EMM386 Err Msg: Unable to Create Page Frame (95092)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.01
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a

This article was previously published under Q95092


If EMM386 is unable to find 64 kilobytes (K) of contiguous memory in the upper memory area, it cannot create an expanded memory page frame and displays the following error message:

Unable to create page frame


If do not want expanded memory for your system, you can substitute the NOEMS switch for the RAM switch in your EMM386 DEVICE command in CONFIG.SYS.

However, if you do want expanded memory, you can try establishing a page frame in a portion of the upper memory area not normally used by EMM386. You can try putting the page frame in the E000 memory block by following these steps:

Note: Do not try the following procedure if you have an IBM model PS/2 computer.

    To create a startup floppy disk, insert a floppy disk in drive A and type the following:

    sys c: a:
    copy c:\config.sys a:
    copy c:\autoexec.bat a:

    NOTE: If you are using MS-DOS 4.x you must also copy COMMAND.COM to drive a. For example, type copy c:\command.com a: at the MS-DOS command prompt and then press ENTER.
    Edit your CONFIG.SYS file and modify the EMM386 DEVICE command to look like this:

    device=c:\dos\emm386 m9 ram

    Remove the floppy disk from drive A and restart your computer.
Your computer should restart normally, and you should no longer receive the page frame error message. If you have problems starting your computer, insert the startup floppy in drive A, restart your computer and copy the CONFIG.SYS file from drive A to drive C.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/15/2003
Keywords: KB95092