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SubjectRe: Linux SMP kernel bug with > 512M ram
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On Fri, 2002-09-06 at 17:55, jeff@AmeriCom.com wrote:
> I've been having problems with a few of our servers and I can't seem to find this
> problem mentioned anywhere else. All of the dual processor machines will not operate
> with greater than 512 megs of ram with the newer SMP kernels (2.4.7-10enterprise #1

2.4.7 is hardly "new". Red Hat has issued errata kernels going up to
2.4.9.

> SMP). Two of the dual P3 1ghz machines crash after a few minutes, when the memory
> usage gets high enough, I presume. The errors they spit out vary, but its only when
> I go over 512megs of ram, and only on dual processor machines. I had a slightly

Chipset or memory hardware problems seem the most likely cause if the
errors seem random or weird

> different problem when I tried to set it up on a dual p2 266 machine, when I go over
> 512 megs there, the system takes an hour to boot up, and everything crawls from

Thats BIOS. Thats a well known BIOS problem where the BIOS doesnt
configure the mtrr registers properly. You can work around that one by
tweaking the settings by hand or probably by getting a newer BIOS


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