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SubjectRe: 2.6.16-rc5 huge memory detection regression
Martin MOKREJ__ <mmokrejs@ribosome.natur.cuni.cz> wrote:
>
> I just tested 2.6.16-rc5 kernel on MSI 9136 dual Xeon server
> motherboard with 16 GB of memory and the kernel detects only 8 GB of
> RAM instead. 2.6.15 kernel detected properly 16 GB. I haven't tested
> any kernel revisions in between these two, but could if you point me
> in a specific direction. Attaching diff(1) output of dmesg(1) outputs.
> Please Cc: me in replies. Thanks!
> Martin
>
>
> [boot-2.6.15_to_16-rc5.diff text/plain (12156 bytes)]

The diff is useful.

> --- tmp/boot-2.6.15.txt 2006-03-07 11:45:48.015509048 +0100
> +++ tmp/boot-2.6.16-rc5.txt 2006-03-07 11:45:48.029506920 +0100
> @@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
> -Linux version 2.6.15 (root@phylo) (gcc version 3.4.5 (Gentoo 3.4.5-r1, ssp-3.4.5-1.0, pie-8.7.9)) #1 SMP Mon Mar 6 20:20:06 MET 2006
> +Linux version 2.6.16-rc5 (root@phylo) (gcc version 3.4.5 (Gentoo 3.4.5-r1, ssp-3.4.5-1.0, pie-8.7.9)) #1 SMP Mon Mar 6 19:58:24 MET 2006
> BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
> BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009a800 (usable)
> BIOS-e820: 000000000009a800 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
> @@ -12,16 +12,16 @@
> BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000ff800000 - 00000000ffc00000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000fffffc00 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
> - BIOS-e820: 0000000100000000 - 0000000430000000 (usable)
> -16256MB HIGHMEM available.
> + BIOS-e820: 0000000100000000 - 0000000230000000 (usable)
> +8064MB HIGHMEM available.

These numbers are what the BIOS is telling the kernel about your machine.
Was the BIOS changed?

If not, you might need to wiggle those DIMMs or something.

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