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red13hat 08-30-2007 01:34 AM

Linux won't boot; cannot allocate memory
 
pls help...

our server is running rhel es 4 update 4 for x86_64. kernel version is 2.6.9-42.elsmp.

it encountered slow down and we had to reboot. however, it didn't reboot. it had several "cannot allocate memory" messages on every line during the boot process.

here's an exerpt from the boot process:
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Init version 2.85 booting
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 26: /bin/mount: Cannot allocate memory
awk:cmd. line:2: fatal: cannot open file '/proc/mounts' for reading (No such file or directory)
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 44: /bin/fgrep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 87: /bin/grep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 87: /bin/sed: Cannot allocate memory
Setting default font (latarcyrheb-sun16): /bin/unicode_start: line 15: /bin/kbd_mode: Cannot allocate memory
/bin/unicode_start: line 45: /bin/setfont: Cannot allocate memory
[FAILED]

Welcome to /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 102: /bin/fgrep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 108: /bin/fgrep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 115: /bin/sed: Cannot allocate memory

Press 'I' to enter interactive startup.
cat: /proc/cmdline: No such file or directory
Initializing hardware... storage/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 192: /bin/egrep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 192: /bin/egrep: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 192: /bin/sed: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 193: /bin/sed: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 193: /bin/sed: Cannot allocate memory
/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 192: /bin/egrep: Cannot allocate memory

INIT: Entering runlevel: 5
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thanks in advance...

red13hat 08-30-2007 06:37 AM

anyone? help badly needed.... :(

chrism01 08-30-2007 09:25 PM

Could be bad or loose RAM board/connection.
Try re-seating all boards/connectors.
Aslo, try booting a Live CD or Live DVD. If they have same prob, it's not (primarily) your HDD.


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