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Win 98 and memory

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Win 98 and memory

Chaps
Just wondered if anyone could refresh my memory Roll eyes
My uncles has a very old packard bell PC running Win98. He never wants to use the internet, but his grandkids have some CD games that play very slowly. After having a look, he only has 32Mb memory, but 4Mb is used by the VGA chip. The memory is SIMM (yes SIMM), and I have managed to find some on E-Bay, 2 matched 64Mb sticks. Did hear somewhere though that Win98 does not like more than 128Mb memory, but its that long since I have worked on a Win 98 system, I am not sure. Can anyone remind meHuh?. If it will use 160Mb total then I will get the memory for him.
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paulby
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Re: Win 98 and memory

Have a look at this page but you may also need to read this.
You should be able to "let windows handle it" with the amount you're installing but worth noting the article in the second link.
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Re: Win 98 and memory

not sure how much help this but looking back at my computer parts receipts I find that in 2002 I built a new PC and I am fairly sure it ran on Windows 98SE  and it had a single 256MB 184DIMM PC2100 stick and a Radeon7500 64MB AGP graphics card
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Re: Win 98 and memory

Thanks Guys.  SOme interesting bedtime reading Paul, will stretch my grey matter in things I have forgotton all about!!!
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Re: Win 98 and memory

You have to remember that win 98 came out when 32 meg was a fantastic amount of memory and you were posh if you had 32 meg most pc shipped with 16 meg or less. Video cards were in the region of 512 meg and hard drives 50 meg or so.
So you shouldn't need to throw loads of stuff at it to make it go fast. If you giving it more ram etc then put win2k on as you will see the benefit that shipped with 64 meg or less and a lot more stable and drivers are available for it. You could put windows 3.11 or OS/2 on and see it fly
pierre_pierre
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Re: Win 98 and memory

Even further back, my first PC, a Packard Bell is I remember correct only had a 25M hard disc, that was enough to run windows and programs  that a proper PC in a Horizontal Tower size case
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Yeah, this is a packard bell Club. 1Gb HDD.  Just seems to need a touch more memory and a reinstall to clear out the rubbish!!.  Even has a pentium socket 7 processor, running at 233Mhz.  Oh the days Roll eyes