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SubjectRe: 16 MB -> 32 MB, a memory problem resolved!
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> Andrew E. Mileski wrote:
> > Some motherboards can relocate the 384k RAM that is leftover
> > from making the I/O hole at 0xa0000-0xfffff, but most can't.
> > What is worse, this feature _ONLY_ works with 16Mb or _LESS_
> > installed memory (on most mobos).
> > ...
> > Linux can't read your mobo manual for you (or the mind of the
> > mobo designer). For that matter, no OS can (especially not Windows).
>
> Isn't it possible to look for BIOS signatures between 0xa0000-0xfffff
> (check every 2k?) to determine what memory is left for the OS?
> Other reserved areas (such as floppy track buffer, VGA fonts) are at
> well know addresses. The interesting problem is detecting the onboard
> memory in other cards...

Yes it is possible. In fact the PnP patch does this :-)
see http://www.redhat.com/pnp/ for details.

All ROMs + memory are listed in /proc/addresses


-- Andrew E. Mileski --
mailto:aem@ott.hookup.net
http://www.redhat.com/~aem/


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