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SubjectRe: 2.4.x ram issues?
On Feb 13, 2002  02:00 +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > I have a problem with high ram support on 2.4.7 to 2.4.17 all behave the
> > same. I have a quad Xeon 700 box with 16gb of ram on an Intel SKA4 board.
> > The ram is all the same 16 1gb PC100 SDRAM modules from Crucial. If I
> > compile the kernel with high ram (64gb) support, my system runs very slow,
> > it takes about 15 minutes for make menuconfig to come up. If I recompile
> > the kernel with 4gb support, it runs perfectly normal and very fast, but I
> > have 12 gigs that I can't use. Is this a known issue? Is there a fix? I
> > tried just about everything and I am all out of options. Please help!
> Thats almost certainly indicating that the memory type range registers
> were not set up correcly by the BIOS. Check /proc/mtrr and also ask your
> vendor about BIOS updates to address the problem

The other possibility with that much RAM is that the page tables are taking
up all of the low RAM. Andrea has a patch to put the page tables into
higmem in the recent -aa kernels.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger

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