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conventional memory (storage)
The first 640 kilobytes of an IBM PC
Prior to EMS
, and HMA
, real mode
could use only this part of the memory.
conventional memoryIn a PC, the first 640K of memory. The next 384K is called the "upper memory area" (UMA). The term may also refer to the entire first megabyte (1,024K) of RAM, which is the memory that DOS could directly manage without the use of additional memory managers. See DOS memory manager.
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At this time, the industry was growing and everybody was sick of the 640k barrier
and Intel architecture (which we still live with today).
It also provides access into the reserved region above the 640k barrier