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Old 08-23-2001, 07:19 PM   #1
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Angry Red Hat claims no memory to install on my Laptop..

My latest proble... Downloaded and used 'partition magic' boot disk, I was probably a smidge over zealous with a tool I didn't know how to use (reminds me of my teenage years). Anyway, when trying to load redhat 7.1 it says 'not enough memory to install'? Somehow my computor seems to think there is no dram, there is 64 megs, I've tried removing the ram and replacing hoping it would be 'recognized'... I know I screwed up with the boot disk probably destroyin an MBR or such like... Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance,,,
Old 08-23-2001, 07:34 PM   #2
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hmm, ive never used redhat, so i dont no if it will give you a command line from the bootdisk, but if it does and you think its referring to your memory and not hard disk space you can try doing a
where X equals the amount of memory
(that might not be the right command, its been awhile, but if it isnt it should just say command not found or some garbage and you can prolly find out the right command to do that on their site, or from someone on here)

if you think its the hard disk, try running partition magic again, and see if it gives you the option to make a boot area on the disk. i know mandrake's newer install disks do, but im not sure about partion magic.

or, you can try reformatting the drive, with the floppy that came with it (if it gave you one) and then trying it again. that should create space for a mbr since itll prolly be expecting you to install winblows

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Old 08-23-2001, 07:58 PM   #3
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hello lordevereste,

yup AzrielMacKay is right, you can use the command:

linux mem=64M

Type this at the installation boot prompt. This will force the installation to use 64M of RAM. Don't forget the space between the linux and mem.

Hope this helps.
Old 08-23-2001, 08:03 PM   #4
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yep, told you someone here would know

sorry i forgot the space, i knew it didnt look exactly right
i had to do that myself when i installed mandrake about a year ago, because it didnt see all of my memory, but it atleast saw some of it
hope it helps

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Old 08-24-2001, 07:26 AM   #5
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Possible fix

If you haven't fixed this yet, try this (only for RH 7.1). At the boot prompt, type:

linux mem=exact mem=640K@0 mem=63M@1

This will tell linux exactly what your memory is and how to address it.
Old 11-14-2001, 06:01 PM   #6
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Question Memory Problem

Hi Folks,

I am a newbie here and one of those
guys who want to move to linux completely and
throw the windows out of my window.

I have a 4 year old laptop and would
want to experiment on it. I am trying to install
RH 7.2 and I only have 16 MB ram.

When I pop in the CD and run the intallation, the first thing I see is the installation disk reconizes my harddrive, CD-ROM..
etc and then says,

"Cannot install linux because of insufficient memory." Max I can upgrade my laptop
is 32 MG.

Is it possible to install with 16 MB.

All your help is appreciated.

Old 11-15-2001, 02:24 AM   #7
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I suggest that you upgrade your RAM to 32MB or higher because 32 is the minimum requirement for Red Hat 7.2 , if you want to use the graphical mode then 64MB is the suggested one.


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