I just upgraded the BIOS of my A8V deluxe to the newest version (1014)
und tried to boot with the Suse 9.3 Live-CD, distributed by the German
If I activate "software memory hole" in the BIOS, I see only 3GB (with
the "free" comand and also inside the BIOS system information) despite
4GB of physical RAM installed.
dmesg says this:
Linux version 18.104.22.168-20a-default (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 3.3.5
(prerelease) (SUSE Linux)) #1 Wed Mar 23 21:52:37 UTC 2005
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000e4000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 00000000bffb0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bffb0000 - 00000000bffc0000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bffc0000 - 00000000bfff0000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000bfff0000 - 00000000c0000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ff780000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000100000000 - 0000000140000000 (usable)
Warning only 4GB will be used.
Use a PAE enabled kernel.
3200MB HIGHMEM available.
896MB LOWMEM available.
Just as clarification of terms:
- What is HIGHMEM and LOWMEM and shouldn't they be called the other way
round as the big part is counted from 0x00000000 on?
- Isn't PAE for 32bit OS only (I booted the 64bit version)?
So after all, would a full 64bit installation of 9.3 install a "PAE
enabled kernel", so that I would see all 4GB of installed RAM? Is this a
special choice then or simply the standard kernel?
Thanks in advance for your help!