> Hi People,
> I've been trying to install Linux on a Friends P5/100. I'm getting
> errors while the ramdisk is loaded with color.gz. The errors are
> given below:
> Trying to free nonexistent swap-page
> Trying to duplicate nonexistent swap-page
> This seems to indicate to me that there is some memory management error
> occuring, or perhaps some of his RAM is shot (16MB).
> Has anyone seen this error before? Is it hardware or software related?
> Are there any known fixes?
> All help greatly appreciated. Please email me rather than reply to news.
> I've got to get this thing fixed urgently.
I recently started getting these errors when I installed a new 16MB
SIMM. I have since determined that the memory is bad and am taking
it back. When I run with my original 20MB I never get these errors;
they appear when I add the new memory, or even run with only the new
memory. The wild part is that it even passed Norton's comprehensive
memory tests. My buddy wrote me a little C function that does a simple
data-equals-address RAM test after allocating 10MB or so of RAM and
runs until it finds a mis-compare. This found the memory fault.
Unfortunately for you, you'd have to get far enough to install the
compiler to get it to run, or I can send you a binary (a.out) uuencoded
if you like. That only requires the A disk sets to be installed,
just enough to have a console prompt.
Anyway, I'd say the memory is flaky, hope your friend can take it back.
P.S. Oh yeah, the DOS game Duke Nukem also showed up the memory faults
by getting a protection fault. That game does some heavy 3D rendering.