[K12OSN] Slightly Off Topic (Hardware Question)

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Tue May 9 14:03:58 UTC 2006

Liam Marshall wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
> Of Robert Arkiletian
> Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 1:17 AM
> To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Slightly Off Topic (Hardware Question)
> On 5/8/06, Liam Marshall <k12ltsplover at stmaurice.mb.ca> wrote:
>> Anyone have any ideas?
>> I am at a loss.  3.6ish Gb is better than 2, but I paid for 4.  Any ideas
> on
>> how I can get it all, or most?  What am I missing?
> Your machine is fine. The limit for a 32 bit kernel is ~3.6G. Try
> running a 32 bit hugemem kernel or an smp kernel that supports over 4G
> (32 bit RHEL4 smp kernels do) and you will see all your ram. But there
> will be a small penalty for addressing over 32 address space. That's
> what 64 bit kernels are for.
> --
> Robert Arkiletian
> Fl_TeacherTool http://fltk.org/links.php?V269
> C++ GUI tutorial http://fltk.org/links.php?V19
> If that is true, is that a linux kernel issue?  I put the memory into an old
> dumpy Windows Millenium machine and it recognized 4032Mb RAM.  That has to
> be bios/motherboard related, although I would have thought the asus server
> board I am using would be better than the one in the Millenium machine.  The
> ASUS board can't report close to 4 Gb even in the bios, before it ever gets
> to the kernel
FWIW, I've got some Compaq ProLiant servers with 4GB of RAM in them and free reports the 
total RAM as 3921896, which seems a bit more than 3.6GB. Running RHAS 3, with SMP but 
not bigmem kernel.  Or is this one of those '3.6GB is not 3.6 x 1000 but 3.6 x 1024' 


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