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By ebcdic ·
I just tried to install my pcmcia modem. When I install the driver for the modem, and am prompted to insert the modem I get a "Windows is not able to identify or use the inserted PC Card device because there is no memory available to communicate with the device. You must make a memory area available before this device can be used! Check your computers CONFIG.SYS file for a memory manager that is excluding upper memory regions between A000 and FFFF. I checked my config.sys file and there arn't any entry's in the config.sys..

I'm using WIN98SE on a Gateway Solo 5100 laptop (obviously). Device manager doesn't have a modem in the list. No conflicts for pcmcia card ("Device Is Working Properly").

Somebody Help me please..

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by ebcdic In reply to PCMCIA Problem

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by Charley In reply to PCMCIA Problem

I've never gotten that particular error message, so I'll share some general memory-freeing tips. Since you are running Win98 (SE in this case) you don't actually need a config.sys file, unless you are running a software package with some kind of legacy support.

Click Start->Run->MSConfig. This utility allows you to easily go through all of your startup files, from config.sys all the way through the windows startup group. I recommend that you carefully go through all of these, with the exception of System.ini and win.ini (unless you really know what you're doing) and clean out anything that you don't need. Some programs try to launch more than one instance of themselves at startup. Keep one instance and lose the rest. IF you are running MS Office, there is undoubtedly an entry there for "Office Startup". YOu don't need this, get rid of it (its a huge memory hog, anyway). Clean out anything that you dont need or use regularly, then reboot the system. THis will free up someresources. If it still does not want to see the modem, then you are in for some troubleshooting.

Are there any other PCMCIA devices installed? Any other NON-PCMCIA devices? USB? If there are any other peripherals installed, remove them all. Restart the system and retry the modem install. If it works, then start re-installing your other peripherals until it fails. THen you will know where the problem is.

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by ebcdic In reply to PCMCIA Problem

Charley; I was able to resolve my problem. Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up formating using the format /s/u command. Apparently using format /s wasn't good enought. Also; when I formated the first time I did so with the card in the slot. I was informed that is wasn't a good idea to do so. I'm not user it the /s/u command solved the problem or if it was removing the card before format that fixed it. Probably a little of both.
Thanks again.

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by DKlippert In reply to PCMCIA Problem

The Knowledge Base article concerning this may be:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q129/3/27.asp
The suggestion is:
Click the Start button, point to Settings, then click Control Panel.

Double-click the System icon.

Click the Device Manager tab, then double-click Computer.

Click the Reserve Resources tab, click the Memory option button, then click the Add button.

In the Start Value and End Value boxes, enter values for the start and end of the memory range youwant to reserve.

Click OK.
Good luck.

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by dcosgrove In reply to PCMCIA Problem

Have you tried to boot the laptop with the card in? You may be able to do it that way and install the drivers after.

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by aronya1 In reply to PCMCIA Problem

I think the answer from Charley is on the right track, but if it doesn't work you can try adding some simple instructions to your CONFIG.SYS file. Make these the first lines in the file:

DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
DOS=HIGH,UMB

I don't think the next 3 lines would make any difference, but they won't hurt if you want to add them:

FILES=40
BUFFERS=60
STACKS=64,512

Be sure to reboot after making changes to the file. Good luck.

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by ebcdic In reply to PCMCIA Problem

Funny you should mention that... When I contacted Gateway, they suggested the same thing. I tried it but it didn't work. I ended up reformating using the format /s/u command. That fixed my problem.

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