real memory falsely reports 8G, BIOS & avail memory reports 1G

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Wed Aug 11 18:22:59 UTC 2010


I wrote
> > A laptop here emits a puzzlingly dmesg to both 8.1-RC2 & 8.1-RELEASE:
> > 	real memory  = 8572108800 (8175 MB)
> > 	avail memory = 1018789888 (971 MB)
> > BIOS reckons it has 1G. No panel to unscrew to inspect memory. 
> > I don't beleive 8G

Thanks to off list responses from Julian Elischer & Paul Wootton :-)

dmidecode --type memory # /usr/ports/sysutils/dmidecode/
shows this laptop not returning good output, just
	# dmidecode 2.10
	SMBIOS 2.3 present.

	Wrong DMI structures count: 43 announced, only 23 decoded.

Well, laptop does work, X & audio etc :-)

Source for me to look at later:
	vi -c/reasonable /sys/amd64/amd64/machdep.c

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