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Extended xms Memory (DOS Prompt Memory)

By jwebb ·
Using Windows 98SE on an Athlon 900Mhz system with 384MB RAM. Have tried over and over again to adjust memory. When we go to a command prompt and use the mem /c /p command, it shows that almost all of the Extended xms memory as being used. Total: 65,967,536 Used 64,918,960 Free 1,048,576. We have tried disabling any startup applications using msconfig, we have tried booting is safe mode, etc. but nothing seems to make any difference. The only time the used amount of xms memory seems normal is when the system is restarted in MS-DOS mode. On most occasions, the command prompt works, but on some occasions, we receive the error "There is not enough available memory to run this program. Shut down one or more applications and then try again". We do not receive any memory errors with any other applications but one. We use a Help program for creating HTML style help. This program shells out to the Microsoft Help Compiler to actually compile the help file and the same error is presented to us when this happens. The system has been fully scanned for viruses using just about every virus scanner available and nothing is found. Does anyone have any ideas on how we can solve this memory issue? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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by TheChas In reply to Extended xms Memory (DOS ...

My first suspicion is a memory leak.

In W98 systems, both IE6 and DirectX 8 or 9 can cause system problems that will create a large memory leak.

Check for an updated driver for the video card. If the latest version of the driver does not support DirectX 8 I can almost guarantee problems with IE6 on the PC.

The answer, is to install a newer video card with support for IE6 and DirectX 9 under W98, or drop back to Ie 5.5 and DirectX 7.

Chas

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by tjc In reply to Extended xms Memory (DOS ...

I LOVE DOS!!!!!

config.sys file should contain
files=60
buffers=60
device=c:\windows\himem.sys
device=c:\windows\emm386.exe noems
dos=high,umb
any other device lines should say "devicehigh" on that line

give it shot and see what happens.

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