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Windows 98 Startup Issue

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by ddamparec98, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. ddamparec98

    ddamparec98 Thread Starter

    Jan 7, 2013
    Hello All,

    I am having a RAM issue with Windows 98 SE. I formated my computer with Windows 98 SE. After formating, my computer restarts. On startup, I see the Windows 98 SE splash screen and then I get a black screen with the following startup error:

    "Insufficient memory to initialize windows.

    Quit one or more memory-resident programs or remove unnecessary utilities
    from your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files, and restart your computer.

    Press any key to continue..."

    I am running 2 GB of RAM. If I press any key on my keyboard, it automatically shuts down my computer and if I don't press any key to continue, it shuts down my computer automatically as well.:mad: Because of this boot problem I can't acess safe mode, I would get the same error message if I did. Can anyone please help me with this annoying problem? :confused:

    If it helps, I can access BIOS, thats the only thing I can do basically.

    Thanks a billion,
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 9, 2005
    Win 98se is not designed to handle more than 1.0 Gb of RAM.
    Reduce the amount of Ram installed.

    Also the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT Files are not needed to run 98se and if you could get into safe mode - most entries could be disabled.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    If I recall correctly, 512 MB of RAM is the most you want to use with Windows 98SE.

    Using more than that will generate "out of memory" messages.

  4. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Account Closed

    Nov 11, 2002
    You can have more but you have to limit what 98 sees.
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