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By uglem ·
HI,
I have just added 128 mg of ram to my computer. Do I need to do anything to the bios? I have never touched it since I got the computer. I am running Win 98. If so, what and how do I upgrade my BIOS?

Thank you for your time.
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by SimY In reply to BIOS question

Unless your BIOS is really old, your PC should recognise the extra RAM without any configuration on your part. Confirm by starting your PC and check how much RAM is detected by your BIOS (during POST) and windows (system icon in control panel).

If your BIOS cannot detect your RAM, you may have to upgrade your BIOS to the most recent version - usually through a flash program (in the form of a bootable disk that will upgrade your BIOS for you). Go to the BIOS manufacturer's website to download this.

Also check that the extra RAM is seated properly as this may prevent it from being detected.

Hope this helps

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by TheChas In reply to BIOS question

On some systems, you need to enter BIOS setup to confirm the new amount of RAM when you add or remove memory.

Otherwise, you don't "need" to do anything in BIOS settings.

If you experience any problems after adding RAM, you may want to try adjusting the memory speed settings to produce a more stable system.

Keep in mind that in W98 you can have problems with more than 511MB of RAM installed.

As to updating the BIOS, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
You should ONLY update the BIOS if the motherboard manufacture offers an update that addresses a specific problem that you are having.

Chas

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by csmith In reply to BIOS question

As long as there are no error messages, do not do anything.
The memory "sweet spot" for Win98 is 384 Meg RAM.
So, it should be just fine.
To check memory usage, download Cacheman from www.cnet.com
(Cnet is the parent of TechRepublic.)
Cacheman also has utilities to set the disk cache, address the 512 Meg problem in Win98, etc.
(The disk cache should be set at twice the hardware cache on the hard disk. You can look it up on the HD manufacturer's website. Your HD probably has 4Meg, so, 8Meg Max with 2Meg Min are probably the correct settings.)
Regards, Chris

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by mcgrewdavid In reply to BIOS question

find out what kind of bios you have. Then go to a search engine, and type in, BIOS Upgrade. You will need floppy disk to download it on. You should always keep your BIOS updated. After it has been downloaded to the floppy, open it, and this will update your BIOS. This should also help you with your question.

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