slow (s-l-o-w) install

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sun Feb 17 14:25:43 UTC 2008

Frank Cox wrote:
> On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:36:42 -0500
> Ric Moore <wayward4now at> wrote:
>> If you have 2G of memory, would using mem=2G be of any advantage?
> I have 4G of memory.  It works when I specify "mem=2G".  It also works when I
> specify "mem=4024M" but I don't get a whole 4024mb.
> Booting without "mem=" causes it to run amazingly slowly.
I am reasonably sure that what happens is that you are using some 
uncached memory, and that is making your system slow. There are (at 
least) two possible causes, which is why I wanted the BIOS info from 
dmesg and the MTRR info.
- your BIOS could be giving bad information to the kernel
- the kernel could be generating the wrong MTRR from the BIOS info
- your hardware may not be able to cached memory mapped over 4G

OK, at least three reasons.  ;-)

In any case, that's the issue, and keeping the mem= small enough to stay 
all cached will give you vastly better performance than more slower 
memory (as you found).

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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