The computer shop that built my Athlon 1400 offered me another 512MB DRAM to bring the total system memory up to 1GB (2 x 512). However, when I install the extra chip, Windows 98 reboots halfway through bootup. I don't know if the same will happen in Linux, as I am trying to get my setup perfect before I install a Linux partition.
I have tried swapping the chips around and both of them work on their own, so it can't be fault memory. I have also tried putting the chips in different sockets, but all to no avail.
Yeah I'd be interested to know if you can do a Win 98 --> Win 2k upgrade as well.
And what about compatibility problems? If I run Win 2k, can I use all my existing 98 software, or will there be a few problems? The reason I still have 98 on my system, alongside Linux, is to guarantee compatibility with virtually any Windows software I need to run, in the event that I can't find a Linux alternative. If Win 2k has significantly reduced compatibility, then it kinda defeats the object of all this...
I believe W2K is as compatible with most software, its just the correct software. Every time I download something I get asked if its for W2K, W98 etc. I think this alone may be our answer. Need to re-load different versions of software for different operating systems.
what do you maen that is is not as easy it is just as easy the only problem is that you have compile ntfs fileing system suport into the kernel. other than htat is is not different. at one point i was booting between 98 win2k pro, and redhat 7.2
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January 21, 2002 4:02:16 AM
The new memory is probably defective if Windows won't boot. Try testing it by setting the BIOS to do a full memory scan on startup versus a quick test. If that passes, then take out the old good module and try booting Win98 on just the new one. If it won't boot on remaining 512 MB then the new DIMM is probably defective. Take it back for a replacement. Windows 98 will boot on 1024 MB of RAM, but will only use the first 512 MB.
I have heard of people creating large RAM disk in the config.sys as a means to use up the excess memory capacity. You can then create your Windows swap file in the new RAM drive. The last thing you want to do is install Windows XP on an unstable system.