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First: Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Wasn't quite sure as I'm a relatively new user here.

Problem: I've been told that Win 98 se and 1 gig or more of onboard memory are incompatible. Is this true? Is there a way around it. I know it sounds minor, but I love my 3d home architect program and it keeps locking up. I'm not sure if it is the memory, I only have 768, the graphics or the whole system. I want better performance. Like I've said before, I've had Win XP and really despised it. I don't know what I'm going to do when my 98 just won't do it anymore. For all I know that is the real problem. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'm also having IE issues and blue screen fatal oe errors, posted them elsewhere. Here is my system:
CPU Type AMD Athlon MP, 900 MHz (9 x 100)
Motherboard Name PCChips M848A (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset SiS 748
System Memory 768 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (07/15/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (F5UZ4C131277U)

Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (CT4751) Sound Card

IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-CFC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-SMC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MMC
Disk Drive IC USB Storage-MSC
Optical Drive LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S (DVD+R9:2.4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

C: (FAT32) 117211 MB (107236 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse Logitech HID-compliant Marble Mouse
Mouse Logitech-compatible Mouse (PS/2)

Network Adapter 2Wire Gateway USB (
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.

Printer hp officejet 5500 ser (Copy 2)
Printer hp officejet 5500 series fax
Printer hp officejet 5500 series
USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
USB1 Controller SiS 7001 PCI-USB Open Host Controller
USB2 Controller SiS 7002 USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Device 2Wire Gateway USB
USB Device Generic USB Hub
USB Device hp officejet 5500 series (DOT4USB)
USB Device hp officejet 5500 series
USB Device IC Card Reader Driver
USB Device officejet 5500 (USBHUB)
USB Device officejet 5500 (USBPRINT)
USB Device USB Marble Mouse
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In theory, Windows 98 will support up to 4Gb of memory.

In practice, Win98 dates from a time where you'd be considered "speed cruising" with a machine with 256Mb in it, but the general consensus was 128Mb-192Mb.

Due to limitations with the core of 98, it doesn't like anything bigger than 512Mb and some programs just don't want to know past 512Mb.

Are you aware that you can customise XP to an extent that it looks, feels and acts like Windows 98? That machine is more than capable of running XP. Does your architect program not work on XP? It might well be that this is a program that doesn't like running on a system with more than 512Mb of RAM.

Having googled your motherboard model, that board doesn't have onboard graphics so that's not an issue here.

Try this if you haven't already:

This might be interesting:
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Thank you for the links! I found the information in there incredibly helpful and will try it. As to XP, look and feel are not the same as function and for me it is overburdened with things I don't need. So, I will keep my 98 and tweaking it until I have no other choice but to learn linux. Thanks again for the great help!
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