XP SP2 won't start with /3GB
I have a new Dell Dimension 8400 that came with 2GB RAM. I'm running XP
SP2 and have had no problems. I installed 2 more 1GB Crucial DIMMS and
everything seems to be working except for two things (I list them both
in case they're related...):
1. MyComputer...Properties...System reports 3GB RAM and 'Physical
Address Extensions', but other tools, like MS Office's System Info
reports 4GB. The BIOS sees 4GB also.
2. Windows will not start if I add the /3GB switch to boot.ini. No
messages, no log entries (that I can find) just restarts and asks for
safe mode. Removing /3GB makes everything ok.
I've done some diagnostics as suggested by Crucial:
* Try /PAE switch - no difference in reported RAM.
* Remove old RAM and put new RAM in those slots - all seems fine.
* Put old RAM into 2nd slots - all seems fine, BIOS sees 4GB
I'm pretty sure the memory sticks are good. I've stripped all the
boot.ini options off except /3GB with the same results. Google and MSDN
searches have turned up little. (I did find KB#328269 that sounded
close but said this is fixed in SP2).
Re: XP SP2 won't start with /3GB
> (I did find KB#328269 that sounded
> close but said this is fixed in SP2).[/color]
It wouldn't be the first time something that's "fixed in SP#" isn't. :)
And this observation isn't even limited to Microsoft, let alone Windows
Palladium? Trusted Computing? DRM? Microsoft? Sauron.
"One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them
One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."