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Hi, I have a pc with ASUS P4P800-X (i865 + ICH5) P4 3.0E 4GB DC-DDR333@320 (4x1GB Kingston) Seagate 200GB SATA and I am running Linux (Woody) I have the same ...
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    linux on sata disk and 4gb memory


    Hi, I have a pc with
    ASUS P4P800-X (i865 + ICH5)
    P4 3.0E
    4GB DC-DDR333@320 (4x1GB Kingston)
    Seagate 200GB SATA
    and I am running Linux (Woody)

    I have the same problem with more than one kernels
    When I have 4GB memory the system is running too slow, but when I have 2GB memory is running fine. I run Knoppix (liveCD) and WinXPPro_SP1 (liveCD) and the system with 4GB memory goes fine.
    I have try kernels 2.6.9 , 2.4.28 , 2.4.26 , 2.4.19 , 2.4.17 but nothing.

    I can't understand if the problem is in ich5 or on kernel configuration.

    Can anyone help ???

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    Enable himem support in kernel.
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    as zdawg said, himem isnt enabled by default and since you have a large Mb Ram capacity, this option is deffinitly required for your system to be optimal :P
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    I have try 4GB and 64GB support in the kernel but the performance is still low.

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    Since you've try many Kernel the problem probly isn't from this...
    Did you install the latest BIOS of your MB
    did you try contacting ASUS regarding having a full 4Gb ram setup, (i've use old mb in the past sold with 256mb ram support, that never worked over 64mb)

    Did you try putting only 3 (one DIMM removed)
    Is there a setting that "auto" calculate the ram... can you set it manually

    Those are all "Ipothetic" but are exactly the step I would take to troubleshoot this problem... It could even be (i've seen this before) one of your slot isn't working properly
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    I have try Knoppix Live CD and WinXP Pro SP1 LiveCD and WinXP Pro SP1 from HDD and everything was fine with 4GB memory. So I think that kernel is the problem, something with 4GB memory support and SATA support on ICH5.
    I have the latest bios and I have check the memory (4GB) with memtest86+ for over 2 hours.
    I have not send mail to ASUS because I am thinking that the problem isn't in the m/b but at the kernel configuration.

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