> Am a noob at this , but i had 1GB of ram in my dell precision
> workstation. Took that out put in 2x2GB, checked the dell it saw the
> 4gb. Started up SUSE, it only registers about 3, 3115268k.
> Here is my uname -a output, not sure what else i would need to provide
> you folks.
> Linux ws-0522 184.108.40.206-31-default #1 SMP 2007/09/21 22:29:00 UTC i686
> i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Install and boot the -pae kernel, you can later remove the -default kernel.
most likely the motherboard or BIOS has a 3 gig limit…
google “motherboard 3 gig memory limit dell precision” (without the
quote signs) brings lots to read…
google on your specific Dell’s model number and some variation of
the above and you will probably learn if the limit is the board OR the
bios…and, maybe a BIOS flash will raise the limit…
if your board/BIOS is not limited to 3 gigs then you need to boot from
a CD/DVD and run memtest until you figure out which stick (or socket)
is broke…[hint, text one stick at a time, and it can take a LONG
time to fully test a stick]
I know that but it doesn’t work quite well, the hardware needs to support it and it’s not available on every system, especialy not on low budget home systems.
I have quite a lot of expensive machines here at home and none of them allow me to use the full 4 gigs of RAM even with PAE enabled, not in windows and not in linux.