First post, by NStriker
I posted about this a long time back on the original forums (Bravenet), but perhaps someone's found something out since then. Prepare for a longwinded explanation... 😉
I cannot, for the life of me, get EMS under Win2K. I used to just think it was something funky up with my hardware, my motherboard in particular, but that wouldn't make real sense since DOS is just emulated under Win2K. I decided later that, despite my reasoning, it had something to do with my RAID card (Promise Fasttrak 100). Trying to get EMS in true DOS mode (booted from a second hard drive) was a headache, as my RAID card's BIOS took a huge chunk of UMBs, leaving little for the page frame and TSRs.
Since then, I've done a massive overhaul of the system. The only things remaining from the old one are the floppy drive, monitor, and keyboard. The OS has been completely reinstalled several times (still Win2K) but I'm still using a RAID array (new drives and new RAID controller though). Still, no EMS under Win2K. And now the new RAID controller (Highpoint 374) takes so many darn UMBs in true DOS, I can't even allocate a page frame, let alone load anything high.
It's my current guess that Win2K is trying to emulate what the machine would be like in DOS, and there are just no UMBs free for EMS. I could be utterly wrong, of course. Either way, I've tried every iteration of the EMS command in config.nt I could think of. I've moved the base segment and alt registers to no avail. I've tried Launchpad with no further success. 🙁 Can anyone give me any hope, here, and shed some light on this?
Should it matter, I've got a P4 2.4GHz on an Abit IT7 (onboard Firewire, USB 2.0, LAN, and Highpoint RAID), 512 megs of PC3000 DDR, an Acoustic Edge sound card, a USR Modem, and a GeForce 4 4200. Lots of power, but I miss my EMS needin' DOS games! 😀