From: Vincent Cunniffe (vincent at domain cunniffe.net)
Date: Thu 20 Jul 2000 - 12:19:47 IST
Donncha O Caoimh wrote:
> Vincent Cunniffe wrote:
> > kevin lyda wrote:
> [network bit snipped]
> > Bold ;-)
> > Actually, in the spirit of adventure, and because it's someone
> > else's machine, I'm off to test it now ;-)
> > I'll report the results.
> AFAIR, your machine stalls with a memory error as the kernel loads and
> initialises. Just put mem=256M in the lilo BOOT: command line if you
> need to resurect the machine..
Confirmed... when you give an incorrect value, the kernel assumes
that you're correct and the hardware isn't, tries to use all of the
memory you told it about, and promptly gives a protection fault.
I've just tested this on a 64MB Athlon 800 running 2.2.14 something.
So, don't try and use memory you haven't got, people : it'll hang
the machine and require you to go and fix it personally.
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