RAM WHAT'S THE MIMIMUM FOR RUNNING WINDOWS 98/ME ?

  great1 14:55 22 Oct 2003
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A FRIEND HAS BEEN TOLD TO REPLACE HIS HD BECAUSE HIS PC KEEPS FREEZING.HE HAS REFORMATTED HIS HD AND REINSTALLED WINDOWS TWICE BUT THE PROBLEM PERSISTS

THE PC IS THREE YEARS OLD RUNNING W98 OR ME BUT ONLY HAS 64MB RAM. WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A TAD ON LEAN SIDE.

SO I WAS THINKING THAT AN INCREASE IN RAM MIGHT SOLVE HIS PROBLEM WITHOUT THE INCONVENIENCE AND EXPENCE OF REPLACING THE HD.

THANKS

  woodchip 15:01 22 Oct 2003

It will work OK with 64mb but can go to 512mb but most do not need it, and it is money down the drain. Most do not need more than 256mb

  Mango Grummit 15:07 22 Oct 2003

I ran ME for quite a while on 64mb with no problems at all. After about 8 or 9 months when I upgraded and added several bits n bobs I increased ram to 256mb at that time.

64 is OK -- 256 is better and I believe, as woody says, more than that is a waste of £sheckle for 98 or ME.

  great1 15:14 22 Oct 2003

SORRY SHOULD HAVE ADDED THAT THE PROBLEM SEEMS TO HAPPEN WHEN HIS DAUGHTER IR PLAYING SIMS

  pj123 15:22 22 Oct 2003

Win 98SE will actually run in 32mb RAM, but if you want to start playing games it is the game that decides how much ram is needed. Plus, of course, the speed of the processor. The box that the game came in should tell you the minimum requirements it need. So, the next question is what speed is the processor on this computer?

  woodchip 17:33 22 Oct 2003

The problem is more likely the graphic's card, You may be able to download newer drivers for it

  spikeychris 17:49 22 Oct 2003

Sims reckon you need Memory requirements:
At least 128MB if you are running Windows 98,

You will need a CPU of 600Mhz or faster for all those 3D graphics!

Screen resolution:
You will need at least 800x600, 1024x768, and higher resolutions. "Lower
performance machines are advised to run in lower resolution as usual".

PS I've run 98 on 16Meg

  graham√ 17:52 22 Oct 2003

Please stop shouting, I've got one of my heads now.

  woodchip 20:11 22 Oct 2003

Get your dark glasses on

  The Spires 20:37 22 Oct 2003

I don't think new members always realise that using capitals is shouting, I wasn't born with that knowledge.

  Gongoozler 20:43 22 Oct 2003

In the old days when I was young(er), and RAM was VERY expensive, 16M was considered a luxury. Since then software writers have assumed that we have large hard drives and lots of memory, so we now have to have at least 128M for anything to run smoothly, but as long as you don't mind waiting for your computer to write to and read from the hard drive 64M should be fine.

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