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SubjectRe: alienware hardware - memory problem?
He hey - you're the boss!!!! 
It helped - 'mem=512M' made the beast fast :-)

Now we just will mangle with /proc/mtrr :-)



On Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 10:54:43AM +0200, Helge Hafting wrote:
> Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:

> >because slow down seems to be linked to memory: brk(0) takes on average
> >0.5-1.5 second, I've decided to run silly memtest...
> >I have around 1GB total on that beast, I turned off swap and did memtest
> >1G

> Memory. Could it be the good old MTRR problem?
> Try "cat /proc/mtrr" and check that _all_ ordinary memory
> is covered by a write-back mtrr.

> Having most of the memory covered lacking a little at the top only
> is not good enough - you'll see a major slowdown as linux tend to
> use the topmost memory most and that will be very slow without
> a MTRR.

> If it indeed is a mtrr problem, confirm it by booting with mem=<low number>
> and see that the machine is faster when not using the "slow" memory.
> After that, get a bios upgrade or echo something useable
> into /proc/mtrr

> Helge Hafting

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