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April 16, 2003 2:15:38 AM

first question someone told me that windows 98 SE doesn't recognize more ram than 256 mb I have 768. Next question is I have been getting "not enough memory message" to run some programs, on the microsoft site my question was answered by telling me to find "win386.swp" file which I did, however I don't know what to do now, it is write protected and can't delete, can't seem to find a program to open it, and I think it is somehow full, when I start or re-start the computer is has about 118,000kb in it after using for a while it has about 150,000kb's and that is when it starts to say not enough memory. any suggestions would be great!

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April 16, 2003 2:52:10 AM

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=27" target="_new">What is the maximum amount of RAM for Windows?</A>

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q253912" target="_new">"Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed</A>

"win386.swp" is the Windows Swap File, or the virtual memory that is on the hard drive. In <i>very</i> basic terms, this is accessed when Windows runs out of physical RAM for the applications on the system. There is really no reason for you to change any of this file's attributes, especially when you didn't know exactly what it was in the first place.

Make the suggested alterations to the system.ini file, and the out-of-memory messages should disappear.

You can also use a program like <A HREF="http://www.outertech.com/index.php?_charisma_page=produ..." target="_new">Cacheman</A> to change the settings to the <A HREF="http://www.frugalsworld.com/tweaking/vcache.shtml" target="_new">VCACHE</A> (disk cache) in the system.ini file so that having this much RAM will work correctly with the system.

However ....

If you intend to have this much RAM in your computer, and want it used in a truly <i>efficient</i> manner, then you should upgrade the operating system to Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

Toey

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