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In need of some help | windows 98 laptop | syndicate wars

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by elh_2009, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. elh_2009


    Joined: May 9, 2009

    Posts: 729

    A couple of years back I had a urge to play some classic PC games from my youth, mostly championship manager 00-01. So I got myself a windows 98 laptop, it's a Pentium 4 with 1gb of ram.

    I'm trying to install Syndicate wars and am getting a not enough memory error. I read that windows 98 struggles with 1gb or more of ram. I changed the vcache in system.ini to some settings I found online, it now let's me load the installer but instantly crashes

    Any help please!
  2. Armageus


    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 9,630

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

  3. elh_2009


    Joined: May 9, 2009

    Posts: 729

    Yeah I should really look on GOG for most of my retro fix but the nostalgia isnt quite the same
  4. m4cc45


    Joined: Mar 10, 2003

    Posts: 6,349

    Windows 98 should be fine with more than 1GB memory so I'd buy some more memory if the laptop supports it.

  5. elh_2009


    Joined: May 9, 2009

    Posts: 729

    Surley 1GB is enough? why is it crashing as soon as the installer launches?
  6. LewisRaz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 23, 2016

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    Location: North Essex

    take 512mb of ram out.
    98 has issues with over 512mb. Mine wont even boot with more than that.
  7. mmj_uk


    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 22,593

    Yeah I read the same as LewisRaz and iirc that limit includes GPU memory, it's an addressing problem I think.

    You have to remember that back in 2000/01 GPU's had 32-64MB and most systems probably had 128MB-256MB system RAM, by the time systems had 512MB+ people would have been on Windows 2000/XP so there probably wasn't a lot of need for Microsoft to patch Windows 98.

    If you want to run old games on proper hardware then you're probably better off with period correct hardware.
  8. elh_2009


    Joined: May 9, 2009

    Posts: 729

    I tried taking 512mb out and it still crashed, probably as mmj_uk said above but for what i actually use it the laptop does the job, Syndicate Wars is the only game ive had issues with