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Old 08-17-01, 12:04 PM
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ram problems-do I have "too much"?

I have heard on here you can have too much ram for a windows
operating system to handle. Is this what happened to me?

I had 128megs in my PIII-500 running windows 98se. I got
an additional 256 and put that in. Now, when the computer is left to run overnight, and I go to use it in the morning, I have a blue
sceen with an error and a "press any key" prompt. No matter how many time I press a key, another message comes up. I end up restarting the computer.

So did I just screw myself by adding too much ram? is there a problem with the ram itself (its pc100 which is what it should
be for my mb).

How much can I safely have in this computer? If I go up to ME
will it be aby better? Should I just give up and totally upgrade to

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Old 08-17-01, 01:07 PM
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I beleave 98 has a ram limit before it either stops using it or performance degrades slightly (256 megs rings a bell). Shouldn't cause the problem your seeing though (unless the ram is bad)..

2000 will use all the memory it can get, and it runs alot smoother then 98. Upgrading is really a personal discision. Does 2000 support everything you use? Is it worth the 100 bucks to you?

95/98 and me are not really designed to be left on for extended periods (although many people do with no problems), over night really isnt an extended period, but something that was running may have crapped out... 2000 is designed to meet the 99.9% uptime requirement for critical workstations/servers..
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I believe this link should help you
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Old 08-17-01, 11:02 PM
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Simple adding RAM should not be give you the BSOD. A slight degrade in system performance in Win98/ME? Yes maybe, but it shouldnt be causing you to restart your computer.
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It sounds to me that you either got a bad stick of memory or they are both good and just do not like each other which is causing the BSOD
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so should I try to pull out the 128 and see how the system
reacts with just the 256?

I can always stick the 128 in my girlfriend's computer...
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Strange deal.

Yeah, try it with just the 256 installed, and see if you still BSOD. If so, you may have a bad stick of RAM.
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Old 08-18-01, 11:59 PM
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Originally posted by mvc

I believe this link should help you
That link is for people with more than 512MB. He only has 384.

As far as I know, the OS doesn't degrade with too much memory, but instead the performance gains drop off sharply. It is older motherboard chip sets that caused the degrade in speed with more memory, because they couldn't handle it.

"Under Windows 98, an upgrade from 64 to 128 MB RAM yields almost an 8% performance increase. An additional upgrade to 256 MB, however, yields much less - the possible additional boost is under 2%. "
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i suspect two things a bad dimm or settings that are too fast for the dimm. what are your cas settings in the bios? try backing down to cas 3 and see if it helps.

you do not have too much ram- I have 512 MB running in my win 98se system with no problems.
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I can't find the article right now, but Microsoft admitted several weeks ago that Windows 98/ME has a serious problem with memory leakage on machines that have over 256MB RAM installed. So putting anything over that amount really doesn't help much at all, and can degrade your system performance!

I'll try and dig up that article if I can find it...
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