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Old 10-21-2003, 11:21 AM   #1
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Installing/Using Linux with 1GB of RAM HELP

I am trying to Install RedHat 9 or Mandrake 9.1 on the following machine

AMD 1900+
1GB DDR 2100
40GB WD Drive

well anyway. i had been running windows 2k with the 1gb of ram for a year prior to my attempt at installing linux once again. redhat boots from the cd but when it asks where i want to install from in the actual installation program, i select cdrom and it wont see it. then i tried mandrake, mandrake hangs before bringing up the interface for installation if i have 1gb of memory.

now i tried using 512 (1 stick) and it worked fine. but then when i add the second stick it hangs before booting up. i tried each stick by itself in each slot and it works fine. just not both together. I remember seeing a setting somewhere to specify the amount of physical memory but i cant remember where. PLEASE HELP....i hate running at
Old 10-21-2003, 11:29 AM   #2
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I think you need to have HIGHMEM support enabled in the kernel. But I'd be surprised if that was crashing the installation. I have 1Gb RAM as well and had no problem installing Slackware, but I had to recompile the kernel to get it to use the extra memory.

Does the installation process give you an option for different kernels? Maybe there's one in there for himem?

Old 10-21-2003, 11:32 AM   #3
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i dont even get into the installation process. When i boot up mandrake it says hit enter for graphical installation and when i hit enter the screen goes blank and my num lock and caps lock LED on the keyboard flash
Old 10-21-2003, 11:33 AM   #4
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Try appending mem=1024M at the boot prompt. I don't know what it would look like in Mandrake but it's probably something like this:
linux mem=1024M
install mem=1024M

Old 10-21-2003, 11:54 AM   #5
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i will try that....i wish i could get redhat to work ....
Old 10-21-2003, 12:29 PM   #6
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I installed Mandrake 9.1 with 1 gb of ram, didn't have any problems at all..
Old 10-21-2003, 01:10 PM   #7
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RE: Mandrake 9.1 see their errata at for a discussion of installing Mandrake 9.1 on systems with more that 1GB of RAM. Following their directions, it installs OK.


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