Bug 2214

Summary: Install fails to boot with >= 1GB memory
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Stephen Tweedie <sct>
Component: abootAssignee: Cristian Gafton <gafton>
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Version: 6.0CC: sct
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Hardware: i386   
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Last Closed: 1999-06-04 14:48:06 UTC Type: ---
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Description Stephen Tweedie 1999-04-16 13:11:20 UTC
Quad Xeon, 8GB memory (960M used by Linux).

The installer fails to boot: the initrd cannot be loaded,
giving the error

    initrd extends beyond end of memory
    (0xfeff9433 > 0xfc000000)

5.8 cdrom and floppy installs did not have this problem.
5.9 and all subsequent betas do.  Booting with "linux
mem=512m" is a workaround.

Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-06-04 14:48:59 UTC
We are aware of this limitation.  The installer is only capable of
running on < 1G of RAM, so the workaround is to boot the machine with
a mem= line and perform the installation.  After installation, the
running machine will be able to make use of all RAM that you have in
the system.