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ok, sometimes when i try to run programs on my computer it gives me the "not enough memory to run program" msg and i don't even have anything running in the background of my computer except sound drivers etc...no msn, no aim, nothing except for the necessary drivers to keep my computer alive...what gives? they seem like small programs to try and run but they just refuse to run...this problem has been plaguing me for a while now, but i mostly ignore it and momentarily feel sad that i can't run certain programs...but i would like to know if there's any way to fix this?
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Hi matey

The only place I can recall getting that message is when trying to load old Dos games - If this is what you're doing, get hold of a program called Dosbox, sorry can't remember the link.

Is it something new, or something old you are trying to run?

Like what 'small programs'?
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I don't know how many times I've seen that popup on a win98 machine. This is what MS calls a "known issue" with the prerelease OEM version of windows98. There are two ways to fix it, there is an update from the microsoft website that cures it, when I was running win98 I had to wait a couple of years before the update finally showed up. If you haven't updated your system I highly recommend that you do, you only have another year to get MS updates for 98.

The other and better way is to get a win98se upgrade disk and upgrade to that. :tazz:
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weird...ok cool...i think i have updated recently during one of my many re-installations of windows....i'll try going to the site again tho...i dunno if i have an SE disk laying around tho :tazz:

oh well...thanks guys
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I have the same problem except I have 1g ram, W98SE and it is as update as I can get it. My problem is, when trying to 'defrag' the hard drive the error 'not enough memory' comes up.

Any ideas?

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dlw: one of the problems is you have 1GB of RAM. Windows 98 doesn't do well with that much RAM. Depending on who you talk to you get reduced performance after either 384MB RAM or 512 MB RAM. There are some tweeks you could do but unfortunately I've never messed with them so I could tell you for sure what they are/were.

xrollerchimpx : When win98 talks about "not enough memory" it isn't always talking about the same thing. Besides what was mentioned by the others you also want to check that your hard drive isn't getting full. Also win98 was prone to " memory leaks". the system wouldn't release the ram back to the system after a program terminated. if you had been running something prior to getting your messages, try shutting down and then run that program without loading anything else first.

good luck
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In the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove Programs", section "Windows installation" or similar, you can install the System Monitor and one other monitoring tool.
One of these monitors the memory, and not just how much is free, but also how much GDI memory and so on is available. Windows 9x had some other names for the dedicated memory as well, but please install this program and tell us what type of memory you have a problem with. That will most likely help a bit more.

/Rob
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well, there's no chance my hd is getting full...i have a 2gb drive which is dedicated ONLY to windows...nothing else, except maybe firefox is on that drive...i did this becausei had to keep re-installing due to malware/virii totally screwing things up with a recurring problem each time i installed but i finally weeded that problem out...and i have another harddrive with everything else on it that's like 70GB and it's not even close to full, maybe using 20GB TOPS on that drive...i'll try that memory thing u mentioned as well beast...although i did download a ram monitoring program which said i had 78% resources free when it was saying not enough memory :tazz:

Edited by xrollerchimpx, 23 June 2005 - 11:48 AM.

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ok i installed the resource meter and it's saying 70% +/- resources free for everything...and the system monitor is at around 30-45 just idling on this page but spikes up to about 85 when i opened iexplorer
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