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 HELP: file system gone after adding RAM

Please let me know if you encountered this type of
situation and if you have any idea where the problem
comes from.

I have recently bought a NEC Versa 6030X laptop.
It is running both windows 95b and linux redhat 4.2
using lilo.
Everything seemed more or less fine, then
I added 32Mb by Kingston to the existing 16Mb RAM.
Then WIndows kept working fine but when I tried to boot
linux, I found some complaint about the FAT and that
the fs was not there!
So it could not boot and I reinstalled linux again
(and I have to do it via ftp because the floppy
and cdrom are swappable and I can't have them at the
same time as redhat requires, what a pain!).
I used the machine for a while, then the day after the
same problem! Cannot find the file system.
I have then taken the extra memory out again and reinstalled
linux all over again.
Now it has been working fine for 2 days.
Could it be that the memory is bad ?
Or something wrong in my linux installation ?
Any ideas ? Suggestions ?

Thank you very much!


 Thu, 02 Mar 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 HELP: file system gone after adding RAM

On Sun, 14 Sep 1997 17:46:00 -0400,


That looks quite similar to someone else's problem with W95
repeatedly destroying the Linux partitions.  It's interesting
that adding memory triggered it in your case.

Something in W95 is severely screwing up, making it expand
its partition into the Linux area.  It _could_ be flaky
memory, or it could be any of a number of possible bugs in
W95, triggered somehow by the added memory.  Anyway, in both
cases the Linux partitions are put in danger every time Windows
runs.  I'd suggest, (A) getting that 32 meg tested thoroughly
and if it's solid, (B) moving the partitions around so that
the Linux partition is first and the Windows partition winds
up physically at the end of the drive.  That way, if Windows
tries to write past the end of its partition it'll run into
a wall.

I wonder if it isn't a deliberate "time bomb" of some sort?

 Fri, 03 Mar 2000 03:00:00 GMT   
 HELP: file system gone after adding RAM

On 15 Sep 1997, Andrew Costa wrote:

   That was me ! :) Running the W95 format on a partition flagged as DOS
from linux fdisk, destroyed the Linux partition also... I think that's
Micro$hit's way of dealing with competition...
   The solution ? Removed W95 forever..

All the best,

Renato Moutinho Silva  -
AIX/SunOS/Solaris/Linux   Workstations Manager

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