|That's an athlon 900 that can take up to 256 meg of ram in each of its two slots for a total of 512. It's designed for PC100 ram but almost always PC133 will work. If yours doesn't then it's either bad or low quality. You can go to a place like crucial.com to find out exactly what your system can handle and you can order some there as well. But unless you want to sink more money into an old ME machine consider that ME doesn't benefit from gobs of ram the way XP and newer OS's do so you may want to just put another 128 meg stick in and bring it up to a total of 256.|
The 160 gig drive was probably a mistake. For drives larger than about 128 gig the motherboard needs to be 48-bit LBA compliant, otherwise it won't properly see the drive. I doubt your motherboard is compliant. Sometimes it will only see the drive's capacity as the difference between the its stated capacity and 128 gig, which in your case would be 32 gig. That may be why you believe that ME only allows 32 gig partitions (not 'par tensions').
You can get around that with an ATA add on card. The card is 48-bit LBA compliant and you connect the drive there. The other way is to use a bios/drive overlay. Most people would choose the card and they're fairly cheap on ebay.
As far as the partitions on the 160 gig drive, don't go above 128 gig. I know some of the 98 commands don't work right on partitions above that size and I think the same is true for ME. So maybe something like 100 gig for the primary and 60 gig for an extended partition.
I assume your recovery disks will work once you get the drive set up properly but occasionally recovery disks are sensitive to a different sized partition and may not want to install.
Ding dong the witch is dead. . . .