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Microsoft KB Archive/103538

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MEM & MSD Only See 16 MB of Memory on Dell Machines

Article ID: 103538

Article Last Modified on 11/22/1999


  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q103538


The MS-DOS MEM command and the Microsoft Diagnostics utility (MSD) may not see more than 16 megabytes (MB) of memory on some Dell computers.


Due to a problem in the Dell system BIOS, HIMEM.SYS does not see memory above 16 MB. Since MEM and MSD rely on the XMS memory manager for extended memory information, neither MEM nor MSD see memory above 16 MB.


To work around this problem, you can download a flash ROM BIOS upgrade from Dell. For more information, contact Dell Computer Corporation.

Additional query words: 6.22 6.20

Keywords: KB103538