Win Me wrongly reporting hard disk size and ram ??

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by jole, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. jole

    jole Guest

    hi
    i'm fixing a friends computer..he asked me to reinstall Windows Millenium
    and start from scratch..i was able to do this, although recently he just
    told me that windows is now (after the reinstall) reporting the hard disk
    size to be only 2 Gigs, instead of 20 Gigs, and he's running out of space as
    a result of this.. what must i do to fix this problem, so that win ME
    reports disk space correctly??

    also, even before i reinstalled windows, and now after the reinstall too, i
    noticed that when the pc boots up, on the first black screen, it reports the
    RAM to be only 32 megabytes, even though under windows it reports it to be
    128 MB..how much RAM there really is my friend can't say...

    the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out of
    space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his pc may
    in fact have 128 MB of ram..



    thank u all
    jole, Oct 15, 2004
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  2. jole

    Ken Dennis Guest


    >
    > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out of
    > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his pc may
    > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    >
    >
    >
    > thank u all


    If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if you
    boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and create a
    new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and format
    then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the ram, are
    you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it has?

    Cheers,

    --

    Ken Dennis
    http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    Ken Dennis, Oct 15, 2004
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  3. jole

    dan Guest

    get him XP. me is the worst ever. better off w/ 95
    "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    >
    >>
    >> the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out of
    >> space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his pc
    >> may
    >> in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> thank u all

    >
    > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if you
    > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and create a
    > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and format
    > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the ram, are
    > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it has?
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ken Dennis
    > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    >
    dan, Oct 15, 2004
    #3
  4. jole

    jole Guest

    hi

    i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i did the
    reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn ME..from
    your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been formatted
    as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try another
    reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of setup..hopefully
    then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..

    you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...

    many thanks
    Jole


    "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    >
    > >
    > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out of
    > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his pc

    may
    > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > thank u all

    >
    > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if you
    > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and create a
    > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and format
    > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the ram, are
    > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it has?
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ken Dennis
    > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    >
    jole, Oct 15, 2004
    #4
  5. jole

    jole Guest

    hi all

    i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know, how can i
    tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him on the
    phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).

    thx



    "jole" <> wrote in message
    news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > hi
    >
    > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i did

    the
    > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn

    ME..from
    > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been

    formatted
    > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try

    another
    > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of setup..hopefully
    > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    >
    > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    >
    > many thanks
    > Jole
    >
    >
    > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    > >
    > > >
    > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out

    of
    > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his

    pc
    > may
    > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > thank u all

    > >
    > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if you
    > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and create

    a
    > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and format
    > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the ram,

    are
    > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it has?
    > >
    > > Cheers,
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > Ken Dennis
    > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > >

    >
    >
    jole, Oct 15, 2004
    #5
  6. jole

    Wizard Guest

    "Fat" = Fat16
    "fat32" = fat32

    jole wrote:
    >
    > hi all
    >
    > i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know, how can i
    > tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him on the
    > phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    > filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).
    >
    > thx
    >
    > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > > hi
    > >
    > > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i did

    > the
    > > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn

    > ME..from
    > > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been

    > formatted
    > > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try

    > another
    > > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of setup..hopefully
    > > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    > >
    > > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    > >
    > > many thanks
    > > Jole
    > >
    > >
    > > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > > news:p...
    > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running out

    > of
    > > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a problem..his

    > pc
    > > may
    > > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > thank u all
    > > >
    > > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if you
    > > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and create

    > a
    > > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and format
    > > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the ram,

    > are
    > > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it has?
    > > >
    > > > Cheers,
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > >
    > > > Ken Dennis
    > > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > > >

    > >
    > >
    Wizard, Oct 15, 2004
    #6
  7. jole

    jole Guest

    thank you for that..my friend's filesystem must be FAT16 then..Hopefully the
    Win ME install program will have an advanced install version that allows me
    to pick fat32 as the filesystem..let me know otherwise..last time i
    installed Win ME, i used the default recommended install version..this seems
    to only install fat16 on it...hopefully will work now, when i true the
    advanced install version..

    thanks again.



