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OK, Windows 98 is all I have for quite some time.... My specs are in my sig.
My computer constantly wants to use all of my RAM. I play BF1942 for 15 minutes and it locks up. OMG It almost did it again....
BTW I know there is no spyware, adware or Viruses.... HELP?
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Windows 95/98 Instability
Microsoft Windows 95/98 is not an extremely stable operating system. Unlike the older Windows NT or the newer Windows 2000, which were designed for extremely secure and extremely stable use on corporate networks, Windows 95 was designed for unsecured stand-alone home use, as well as for maximum compatibility with older hardware and software. As a result, Windows 95 sometimes locks up or crashes for no apparent reason. Windows 98, a newer, better version of Windows 95, was built upon Windows 95's basic software architecture, so it suffers from the same lack of stability. While I can often go for several days without my Windows 98 PC suffering a crash or a lock-up, many people suffer either a crash or a lock-up at least once each day. This is partly due to the fact that, by design, Windows 95/98 has a limited ability to allocate system resources (like memory), no matter how much RAM memory is in your PC. In other words, even if you have 256MB of RAM memory, it is possible for Windows 95/98 to "run out of memory" if you have many applications running at the same time. What is the solution? You could upgrade to the significantly more stable, significantly more complicated, significantly more expensive Windows 2000 corporate operating system, which has an unlimited ability to allocate system resources. Unfortunately, because compatibility with older hardware and software was not an important consideration when Windows 2000 was designed, it may not recognise your PC's older sound card, modem, scanner, network card, or other devices. All things considered, you might be better off living with the problems for now and waiting for Microsoft to develop a more stable operating system for home use.
The above quote was taken from here.

My suggested solution is to use a RAM "optimiser" like this one, which will free up your RAM when your system has allocated all or most of it. It does mean running another program on your system, but that is mitigated by the system stability it should provide for you. There are other Free RAM "optimisers" out there, but this one looks to be one of the best.

Hope this helps.

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You may also want to Tone down some of the processes your runnig. Also check out my windows FAQ'S in my sig as alot of the procedures in it can be use with Windows 98
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Lol, yea guys. If you didn't notice, this is a 2 month old thread, and he's already upgraded to Windows XP Professional.
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Lol, yea guys. If you didn't notice, this is a 2 month old thread, and he's already upgraded to Windows XP Professional.
Lol good point i never really look at the date lol..Owel he got helped ..Better late than never lol
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1) Go to "Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Setup -> System Tools -> Add System Monitor".
2) Run System Monitor.
3) Click "Edit -> Add item -> Memory Manager -> Swapfile Size".
4) Clock "Ok".
5) Leave "System Monitor" open and go about using your computer as you normally do (run the game that is causing it to lock up).
6) After you run the game, and before it locks up, exit it and try to check the "Peak Value" for your Swapfile size. The size is given in bytes so you have to divide it by 1024 two times to get megabytes.
7) Now go to "Control Panel -> System -> Performance -> Virtual Memory" and click on "Let me specify my own settings". Set the minimum value to your number from step 6.
8) Restart.

Windows will control your swap file again, but you will notice it uses your "Min" value.
This means it will not need to expand the swap file (for the most part) during usage or heavy gaming. But, unlike if you set a "Max", if you need more virtual memory for some reason it will let the swap file grow.

**Edit : Lol didn't notice it was an old thread either.
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Dont bash them for answering an unanswered thread. They just resolved a thread. And in the future if someone searches for windows 98 problems and they will get this thread that has a answer for the question.

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Originally Posted by SpookedJunglist
Dont bash them for answering an unanswered thread. They just resolved a thread. And in the future if someone searches for windows 98 problems and they will get this thread that has a answer for the question.

Keep up the good work guys. Reps for you
Wow to be honest i never saw it in that way..Good point mate. Like you said people May come across this thread and be helped by it.
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Originally Posted by SpookedJunglist
Dont bash them for answering an unanswered thread. They just resolved a thread. And in the future if someone searches for windows 98 problems and they will get this thread that has a answer for the question.

Keep up the good work guys. Reps for you
Yes. I'm all for answering un-answered threads, but I wasn't bashing, but rather notifying that his issue (more than likely) had been fixed considering that there wasn't a bump for the thread (as there usually is).

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LOL! I didn't look at the thread date either! LOL!

Oh well, as said, if somebody else has the same problem and does a search, they'll find the solutions they need .

Thanks for the REPs btw

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