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WIN98SE Max SRAM?

By RobPellucid ·
How much SRAM can WIN98SE handle? I'm trying to upgrade me Graphics card from a VOODOO 3 card AGP to a LEADTEK Titanium TH card but after an OK install the reboot failed. LEADTEK tells me my AMD 1GHz cpu with 1GB of 100MHz SRAM won't work with a TRUE AGP GEFORCE Graphics card like the LEADTEK Ti TH. I use photo editing software that uses large Bit Map files and storing them in SRAM is 10x faster than swaping in/out a harddrive. LEADTEK tells me WIN98SE won't work with more than 512MB of SRAM. I've been using 1GB of SRAM for a year with no problems. Do I buy another Graphics Card or sacrifice 512MB of SRAM?

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by TheChas In reply to WIN98SE Max SRAM?

Microsoft has 2 different KB articles on maximum RAM for W98.
One says 1GB, the other says 512MB. However, many users have had to back their RAM to under 512MB in order to prevent the RAM related crashes.

It appears to be system dependant. A different video card may or may not allow you to continue with 1GB of RAM.
I suspect, that you will find the problem with all cards of the same chipset.

You can use the work-around mentioned in the articles to limit windows to using just the first511 MB of RAM.

I saw an article where the author claimed that W98 performed best, with the benchmark test he used, with 196MB. Performance decreased with more memory!

Q253**2 is the number for one of the Knowledge base articles.
Q184447 is the other.

Your other option, would be to upgrade to XP.

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by timwalsh In reply to WIN98SE Max SRAM?

Check out the following MS Knowledgebase articles:

"Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed (Q253**2)

PRB: Blue Screen Appears When You Start Computer with 1 GB or More of RAM (Q311871)

Specifying Amount of RAM Available to Windows Using MaxPhysPage (Q181862)

The key may be the second article. Windows 98 and earlier operating systems can physically address 1 GB of RAM. If your video card also shares any RAM on the card (making it available to the system),this would edge over the 1 GB limit and cause the problems you are experiencing.
The answer to your problem may be the third article. By using this setting you can specify the amount of RAM Windows can access. Playing with this setting may allow you to use most of the RAM you have installed (without ditching an entire DIMM) and still use your video card.
FYI: Most of the KB articles relating to maximum RAM suggest a maximum of 512 MB.

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