Re: Sound/Floppy DMA alloc problems 2.1, 8MB RAM

Aaron Tiensivu (
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 19:36:00 -0500

Tom Lees writes:
> Hi. I am currently using the 2.1 kernel series (2.1.24), but I have the
> following problem:-
> When I try to use the soundcard (DSP), I get the "/dev/dsp: Out of memory"
> or similar, and the kernel reports "Sound error: Couldn't allocate DMA
> buffer". The AWE32 driver works OK, unless it is loaded as a module, in
> which case, the entire system locks up when you try to use it.

Try this magic voodoo:
echo 300 400 500 >/proc/sys/vm/freepages

It's a good "default" for low memory systems.

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