Bug 11278 - Memory above 64MB not recognised
Summary: Memory above 64MB not recognised
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel   
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Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Michael K. Johnson
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Reported: 2000-05-07 12:33 UTC by Simon Oldfield
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-10 03:44:06 UTC
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Description Simon Oldfield 2000-05-07 12:33:07 UTC
I have just installed redhat linux 6.2 onto a PC with 256MB of RAM on an
MS-6153VA ATX VIA Apollo Pro133 Mainboard.  Linux is reporting that there
is only 64MB of RAM.  The BIOS, win95 and win98 all report 256MB of RAM.

Comment 1 Simon Oldfield 2000-05-08 23:58:59 UTC
I got linux to recognise the correct amount of memory by sepcifying the
"mem=256MB" option to lilo.  Is this a BIOS problem or a linux problem?  Is it
simply that this is a new-ish motherboard, and it will all go away at some
point in the future or will I have to explicity set the memory forever more?

Comment 2 Doug Ledford 2000-05-10 03:44:59 UTC
This sounds like your bios doesn't support the extended memory detection call
that the 2.2.14 kernel we ship uses.  This shouldn't be a problem with the 2.4
kernel since it uses the 0e80 call to get the bios memory mapping.  Until then
you will need to keep passing the mem= parameter to the 2.2 kernels on your

Comment 3 Doug Ledford 2000-05-10 04:06:59 UTC
Duh....that should be the e820 call in the sentences above....technical accuracy
and all...

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