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Computer May Reboot Continuously with More Than 1.5 GB of RAM
Article ID: 304943 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q304943
If your computer has more than 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of memory (RAM), the computer may reboot continuously when you try to start Windows Millennium Edition (Me) or Windows 98.
Or, when you try to install Windows Me or Windows 98 with more than 1.5 GB of RAM installed, Setup may stop responding (hang) or reboot continuously.
Windows Me and Windows 98 are not designed to handle more than 1 GB of RAM. More than 1 GB can lead to potential system instability.
To work around this issue, add the following line to the [386enh] section of the System.ini file:
MaxPhysPage=40000This limits the amount of physical RAM that Windows can access to 1 GB. To add this line, use the following steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/181862/EN-US/ )Specifying Amount of RAM Available to Windows Using MaxPhysPage
For additional information about memory limitations in Windows Me and Windows 98, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/253912/EN-US/ )"Out of Memory" Error Messages with Large Amounts of RAM Installed
184447Note that decreasing the size of VCache as mentioned in Q253912 does not resolve this particular issue.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/184447/EN-US/ )Error Message: Insufficient Memory to Initialize Windows