Re: Memory being incorrected sized at boot-up

Alan Cox (
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 08:30:44 +0100 (BST)

> I recently popped a copy of Linux (2.0.30) on my Compaq Deskpro 2000 at
> work and was amazed to see that it incorrectly reported the amount of RAM.
> The box contains 32MB, but the kernel only sees 16MB.
> Yes, I know, lilo append="mem=32M".
> But I thought I would let you (the developers) realize this. This isn't an
> issue of BIOS & >64MB of RAM (which I see plenty of messages about), it's
> something else.

By default compaq's dont tend to report over 16Mb via the normal bios query
function. They do some limiting of their own as well. I dont know if its
a compatibility thing or what