    "Wizard" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Fat" = Fat16
    > "fat32" = fat32
    >
    > jole wrote:
    > >
    > > hi all
    > >
    > > i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know, how

    can i
    > > tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him on

    the
    > > phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    > > filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).
    > >
    > > thx
    > >
    > > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > > news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > > > hi
    > > >
    > > > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i

    did
    > > the
    > > > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn

    > > ME..from
    > > > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been

    > > formatted
    > > > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try

    > > another
    > > > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of

    setup..hopefully
    > > > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    > > >
    > > > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    > > >
    > > > many thanks
    > > > Jole
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:p...
    > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is running

    out
    > > of
    > > > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a

    problem..his
    > > pc
    > > > may
    > > > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > thank u all
    > > > >
    > > > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16.. if

    you
    > > > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and

    create
    > > a
    > > > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and

    format
    > > > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the

    ram,
    > > are
    > > > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it

    has?
    > > > >
    > > > > Cheers,
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > >
    > > > > Ken Dennis
    > > > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    jole, Oct 16, 2004
    #7
  8. jole

    Thor Guest

    "jole" <> wrote in message
    news:R24cd.27609$...
    > thank you for that..my friend's filesystem must be FAT16 then..Hopefully
    > the
    > Win ME install program will have an advanced install version that allows
    > me
    > to pick fat32 as the filesystem..let me know otherwise..last time i
    > installed Win ME, i used the default recommended install version..this
    > seems
    > to only install fat16 on it...hopefully will work now, when i true the
    > advanced install version..


    you can simply create a WinME startup disk, (or download one from
    www.bootdisk.com ) , boot your system to the startup floppy, and run
    "FDISK", making sure to answer "yes" to whether you want to enable "large
    disk support". That choice is the point where it is determined whether you
    will have FAT16 or FAT32. From that point, delete all the partitions, and
    create a new partition using all the available space on the disk. Make the
    partition active, and then shutdown and reboot when instructed to by the
    FDISK program. Boot up to the startup disk again, and this time type "format
    c:" and it will format the drive. Then boot to your Windows setup CD and
    install windows.
    Thor, Oct 16, 2004
    #8
  9. jole

    c Guest

    You need to reformat the drive as FAT32. If it is FAT16 now and you just
    reinstall, it will still be FAT16.

    Chris

    "jole" <> wrote in message
    news:R24cd.27609$...
    > thank you for that..my friend's filesystem must be FAT16 then..Hopefully

    the
    > Win ME install program will have an advanced install version that allows

    me
    > to pick fat32 as the filesystem..let me know otherwise..last time i
    > installed Win ME, i used the default recommended install version..this

    seems
    > to only install fat16 on it...hopefully will work now, when i true the
    > advanced install version..
    >
    > thanks again.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Wizard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > "Fat" = Fat16
    > > "fat32" = fat32
    > >
    > > jole wrote:
    > > >
    > > > hi all
    > > >
    > > > i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know, how

    > can i
    > > > tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him on

    > the
    > > > phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    > > > filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).
    > > >
    > > > thx
    > > >
    > > > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > > > > hi
    > > > >
    > > > > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i

    > did
    > > > the
    > > > > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn
    > > > ME..from
    > > > > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been
    > > > formatted
    > > > > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try
    > > > another
    > > > > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of

    > setup..hopefully
    > > > > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    > > > >
    > > > > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    > > > >
    > > > > many thanks
    > > > > Jole
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > > > > news:p...
    > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is

    running
    > out
    > > > of
    > > > > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a

    > problem..his
    > > > pc
    > > > > may
    > > > > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > thank u all
    > > > > >
    > > > > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16..

    if
    > you
    > > > > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and

    > create
    > > > a
    > > > > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and

    > format
    > > > > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the

    > ram,
    > > > are
    > > > > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it

    > has?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Cheers,
    > > > > >
    > > > > > --
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Ken Dennis
    > > > > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >

    >
    >
    c, Oct 16, 2004
    #9
  10. jole

    jole Guest

    hi all
    it's strange to me that the Win Me setup hasn't got the capability to
    utilize a fat32 filesystem...oh well, i'll just have to do what you
    suggested (use fdisk from the boot disk).

    thanks



    "jole" <> wrote in message
    news:R24cd.27609$...
    > thank you for that..my friend's filesystem must be FAT16 then..Hopefully

    the
    > Win ME install program will have an advanced install version that allows

    me
    > to pick fat32 as the filesystem..let me know otherwise..last time i
    > installed Win ME, i used the default recommended install version..this

    seems
    > to only install fat16 on it...hopefully will work now, when i true the
    > advanced install version..
    >
    > thanks again.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Wizard" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > "Fat" = Fat16
    > > "fat32" = fat32
    > >
    > > jole wrote:
    > > >
    > > > hi all
    > > >
    > > > i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know, how

