high memory and conventional memory - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-11-2004, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
Master Techie
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 2,069
Default high memory and conventional memory

Please could some one tell me the difference between conventional memory and high memory. I remmeber coming across these terms when i used to get stuck with windows 98, but not with windows xp.

is it because windows xp has nothing to do with these terms?

rookie1010 is offline  
Old 04-11-2004, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
HONK if you route packets
mikesgroovin's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: MD
Posts: 4,715

Conventional memory is the first 640kb of your system memory. Typically, this is where DOS and DOS applications ran from. Another section of your system memory is the Upper Memory. The upper memory, is the 384kb after the conventional memory. After the upper memory, is the extended memory. The first 64kb of the extended memory is called the High Memory. Maybe it might be best to find an article about this but basically, as programs got bigger and bigger, MS made some changes to DOS and had DOS load itself in the high memory area instead of the conventional memory in order to free up space. XP doesn't rely on DOS in order to boot as Windows 3.1, 95 and 98 did. This is why you really don't use these terms that often anymore.

Did that help?


mikesgroovin is offline  
Old 04-12-2004, 06:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
Master Techie
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 2,069

thanks mike it did help.
rookie1010 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.