problems with memory/file corruption

Simon Karpen (
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 13:58:32 -0500 (EST)

I think that there is a real probability that most seem to overlook:
marginal DRAM chips. Most current motherboards do not even support parity
checking, let alone ECC. Newer versions of Linux are significantly faster
than older ones (the speedup from 1.2.13 to 1.3.57, which i am running
now, is probably at least 50%). some hardware that would work fine with
the slower kernels is suddenly not quite fast enough. the lack of
parity/ECC means that the errors that do crop up will often go undetected.
a DOS-based memory checker is worthless as the OS/checker are too slow to
really strain things. however, people might want to try swapping out
their SIMMs (pref. with faster ones) and see if it helps.

Simon Karpen