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    9 Sep 1996, Hans Lermen wrote

    > On Sun, 8 Sep 1996, Mike Field wrote:
    >> I have been having some serious/curious problems in trying
    >> to increase RAM on my machine from 64Mb to 128Mb.
    >> Motherboard: Tyan Tomcat I, P90, 512kb cache
    >> (with tag ram chip), latest bios (v3.02 award).
    >I'm seeing this also:
    > Tyan Tomcat DUAL S1562D, (AWARD v3.02), 2x Pentium 166

    >All worked fine (SMP-Kernel 2.9.18) with 64MB, and it _auto-rebooted_
    >with 128MB and destroyed _all_ my linux-partitions :-(((
    >So unfortunately I haven't any logs or oopses.
    >BTW: The memory is reported OK by the BIOS.
    >... going back to 64MB :-(

    I had a disk trashing problem with an earlier upgrade. Consequently,
    when I tried 128Mb I changed fstab so that only / and /usr would be

    At the moment, however, I am getting the machine
    to recognize 128Mb provided that the BIOS is set so that
    only the first 64Mb RAM is accessed. Maybe the line in BIOS about
    64Mb OR 512Mb *really* means that: If > 64Mb must be 512Mb :-(

    I am dubious about the BIOS. When I put the motherboard in (64Mb )
    I couldn't access my modem. After talking with Tyan, it turned out that
    the only way to access the modem was my disabling second COM port in the

    I am also very curious about the faults that showed up when I had
    the / partition on my ide drive. There were *big*
    differences between 2.0.7 and 2.0.17 kernels. So perhaps it is not just
    the BIOS.

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    * sees in the sand. *
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    * Samuel Beckett *

    Mike Field, email:; phone: 713-743-3470

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