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Re: [K12OSN] Firefox crashes

On Thu, 2007-05-03 at 09:55 -0400, Michael Blinn wrote:
> I start the machine with the i810 xserver and no 'videoram' directive. At the login screen, I switch to vt2, run free, and I get the following:
> Mem total:  254980   used: 42812   free: 212168

So theoretically, the system has 256MB RAM? So 256x1024=262144.
262144-254980 = 7164 which is just under 8MB RAM set aside for video. So
if you use 8 or higher, it won't work.

At this point, I would say to get a boot CD of edubuntu or Knoppix and
test that on the machines and see it it will run. Also, run memtest and
make sure the ram is actually all good. 

Check and see if an upgraded BIOS is available. You _should_ have the
ability to adjust how much RAM is reserved for video.

> So, I put 207195 (212168/1024) in the X_VIDEORAM line. (It doesn't like the M). Now, when loading pages such as overstock or amazon, where there are lots of images, I get a full-on xserver crash and the terminal is locked, showing the "press <enter> to continue" message at the console screen, though pressing enter has no effect.
> Any other suggestions? I wouldn't be so worried, but I have 10 or 15 of these GX110s.
> Thanks,
>   Michael
> On Thu, 03 May 2007 08:47:12 -0400, "James P. Kinney III" <jkinney localnetsolutions com> wrote:
> > Hi Michael,
> > 
> > Sounds like a typical crummy BIOS from Dell...
> > 
> > You can determine how much RAM the video is grabbing by knowing how much
> > RAM the box has and looking at the output of "free" on the box once
> > things are running. The difference between the box total and the "TOTAL"
> > amount has been allocated to video RAM. Then put that amount in lts.conf
> > as 
> > X_VIDEORAM = abcM
> > 
> > (take the amount you determined and divide it by 1024 -OR- use "free -m"
> > to get the amount in MB).
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