Re: problems with memory/file corruption

root (
Sun, 7 Apr 1996 18:16:41 -0700 (PDT)

Well, Linux may be good, but it does seem strange that OS/2 and Win NT
runs without any problems on the same machine. I have just had my entire
motherboard & ram replaced and have the *exact* same problems in Linux.

There is a nasty bug in Linux lurking somewhere, only going away when
you disabel both the internal & external CPU caches.


On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, Simon Karpen wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Simon Karpen