AM
Yep, I've got a Via chipset too, dunno about memory problems, but it used to cause lots of problems with my soundblaster Live!.

20-10-2001, 08:25 AM
Dylan! any chance you could run me off a copy of the Soundblaster Live! driver CD??? I'm desperate now!

20-10-2001, 08:57 AM
See the October issue of Silicon Chip magazine for an article on building a PC, and this very same problem of more than 512 MB ram, and out of memory messages when trying to install Soundblaster Live.

20-10-2001, 01:03 PM
havn't had any troubles with my sound blaster live except it requires the lpt port sharing or disable sb16 emulation(like who uses dos progs anyway).

mike- theres nothing on the disk that you don't have already