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Re: Mundane question about memory needed

Mike Yukish <mikeyukish@psu.edu> writes:

> I am a Linux newbie, and I just managed to get the Debian 2.2 R3
> booted up on my PowerMac 7600/120. Tried to do 'startx' and the
> kernel paniced. I loaded the Gnome package on the initial
> installation.

What was the text from the kernel panic?  It should be in

> Before I go any further in troubleshooting, I should mention I only
> have 16 MB RAM, and selected 16 MB virtual ram in the Mac control
> panel. 

Changing your "virtual ram" in the Mac control panel will have no
effect on what you do in Debian.

> Would it crash for not enough RAM? I'm going to buy more anyway, but
> I was curious if that could be the cause right there, and not fiddle
> with the software until I do get the RAM.

The kernel shouldn't panic; it should just kill some processes.

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