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Re: Debian RAM supporting.

On Wed, 1 Apr 2009, Justin The Cynical wrote:

Daniel Suleyman wrote:
Dear ALL.
I have HP proliant DL380 G4 with 12 GB ram.
I want to install debian lenny on it. Orocessors are 32bit.
Installing debian from standard small cd debian-500-i386-netinst.iso
will allow me to use whole 12 GB or additional setup will be needed?

If you only have a 32-bit processor, you will need to install and use the bigmem kernel after the initial install, which will make use of PAE.

Search for PAE for more info if you are interested.

Personally, I think you would be better off finding a 64-bit Xeon for that machine (http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12028_div/12028_div.html lists it as an option). PAE is somewhat of a hack IMO, and there are known incompatibilities with some operating systems (FreeBSD, Solaris) and environments (desktop Windows versions).

Does this mean that if we want to have a computer with 4GB or more of RAM, that we need to get a computer with a 64 bit CPU?

Bret Busby
West Australia

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