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    SubjectRe: highmem question
    Followup to:  <>
    By author: Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk <>
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    > I heard that himem slows down systems.

    It does, because it's a hack to extend 32-bit machines beyond their
    architectural lifetime.

    > - How much memory can Linux use without highmem enabled? (I've heard it's
    > 1GB, but Linux found 1,2GB without ...)

    On i386, it supports 896 MB without HIGHMEM.

    > - How much is a system slowed down?

    Depends completely on your application mix and amount of RAM -- and
    whether or not you're using 4G or 64G HIGHMEM, the latter being more
    severe across a whole bunch of axes.

    > - How can this be fixed? I've heard it's a PCI issue (stuff being memory
    > mapped above the 2GB limit?)

    Go to a 64-bit CPU architecture.


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