Robert Heron wrote:

I use:

FreeBSD 7.0-R on i386 server with motherboard S5000VSA and 6GB RAM onboard. BIOS version - 88 (the latest)

Kernel includes: options        MAXMEM=(6*1024*1024)
And FreeBSD reports only:

real memory  = 2680160256 (2556 MB)
avail memory = 2617892864 (2496 MB)

Why? What is wrong that FreeBSD sees only about 2.5GB instead of 6GB?

The i386 architecture cannot address more than 4GB (== 2^32) of RAM unless you use PAE (i.e. the PAE kernel). You don't need to set MAXMEM either, since it's autodetected.


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