The 137GB drive limit is DOS. There is also an issue with over 512M with Windows 98. This article explains how to limit Windows to 512M.
In closing, some machine misbehave with both sticks of RAM and that is a warranty issue.
well i finally decided to build my own computer piece by piece and found that i actually did it right! I upgraded from an old mobo and a 1ghz AMD thunderbird w/ sdram. Here is what i got:
arctic silver ceramique thermal paste
AMD athlon xp barton 2.1ghz
Asus a7n8x-e deluxe nforce2 mobo
2 bars of corsair 512MB DDR pc 3200
thermaltake silentboost cpu fan
ATI all in wonder radeon 9600
seagate 160gb SATA hard drive 7200RPM
western digital 40gb hard drive
I run on windows 98SE only... So first thing i noticed is that i cant have a drive any larger than 135GB because of 98.. yay!... I had to partition and i still have about 30gigs unaccounted for that i CANT use, any suggestions about that are welcome.. Here are my issues though:
1. I cant recall what programs they were but two of them showed my processor as 1.3 & 1.4 Ghz only! This seems kind of true because it takes about 3 minutes to load windows sometimes more (longer than w/ my old 1ghz thunderbird) and also many applications dont show the impact of my processor being twice as fast now.
2. I get system hangups when the processor led is not blinking but there is something going on in the background
3. Extremely slow transfer from hard drive to hard drive. If i move around 10gigs or more, i usually get an auto system reboot eventually... When i leave my pc on overnight to encode dvds ill usually wake up to a reset pc and an invalid/crashed file
I was really expecting win98 to be on crack w/ this new configuration that it was probably not made to ever witness but instead im very disappointed that such an optimal setup could be so slow, i know something has to be wrong here. I've tested my pc w/ the new warhammer demo and i was able to run it on full config with only some frame hits, i also can now run the highly demanding AVS plugin for winamp in fullscreen which i could barely use in half screen before. My corsair memory IS reporting correctly at about 1.2ghz. I have not been able to go online and update drivers but i will eventually do that, that might be a problem. Please give me some advice.