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Old 11-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Question New RAM not recognized - MSI Wind - "BIOS may corrupt low RAM"


I just got a used MSI Wind U-100, and I put a fresh copy of Crunchbang on it. It only had 1 GB of ram so I put one of these (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00) in today to get it up to the max 2GB of RAM.

It wasn't recognizing the RAM, so I ran "dmesg" and I'm getting the message: "AMI Bios detected: BIOS may corrupt low RAM, working around it"...

What's wrong here? I know the msi can have up to 2GB RAM and I made sure I chose the right one. Any ideas?

Thanks
 
Old 11-09-2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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So where are you seeing that it doesn't detect the RAM ?

Check the BIOS and see if it detects it.

Also run:
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cat /proc/meminfo
 
Old 11-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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I'm using Crunchbang, it lists the system info on the side, and says I only have 999MB RAM, which is what was there before I put the other GB in.

Code:
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So you have two RAM sticks in it now, each 1GB ? What are the specs on the one that was in there ?

You should check the manual or online for RAM sticks that are officially supported by the mobo, because some just won't work. BIOS updates may add more compatibility.
 
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Your memory problem aside, there's a 'shadowing' of the BIOS chip into ram.

Bios chips are flash or EEprom and they are slow by standards (250nS access time for the faster ones, 450nS for the slower ones). To avoid delays, the Bios is copied into ram (A process called 'shadowing').
I think your message may be related to that, if the system is copying into low memory areas.

Shadowing is a good idea for the video only. linux doesn't use the bios much. Anyhow, the kernel is working around it (Marking the memory as used).
 
  


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