Win98 & Ram capability

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greetings.

win98 dual-boot xp pro.
currently have 256 Ram.
tomorrow i will be taking out the 256 stick and putting in
a 512 stick.
it is a deal between a friend and myself, but for a couple of
dollars i can keep the 256 stick as well.

my post here is relating to some other posts i have seen here on
and off over the last 6months regarding how much Ram win98 can
handle or be comfortable with.
i know it would be good to have more Ram for xp, and hence keep
my 256 stick as well as the 512, but i recall reading that win98 has
problems dealing with it.

advice very welcome as i must make my decision tomorrow.

A K M
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    "A K Mendel" <Mendel@netcity.com> wrote in message
    news:eDJy8HCPFHA.4064@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > greetings.
    >
    > win98 dual-boot xp pro.
    > currently have 256 Ram.
    > tomorrow i will be taking out the 256 stick and putting in
    > a 512 stick.
    > it is a deal between a friend and myself, but for a couple of
    > dollars i can keep the 256 stick as well.
    >
    > my post here is relating to some other posts i have seen here on
    > and off over the last 6months regarding how much Ram win98 can
    > handle or be comfortable with.
    > i know it would be good to have more Ram for xp, and hence keep
    > my 256 stick as well as the 512, but i recall reading that win98 has
    > problems dealing with it.
    >
    > advice very welcome as i must make my decision tomorrow.
    >
    > A K M
    >
    >

    above 512mb ram

    [VCACHE] section of SYSTEM.INI
    maxfilecache=522240
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    Are you *certain* this new stick of RAM is the right stuff for your
    machine?

    --
    Gary S. Terhune
    MS MVP Shell/User
    http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
    http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

    "A K Mendel" <Mendel@netcity.com> wrote in message
    news:eDJy8HCPFHA.4064@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > greetings.
    >
    > win98 dual-boot xp pro.
    > currently have 256 Ram.
    > tomorrow i will be taking out the 256 stick and putting in
    > a 512 stick.
    > it is a deal between a friend and myself, but for a couple of
    > dollars i can keep the 256 stick as well.
    >
    > my post here is relating to some other posts i have seen here on
    > and off over the last 6months regarding how much Ram win98 can
    > handle or be comfortable with.
    > i know it would be good to have more Ram for xp, and hence keep
    > my 256 stick as well as the 512, but i recall reading that win98 has
    > problems dealing with it.
    >
    > advice very welcome as i must make my decision tomorrow.
    >
    > A K M
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    > above 512mb ram
    >
    > [VCACHE] section of SYSTEM.INI
    > maxfilecache=522240
    >

    thanks.
    is it necessary to adapt the above within both
    operating sys.

    A K M
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    "A K Mendel" <Mendel@netcity.com> wrote in message
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    >
    >> above 512mb ram
    >>
    >> [VCACHE] section of SYSTEM.INI
    >> maxfilecache=522240
    >>
    >
    > thanks.
    > is it necessary to adapt the above within both
    > operating sys.
    >
    > A K M
    >
    >

    only win98 ...XP can handle it
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    Gary S. Terhune, MVP, that is a great point. I hope the user got their ram
    from a place like crucial where you can make sure the ram is compatible for
    your machine. My customized Falcon-Northwest machine which I recently
    upgraded myself with the help of some friends who are engineers and now my
    machine is humming along without a hiccup with 98SE and 512 mb's of DDR ram
    and an ATI 9200 8x AGP video card with a seperate 128 mb's of video ram. The
    strange thing is if you add the overall system ram and video ram you get 640
    mb's total ram which is the same number of 640 that my IBM PCjr had except in
    mb's and not kb's. LOL!!, Okay at least it was amusing to me. <smile> You
    can check out the above post where XP SP2 in NTFS got hacked. The fortunate
    thing is 98SE was not affected because it was on a seperate physical and
    hidden hard drive in Fat32. It was also saved because of the power of the 9x
    source code, the latest security updates from Microsoft for 98SE on their
    Microsoft Windows Update site and the fact that although the Hardware router
    was bypassed with admin and admin. -- still Zone Alarm Pro. held its ground
    and withstood a hack attempt that originated from the government of China
    with a threat level of almost 18,000. I guess someone does'nt want me to do
    my work on a more secure source code for Longhorn. I will probably send more
    details of my work through Robear, MVP since he is a MVP in charge of
    security matters. Currently, Microsoft is assisting me greatly and I spent a
    total of several hours talking to technicians in Canada and India on the
    matter of security in XP SP2. My letter to Bill Gates on the matter will
    soon be in the mail along with why XP SP2 is not as secure as one may think.
    I think I have a rebuttal for most if not all the 10 points on why XP SP2 is
    more secure than a fully updated 98SE with ZoneAlarm PRO, Norton Antivirus
    and SpySweeper by Webroot. I hope to hear from Robear soon. In the
    meantime, Microsoft has been awesome in getting me up and running again and
    anyway I do not want to waste anymore of your time but I appreciate you being
    my mentor and I am sure we will keep in touch. Well anyway, back to 98 and
    98SE and Ram capability. I think the most ram that 98SE can accomate is
    about 1.5 gigabytes of ram but this is only with special tweaks and the most
    Microsoft supports in their website is 1 gigabyte of ram. If you go above 1
    gigabyte of ram for 98SE then the user is on their own. AFAIK, 98SE is also
    limited to a 137 gigabyte hard drive but this limitation can be overcome with
    a hardware solution of a controller card. I do not remember the speed limit
    of 98SE in terms of CPU (Central Processing Unit) speed but as far as I know,
    98SE cannot take advantage of Hyperthreading since this technology needs a
    more sophisticated and complicated operating system like XP PRO. SP2 but 98SE
    will still run with Hyperthreading and it will just not use that technology.
    Finally, 98SE support expires on 30 June 2006 and then I hope the source code
    will be given or sold to the open source community or become part of a
    Classic series that Microsoft unveils and Tucson, Arizona as a test market
    gladly accepts the opportunity to see if anyone will buy a revamped 98SE. In
    my humble opinion, it is a sure moneymaker and even if it does end up costing
    Microsoft a few thousand or even a few million then they will still have my
    grateful hearfelt and appreciative response for trying. Anyway, wait till
    Longhorn which should be in stores by 2007.

    "Gary S. Terhune" wrote:

    > Are you *certain* this new stick of RAM is the right stuff for your
    > machine?
    >
    > --
    > Gary S. Terhune
    > MS MVP Shell/User
    > http://www.grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
    > http://www.grystmill.com/articles/security.htm
    >
    > "A K Mendel" <Mendel@netcity.com> wrote in message
    > news:eDJy8HCPFHA.4064@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > > greetings.
    > >
    > > win98 dual-boot xp pro.
    > > currently have 256 Ram.
    > > tomorrow i will be taking out the 256 stick and putting in
    > > a 512 stick.
    > > it is a deal between a friend and myself, but for a couple of
    > > dollars i can keep the 256 stick as well.
    > >
    > > my post here is relating to some other posts i have seen here on
    > > and off over the last 6months regarding how much Ram win98 can
    > > handle or be comfortable with.
    > > i know it would be good to have more Ram for xp, and hence keep
    > > my 256 stick as well as the 512, but i recall reading that win98 has
    > > problems dealing with it.
    > >
    > > advice very welcome as i must make my decision tomorrow.
    > >
    > > A K M
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
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