[ILUG-BOM] Intel motherboard BIOS...

Rajesh Deo linuxers@mm.ilug-bom.org.in
Wed Jul 31 09:28:03 2002

On Sun, 2002-07-28 at 06:21, Sameer Shinde wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "B. J. Ram Rao" <ramrao@bajirao.com>
> Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 6:00 PM
> >  Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
> > kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb3 hdc=ide-scsi
> >    [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=0xfa203]
> > 
> > Error 28: Selected item cannot fit into memory
> > 
> > Press any key to continue...
> > -------------------------------------------------------------
> > However Windows Me still boots perfectly.
> > Even upgrading to GRUB 0.92 did not help!
> > 
> > Can anybody advise me on what is going on? What steps should I take to
> > correct the situation. 

The grub manual says:

28 : Selected item cannot fit into memory
This error is returned if a kernel, module, or raw file load command is
either trying to load its data such that it won't fit into memory or it
is simply too big.

Grub loading by BIOS is complete, GRUB is now booting your kernel, but
it might be that whatever the kernel is trying to load is too big for
the available memory size. Is this a custom kernel with initrd loading a
bunch of modules etc. ? I am not sure whether this will cause something
like this.

If not, and assuming that your grub config was okay, it might be a BIOS
and grub compatibility issue or it might have to do with some BIOS
settings, specially ones that affect the way hard disks are accessed. A
little safe playing around with BIOS settings might help, (Not manual
setting of HDD geometry, see other things such as raid support etc.)

> 1 clear the mbr by - fdisk/mbr
> 2. boot into linux (with bootable disk ) & edit the grub file
> to correct the paths.
> I haven't used grub, so I can't help u much in that but don't worry
> somebody else will definitely help u.

This may not be useful as GRUB loads, and gives error when transferring
control to kernel.


> >I'd prefer to keep the new Intel BIOS P14. One
> > compelling reason being that I don't know how to roll back to the old
> > Intel BIOS P05.

Just use older BIOS flash disk, with explicit overwriting of BIOS option
selected, normally present as a menu option as the flash program boots.