Solved Some help with Emulators

July 14, 2017 at 19:44:30
Specs: Windows, Trying to achieve less than 4 megabytes
This is the dumbest thing ever but how do I set less than 4 megabytes of memory for my virtual machine, I know I can't do it in the program but as in the way of editing a file. As for I use VMware but their signing up process for their website to ask for help is too extensive and I need to input information I don't know so I am now here asking a dumb question, if VMware doesn't have such a solution and a program such as Virtualbox or even Microsoft PC 2007 tell me about it and how to do the "less than four megabytes of memory", thanks.

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July 16, 2017 at 20:28:57
Why less than 4 MB?

When I see a limit imposed by software I tend to believe there is a good reason and simply accept it. There may be a technical reason for this but I would not expect it to be documented. As 4 MB is a trivial amount of memory on most systems and is well below the minimum for just about any OS I would need a compelling reason to even considering overriding the limit.

Such limits can often be broken if you try hard enough ( wouldn't know how). But as in the real world when you force things there is a tendency for them to break. "Break" can have all sorts of meanings but the results can be assumed to be unpleasant.



#1
July 16, 2017 at 02:15:37
Are you using VMware Player?
Select the Virtual Machine you want to edit
In the "Edit Virtual Machine Settings" panel set the Memory to the desired value.
Also other devices can be added, removed and edited

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July 16, 2017 at 05:31:36
Yes I am using VMware player (Non-Commerical Use) version though.

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#3
July 16, 2017 at 06:23:04
"Memory must be 4 Mb or more." So what about editing a file?

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#4
July 16, 2017 at 10:07:53
Any particular reason why you want less than 4MB RAM for your guest? I think that that's the minimum for all these virtualization programs.

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#5
July 16, 2017 at 16:18:34
Where does it say "Memory must be 4 Mb or more."?
On installation of VMware?
What guest OS are you trying to install?

The host PC should have more than 4GB memory. Every guest OS will take up memory when it runs.
What purpose does the guest OS have? Set the Guest memory to the recommended value (1 or 2 GB) to start with. You can adjust it later if needed.
Your Host PC should be multicore CPU. More cores is better performance.


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July 16, 2017 at 20:28:57
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Why less than 4 MB?

When I see a limit imposed by software I tend to believe there is a good reason and simply accept it. There may be a technical reason for this but I would not expect it to be documented. As 4 MB is a trivial amount of memory on most systems and is well below the minimum for just about any OS I would need a compelling reason to even considering overriding the limit.

Such limits can often be broken if you try hard enough ( wouldn't know how). But as in the real world when you force things there is a tendency for them to break. "Break" can have all sorts of meanings but the results can be assumed to be unpleasant.


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July 19, 2017 at 19:53:36
Not sure if Windows 3.11 can handle 2 Gigs of ram :-P
Spoiler Alert: it cannot accept more than 256 MB
( then why did I post this follow-up?)

message edited by lol.


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#8
July 19, 2017 at 21:50:07
The recommended memory for Win 3.1(1) is set to 16MB. You won't need more for this an ancient OS.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-au...

Did you get the OS to run on the VMplayer?
You may notice the VM is using a constant (high?) CPU load even in DOS mode. The OS does not idle well.

If you want to run legacy software, try Win98 for better results.


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July 20, 2017 at 00:43:30
2GB might be a problem, but I don't think that any operating system would object to 4MB.

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