insufficient memory to load win 98

January 15, 2011 at 08:47:36
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I have a Dell Precision 670 and I'm trying to load Windows 98 then I'll upgrade to XP. I get an error after installing 98. I have 2 1 gig sticks of of DDR2 installed in the machine. I've been at this for a week and a half with no luck. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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January 15, 2011 at 09:01:40
Win98 only supports up to 512MB RAM unless you alter the vcache settings in the system.ini file. But this has to be done AFTER Win98 is installed & the initial install has to be performed with 512MB or less memory. It's also possible that Win98 isn't supported on your system due to modern hardware that wasn't in existence when your system was built.

You can install XP directly from the upgrade disk with no previous version of windows installed. Here's how:

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January 15, 2011 at 10:17:48
Yeah, probably best to install XP directly but if you do install 98 first, remove as much ram as you can. The 512 meg is not an absolute limit and you may be able to do the install with a gig of ram. But you can't run 98 successfully with more than 512 unless you make the adjustments Mickliq mentioned.

Also with 98 first edition there's a problem with cpus faster than 2.2 gig:

And there's a problem with 98 scandisk and I think defrag and maybe other utilities on partitions larger than 127.53 gig:

Any or all of the above may be contributing to the problem.

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January 15, 2011 at 14:57:02
Yes, the MS W98 message for too much RAM is "insufficient memory", long story LOL.

Under the [VCACHE] line in system.ini you insert:
(or less).

I've never tried but think it likely that you would get away with it after install if you used a Linux Live CD to amend that file. It is in C:\Windows.

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January 15, 2011 at 20:50:09
Your server has a 160GB SATA hard drive and a Xeon processor.

Win98 can't configure SATA controllers. There are a host of other issues including the RAM issue discussed above. Win98 is not a 48 bit LBA compatible operating system.

Follow the link in #1. That should work unless your version of Win98 is the original, and not SE, which may not be a qualifying product for an upgrade to WinXP.

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