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Thread: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

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    Exclamation Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Running OpenSuse 11.1 64-bit with latest kernel. Running with 2GB (single stick ) of ram and added another 2GB stick. Motherboard shows ram as 4Gb dual channel at 128 bit. When trying to boot OpenSuse splash screen shows then monitor goes to sleep. Will boot in safe-mode and shows 4Gb of ram. Dual boot with Vista which boots no problem. Anyone got any ideas??:
    Camco
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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Try to recheck the ram if it is seated properly in the slot.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Thanks did that definitely in firmly. Still have the issue!
    Camco
    NZ Penguin

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Was looking at what Safe-mode chops out when booting. High video etc, but can't really see why the OS won't boot normally!!?
    Camco
    NZ Penguin

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Run a memtest (Installation CD/DVD) for at least several hours, best would be over night.

    The fact, that Windows is running and Linux is not is _no_ indicator, that your new RAM is OK, on the contrary.

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Thanks I'll give that a shot, although Suse will boot with either stick but not with both!
    Camco
    NZ Penguin

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    camc0 wrote:
    > Thanks I'll give that a shot, although Suse will boot with either stick
    > but not with both!


    sounds very much like a hardware/firmware problem..
    (google around, you can find LOTS of it "out there"...some in these
    fora, try http://forums.opensuse.org/search.php)

    closely check the motherboard maker's site for info...look for a BIOS
    upgrade....LOTS of main boards were born with exactly the type of
    problem you describe....in many (most?) cases the upgraded BIOS solves
    the problem..

    how/why it works with Windows is a mystery to me, EXCEPT that consumer
    level board makers routinely build to M$ specifications, so it should
    be no surprise it works...they could care less that 5% of the home
    consumer market _might_ have problems..

    but, if you move up to enterprise class hardware, they build for and
    test with REAL software...and, IBM, DELL, HP, and etc who sell
    industrial strength hardware have no such (another 2 gigs of RAM
    kills) problems on _those_ machines..

    think big!

    --
    palladium

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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Windows tends to work low-order memory harder than high-order, whereas
    Linux does the opposite. Quite frequently, a memory failure will
    affect one worse than the other.


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    Cool Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    Thanks for the advice. Can't fit an extensive mem test in at the moment but when I can will post the result!
    Camco
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    Default Re: Added more ram now OpenSuse won't boot

    It could also be in the voltage used for the memory. On my main machine I have to put it up to 1,90 otherwise I have the same problem: failsafe boots, normal does not.
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