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emm386 messages on boot
abNORMal Dec-15-00 03:56 PM
When booting, I get the following messages:

(Echo of Config.sys entries)
device=himem.sys
device=emm386.exe

EMM386 not installed - unable to set page frame base address
Press any key when ready ...

(If I press a key or I don't press anything, just wait, the same thing happens)

EMM386 successfully installed
Expanded memory services unavailable
Total upper memory available ..... 42KB
Largest memory block available ... 42KB
Upper memory starting address .... D400 H

EMM386 Active


Then it proceeds with the boot process.

Chkdsk shows
647,162 total byte memory available

A. What's with these messages? I haven't gotten them on other Win 9X computers.
B. Why isn't the total memory available = 655,360 (64K)?


1. RE: emm386 messages on boot
lbyard Dec-15-00 05:21 PM
In response to message 0
The computer is a Dell Inspiron 7000? Larry

2. RE: emm386 messages on boot
abNORMal Dec-15-00 06:17 PM
In response to message 1
Actually, it's a Dell Dimension 4100
733 PIII

3. RE: emm386 messages on boot
lbyard Dec-15-00 07:19 PM
In response to message 2
Bad guess. The Dell Inspiron 7000 has a problem with emm386. Try running a virus scan. If you do not need emm386, rem it out (put rem and space in front of the line with emm386) in the config.sys file, or rem it out and see if your need it. (Win 98 does not need the config.sys or autoexec.bat files to run; something else may need them.) Larry

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