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SubjectRe: 4Gb ram not showing up
On 6/6/07, Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> [...]
> A better description would be:
>
> "Select this if you have a 32-bit processor and memory mapped in the 1GB
> to 4GB address range."
> [...]
> That one would be better as:
>
> "Select this if you have a 32-bit processor and ram mapped in the address
> range above 4GB."

Ugh, no! How can we expect the user compiling a kernel to be *so*
familiar with address space re-mapping / BIOSen (_his_ particular
BIOS, specifically, and what / how it re-maps memory) / etc to be
able to answer such questions? "Select ... if you have ... RAM
installed" is perfectly clear, simple, and all that's needed.

BTW, just imagine what a user would need to do to make things
work as per your proposal. Build some kernel (don't care about
memory loss), boot and find what his firmware prefers to do with
address space (or else read up the BIOS documentation!) and
_then_ again build a new kernel, this time selecting the options
appropriately ...

Also, note that the change you're proposing is unnecessary! As
Andi pointed out, this issue has more to do with broken BIOSen
and the proper fix for Tom is to contact his vendor and flash /
upgrade the BIOS firmware. I don't see anything wrong with the
Kconfig help texts.
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