    > can i
    > > > tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him on

    > the
    > > > phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    > > > filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).
    > > >
    > > > thx
    > > >
    > > > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > > > news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > > > > hi
    > > > >
    > > > > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when i

    > did
    > > > the
    > > > > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn
    > > > ME..from
    > > > > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been
    > > > formatted
    > > > > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll try
    > > > another
    > > > > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of

    > setup..hopefully
    > > > > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    > > > >
    > > > > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    > > > >
    > > > > many thanks
    > > > > Jole
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > > > > news:p...
    > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is

    running
    > out
    > > > of
    > > > > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a

    > problem..his
    > > > pc
    > > > > may
    > > > > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > thank u all
    > > > > >
    > > > > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16..

    if
    > you
    > > > > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and

    > create
    > > > a
    > > > > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and

    > format
    > > > > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the

    > ram,
    > > > are
    > > > > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram it

    > has?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Cheers,
    > > > > >
    > > > > > --
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Ken Dennis
    > > > > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >

    >
    >
    jole, Oct 18, 2004
    #10
  11. jole

    c Guest

    It does have the capability. The problem is that the hard drive was
    formatted as FAT16. Only WinXP and Win 2000 ask if and how you want to
    format the hard drive before installing Windows. The others need to be
    formatted to the proper format before installing Windows.

    Chris

    "jole" <> wrote in message
    news:VeIcd.30141$...
    > hi all
    > it's strange to me that the Win Me setup hasn't got the capability to
    > utilize a fat32 filesystem...oh well, i'll just have to do what you
    > suggested (use fdisk from the boot disk).
    >
    > thanks
    >
    >
    >
    > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > news:R24cd.27609$...
    > > thank you for that..my friend's filesystem must be FAT16 then..Hopefully

    > the
    > > Win ME install program will have an advanced install version that allows

    > me
    > > to pick fat32 as the filesystem..let me know otherwise..last time i
    > > installed Win ME, i used the default recommended install version..this

    > seems
    > > to only install fat16 on it...hopefully will work now, when i true the
    > > advanced install version..
    > >
    > > thanks again.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Wizard" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > "Fat" = Fat16
    > > > "fat32" = fat32
    > > >
    > > > jole wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > hi all
    > > > >
    > > > > i haven't yet gone to my friends house, but i just wanted to know,

    how
    > > can i
    > > > > tell whether it is fat16 or fat 32 (ie the filesystem)?..i got him

    on
    > > the
    > > > > phone to do a right click ->properties-> then he told me that the
    > > > > filesystem was reported as only FAT (16 or 32 was not known).
    > > > >
    > > > > thx
    > > > >
    > > > > "jole" <> wrote in message
    > > > > news:RsJbd.26179$...
    > > > > > hi
    > > > > >
    > > > > > i'll be going over there tonight to try and fix the problem..when

    i
    > > did
    > > > > the
    > > > > > reinstall, i used the default settings in the setup program of WIn
    > > > > ME..from
    > > > > > your response below, it sounds as though the file system has been
    > > > > formatted
    > > > > > as FAT16 (this must have been the default setup setting)...i'll

    try
    > > > > another
    > > > > > reinstall, but this time i'll use the advanced version of

    > > setup..hopefully
    > > > > > then I'll be able to select what filesystem is used..
    > > > > >
    > > > > > you're probasbly right..i think that 32 MB ram is the video ram...
    > > > > >
    > > > > > many thanks
    > > > > > Jole
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > "Ken Dennis" <> wrote in message
    > > > > > news:p...
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > the main problem though is the hard disk, as my friend is

    > running
    > > out
    > > > > of
    > > > > > > > space..the 128 MB reported by WIn ME isn't too much of a

    > > problem..his
    > > > > pc
    > > > > > may
    > > > > > > > in fact have 128 MB of ram..
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > thank u all
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > If you only have 2GB, you probably have it formatted as fat16..

    > if
    > > you
    > > > > > > boot from cd you should be able to delete all the partitions and

    > > create
    > > > > a
    > > > > > > new one in fat32.. or get a copy copy of fdisk and partition and

    > > format
    > > > > > > then boot off diskette, go to cdrom and run setup... as for the

    > > ram,
    > > > > are
    > > > > > > you sure that 32mb isnt the video card telling you how much ram

    it
    > > has?
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Cheers,
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > --
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Ken Dennis
    > > > > > > http://KenDennis-RSS.homeip.net:8089/
    > > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    c, Oct 19, 2004
    #11
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