I have a multi-boot system. One of the O/S's is Windows 98 SE; it's
used exclusively for testing. (I own MS Virtual PC, but it's always a
good idea to be able to test in a native install.)
When I upgraded my PC from 512 MB to 1.25 GB of RAM, I followed the
instructions in MSKB 304943 ("Computer May Reboot Continuously with
More Than 1.5 GB of RAM") and MSKB 184447 ("Error Message:
Insufficient Memory to Initialize Windows") to be able to boot. I also
heeded MSKB 253912 ("Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts
of RAM Installed") to get DOS apps to run.
Specifically, in the [386Enh] section of SYSTEM.INI, I added the line
"MaxPhysPage8000". Article 304943 recommended 40000, but the system
wouldn't boot with that value.
To get DOS apps to work, a section [vcache] was added to SYSTEM.INI
with the line, "MaxFileCache&2144". Article 253912 recommended
524288, but that didn't work.
I just upgraded my system from 1.25 GB to 2 GB. Windows 98 SE won't
boot with the settings that worked with 1.25 GB. When it starts up, I
see a black screen. If I press any keys, I see a series of blue
screens. If I reboot and try Safe Mode, I see the message that starts
"Insufficient memory to initialize Windows." I tried drastically
reducing the MaxPhysPage and MaxFileCache values, but that had no
effect. AUTOEXEC.BAT has been reduced to a single keyb command;
CONFIG.SYS has been completely REMmed out.
There is no problem with the RAM. There are two identical modules --
same manufacturer and specs. My other native O/S's boot just fine.
Nothing is being overclocked.
I'm not trying to get Windows 98 SE to use all the installed RAM. In
fact, I don't care how little RAM it uses as long as it boots. Can
anything else be done to get Windows 98 SE to boot with 2 GB of RAM?
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