I recently have experienced a problem with my 486DX-33 in booting the
installation disk for SLS-1.03. After starting the lp polling section
of boot which checks for installed hardware I receive the following
Memory: 13544k/16384k available (664k kernel code, 384k reserved, 1792k data)
nr_free_pages is 3385, but free_page_list is empty
Kernel panic : VFS: Unable to initialize buffer free list!
In swapper task - not syncing
At this point of course the system hangs and needs to be rebooted. I have
booted this exact same install disk on other machines without problem
making it to login. I suspect that the problem is DRAM related since the
swapper is having trouble initalizing pages. I have had this machine running
this install disks a few days ago without problem when I had 20M of DRAM.
( Depopulated 4M Simms from upper bank to give to a friend in need who wanted
to run XFREE ). Now my 16M ( 4 x 4M 70ns Simms in bank 0 ) of memory won't boot.
I have tried moving Simms around in bank position, run several memory test in
DOS, and adjusted wait states in BIOS to provide maximum timing for memory to try
to isolate if there is a particular Simm causing the problem. If anyone has
experience a similiar problem or has some other ideas ( In addition to buying
more memory ) which would help me pin point the problem, I would appreciate
input. Perhaps even I am off in left field and the DRAM is not the problem? I
should also note that I have been running DOS 5.0 and Windoze 3.1 without any
PS: HARDWARE CONFIGURATION: 486DX/33, 16Meg (4x4M-70ns), ET4000 graphics card,
and 220M IDE harddrive and controller.