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Old 06-28-2004, 06:02 PM   #1
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Kernel arguments?


I want to be able to install Debian Linux on a dual Pentium 166MHz tower, with 128MB of SIMM RAM, and 3 hot-swap RAID SCSI drives. I'm not close to an expert or even intermediate on the linux level, and I was told that I'd need to pass arguments to the kernel for linux to recognize the SIMM RAM, and I have a feeling I'll have trouble with the RAID, too... Does anyone have any suggestions? This is my only option for a linux box, so I haven't even tried installing anything. The person who gave it to me that told me I'd have to pass arguments is very linux-savvy, so I know this is what I need to do. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate support.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 07:47 PM   #2
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Seems to me you just need to try and install it and see what fails. It is not easy for anyone to fix a problem if you don't know what the problem is. My advice, try installing, take notes about what doesn't work, and then repost here with your problems.
 
Old 06-29-2004, 02:06 AM   #3
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If the total amount of RAM isn't detected correctly you can force this by passing mem=128M to the kernel. Note that this is sort of risky - a lot of systems cache the BIOS in RAM which makes the total usable amount of RAM less than the installed capacity (in your case 128M). The system will eventually crash horribly if you specify more amount than what is actually usable. Read man bootparam for more information.

Passing arguments to the kernel can be done either at boot time at the Lilo/Grub prompt or permanently by editing your bootloader's configuration. For Lilo you can add the parameters to the append= line in /etc/lilo.conf, while you can tack them on to the end of the kernel line in grub.conf/menu.lst.


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