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Old 06-29-2004, 04:28 PM   #1
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Memory problems installing RH9

I am trying to install RH 9 on a older computer to use for one task. The computer is a Compaq Prosignia 300 with 156M ram. Every time I attempt the install-- even if with text only, low resolution, and no probing hardware options are selected-- I get an error "You do not have enough RAM to install Red Hat Linux on this machine". I also tried installing RH 7. For text install I believe the memory requirements on RH9 is 64M so I should have more then enough memory. I would appreciate any assistance anyone could provide. Thanks George.
Old 06-30-2004, 01:56 AM   #2
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I am running RH7.3 happily on a machine with 64MB. I once tried installing RH9 on it - the install worked, but it was hitting the disk cache heavily making the system very unresponsive.

Your "not enough RAM" messages imply to me that the RH install media is having trouble accessing your RAM properly. You might want to run a RAM test utility, or try removing the memory modules one at a time.
Old 07-06-2004, 10:47 AM   #3
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Me to.

I have an exact Compaq Prosignia 300 that is giving me that error for Red Hat 9, Fedora Core 1, and Fedora Core 2. I doubt it's the media, it's probably a result of the questionable archetechure that Compaq comes up with.

If I find a resolution, I'll be happy to share.
Old 07-06-2004, 01:59 PM   #4
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On my system, I have 96MB of memory. Using the following boot command with the Fedora Core 1 CD worked for me:

linux text askmethod mem=exactmap mem=640K@0 mem=95M@1M

Note that Fedora Core 2 (which uses the 2.6 kernel) did not work with this map at all and locked the machine up rather tightly.

Give this a shot, good luck.


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