Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

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Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

Postby Musti » 2019-5-11 @ 06:47

Hello everyone,

i want to install the game Panzer General 1 on a Windows 98 SE guest system with PCem. The installation is not starting, because it can't detect the XMS memory. If i write MEM into the DOS prompt i get the following informations about the XMS memory:

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    Total: 65.472K
    Occupied: ?
    Free: 129.824K


Is XMS disabled in my system and if yes how can i activate it? I have read about the file HIMEM.SYS which is probably related to XMS. But i couldn't find it in my C: drive. Is that file not integrated in Windows 98 SE? This is the content of my config.sys file:

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device=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\display.sys con=(ega,,1)
Country=049,850,C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\country.sys
DEVICEHIGH=C:\DOS\OAKCDROM.SYS \D:MSCD001
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Re: Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

Postby akula65 » 2019-5-11 @ 14:14

I don't have any experience with PCem, but in an honest-to-goodness-not-emulated Windows 98 SE installation with 256 MB of memory, this is what I get with the MEM command:
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Memory Type        Total       Used       Free
----------------  --------   --------   --------
Conventional          640K        68K       572K
Upper                   0K         0K         0K
Reserved                0K         0K         0K
Extended (XMS)     65,472K          ?   260,640K
----------------  --------   --------   --------
Total memory       66,112K          ?   261,212K

Total under 1 MB      640K        68K       572K

Total Expanded (EMS)                   64M (67,108,864 bytes) 
Free Expanded (EMS)                    16M (16,777,216 bytes) 

Largest executable program size       572K (586,160 bytes) 
Largest free upper memory block         0K       (0 bytes) 
MS-DOS is resident in the high memory area.


My C:\CONFIG.SYS is as follows:

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DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\EMM386.EXE

So your MEM output suggests that you DO have XMS memory somehow, possibly through PCem. Perhaps your question should be asked in the PCem forum. I would imagine this is a fairly common problem if PCem substitutes some sort of memory managers for the Win98 SE memory managers.
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Re: Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

Postby Musti » 2019-5-11 @ 14:16

Thank you for your answer, i will try that.
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Re: Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

Postby Musti » 2019-5-12 @ 17:58

I have found a solution. I made a copy of the MS-DOS prompt on my Desktop. Right click on it --> Properties --> Memory --> changed XMS from automatic to a set value and the installation of Panzer General started.
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Re: Panzer General 1 installation problem with XMS

Postby Stiletto » 2019-5-13 @ 17:56

Wrong forum. Moved.
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