memory the bios reads but linux doesn't?

Marty Leisner (
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 08:59:24 PDT

I upgraded ram on a machine (went from 16 to 24 mbyte).
This is an older compaq 486 DX2/50 presario.

In linux it sees 16 Mbyte, in windows 95 it sees 24 Mbyte...
The bios checks all 24 Mbyte.

I had to boot with
for it to see the memory...

Why? How can I make this easier?

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