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    Windows startup problem

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    by xed_b ·

    When I turn on my computer, I get the message that I do not have enough memory to run windows. It suggests looking at config.sys or autoexec.bat, or eliminating memory resident programs, or checking drivers. It then says press any key, and once pressed, it says it is now safe to turn off your computer. Then I switch off the computer power, and start it up again, and it asks me what mode I want to run in. I hit normal, and it starts up fine.

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    • #3878983

      Windows startup problem

      by macgyver.hicks ·

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      Can you give a little more to work with, system specs, ram, processor and OS version?
      How long has this been going on? Is it a very recent problem? It could be a problem with a new program. If it has only been happening a couple of days, you can go back a few days on the registry to before it started Happening (in Win9x).
      1. Reboot and before the Windows splash screen comes up press F8.
      2. From the menu select Command prompt
      3. Type “regscan/restore” (NO QUOTES) and press enter.
      4. Choose a date before the problem started. That is, if it has only been happening recently. You may lose the functionality of any programs that have been installed during that time and any setting changes that you made. Then, you can try each program and/or setting change, rebooting after each change, to see what was the offending culprit.

      • #3857785

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        by xed_b ·

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    • #3878952

      Windows startup problem

      by xed_b ·

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      Running on Win 98, amd athlon 450 processor, 96 meg RAM, We recentle added a 32 meg ram chip to equal our 96, and had trouble getting it to work, and then we discovered this problem.

    • #3880170

      Windows startup problem

      by greg.ahler ·

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      I’d bet that changing the memory modules around, that is, switch their positions, may help. If the memory still causes probs, then I’d look at what is loading during your boot.

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        by xed_b ·

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    • #3879824

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      by shmaltz ·

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      Make sure the hz speed on the new memory is the same as the old one.

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    • #3880637

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      by aronya1 ·

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      The position of your RAM chips “shouldn’t” make any difference, given the age of your system. Have you tried running the system with only the new chip? If it runs fine, you probably have a difference in speeds of your RAM chips. If it doesn’t runright, the chip is likely to be bad. Have it tested. Heck, have it tested anyway! You can rename your AUTOEXEC.BAT & CONFIG.SYS files to test them. Windows does not need them. My money is on the RAM, though. Good luck.

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        by xed_b ·

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    • #3880389

      Windows startup problem

      by nccmbc ·

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      Hi, unless 133mhz RAM modules have changed the rules, it doesn’t matter what speed the chips are. The system will always run at the slowest mhz speed. The only problems you will run into with this, is trying to run the bus speed faster than the memory. In this case, it won’t even boot.

      If I’ve put my head in the sand for the last few month’s, I would be happy to be corrected.

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        by xed_b ·

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    • #3880387

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      by nccmbc ·

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      Oh, and you can test a memory module by installing only the one to be tested. Then you can run a good memory module tester for a few hours, or just use the machine for a few days. If there are any problems with it, you’ll know.

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    • #3857784

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