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If memory serves me right Linux uses the most upper part of memory and grows down as it uses it. All Windows platforms use the lower parts of memory and grows up as it uses it. You may be just not using that section of memory in windows that linux is using. Normally Linux is a lot more forgiving with bad hardware than Windows. Case In point my firewall and file server has a defective dircectx part of the cpu. Windows will not load at all. I have MDK9.1 running since May2003 without a hiccup. If I were using Windows only I would have thrown out the process and bought new. Instead my server runs fine.. Try installing any windows os with a bad parraly port (You gonna use a network printer and wont use the parallel port) can't be done windows wont install. but Linux will
A whole week? Wow, that's gotta be some kind of record for Windows. Sombody call the Guiness Book people. LOL, JK.
Your profile says you run RedHat, why the switch to Mandrake? Anyway, a quick google search shows a ton of people have probs with Linux and your mobo, which I think is an Abit NF7-S, since 7nfs doesn't seem to exist. Some of them are even using the 2.6 kernel, so waiting for MDK 10 might not do you much good. In any case, a few seem to have fixed their probs with kernel params to disable features. Here's a random sampling of google results, I'm sure you're capable of finding the rest on your own:
thanks guys. sorry for the mistakes - i was in a hurry to get the post out before it crashed. i'm going to look at the posts , and perhaps pull one of the ram chips out to see which one of the two is giving me the yips...
try leaving memtest on all night from you linux side. You can boot right to memtest with some distro boot disks.
I had a problem like this, which I thought was related to my video card (also ATI), but I later found that my memory would not work correctly n dual channel mode. It took about 5 passes throug memtest before a problem showed up.
greetings. I hope everyone is having a good doy - I am! My system has been 24 hours and counting and there is no sign off a crash in sight!
Crito, I followed your second link as a starter and disabled the cpu disconnect in bios and whey hay!! bingo - no more crashes (as yet). cheers crito, and all the rest for there suggestions.
ps. the comment of my windows box being up for a week my have been a little exageration!