'Low Resouces' Even After Adding More RAM?

  prima12 18:59 28 Feb 2007
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Hi all, I not sure whether the two things are related or not. If I spend a lot of time 'surfing' I can sometimes be warned that 'sytem resources are low' and do I wish to close certain programmes. I thought, perhaps wrongly, that this may have been due to insufficient RAM and installed an additional 512Mb of DDR RAM.I have done a 'system scan' from Crucial and that indicates that I have one 256Mb, and one 512Mb memory cards installed, but 'My Computer System Properties' tells me that I have only 224Mb of RAM.
I am running Win98se, AMD Athlon XP 1700+ (1.4Ghz),224Mb Ram.
I did a search on the site 'Low Resources' and ran a 'memtest 33', what results should I be getting from this test, I get a lot of numbers down the lefthand side of the page but nothing else happens, is this correct? P.

  Diodorus Siculus 19:04 28 Feb 2007

When you boot the PC, do you get an indication of the amount of RAM present? What does the bios recognise?

Do you by any chance have MS Word installed>

  I am Spartacus 19:04 28 Feb 2007

Win98 can't 'deal' with more than 512MB RAM. Explanation and workaround at click here

  Diodorus Siculus 19:05 28 Feb 2007

Oh, and are you sure the 512MB module is installed correctly? Will the PC run with just that one installed? Win98 gnerally won't use more than 512mb.

  brundle 19:06 28 Feb 2007

Windows 98 doesn't deal with more than 512mb properly, try something like Cacheman to manage memory more effectively ; click here

  woodchip 19:09 28 Feb 2007

512 is the Limit for 98se, any more can slow your computer down.

  woodchip 19:17 28 Feb 2007

Have you tried Clearing some of the Startup items from MSCONFIG. Keep that thinned down like I do on 98se, and you should not have the problem

  prima12 19:19 28 Feb 2007

Thanks all I'll answer the questions as they appear.
Yes I think the bios does read 768Mb on start up, and I do have Word installed.
I have printed off the information from MS Support and will read it shortly.
Would the advice be to remove one of the memory cards and run only with 512Mb? P.

  I am Spartacus 19:21 28 Feb 2007

I would say yes.

  woodchip 19:22 28 Feb 2007

Yes that will help. But you need to check MSCONFIG in the Run Box then go to startup tab and and look at what is starting with your computer at boot

  prima12 19:30 28 Feb 2007

I believe that the only programmes I have running in Msconfig are necessary ones, but......
One other thing, my original memory speed was/is PC2100, the memory which Crucial advised I could use is PC2700, will this make a difference if I remove the original 256Mb card? P.

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