Shadow RAM and L2 Write Back Cache

Shadow RAM and L2 Write Back Cache

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Posted by jdaspinw on March 15, 2000 at 02:22:17:

Hey, someone out there can surely help me.

I'm trying to setup Windows NT on my computer, and once it gets to
the build 1381 for uniprocessor kernel and all that crap it stops
responding. It makes it through the configuration of the hardware
fine, and then freezes. There's no stop message or an address to
follow up on or anything. Microsoft's site mentions something about
Shadow RAM and the L2 Write Back Cache having to be disabled. Well
I have a Compaq Presario, which means that my BIOS is this pretty
little blue screen with no options to access hardly anything, and
everything is named what Compaq feels like naming it, so that any user
that feels like messing with their computer is going to have to be
a darn good guesser to try and figure out what things really are. I
have two things that I want to check out on there, and I was wondering
if anyone has any information about them. The first is Alternative Memory
Reporting. What is that? I've never seen that in a BIOS before. The other
is this onboard VGA contorller that I have disabled in the PCI settings, and then
enabled in it's own little area in the bios. It's stealing 8mb of RAM from me
so that Windows and Linux only report 120mb of RAM. I have a Voodoo3 graphics
card, so if I can disable this in the bios and get that 8mb of RAM back, then
I'd like to do so. Anyway, to make a long story short. On a Compaq Presario 7470
are Shadow RAM or the L2 Write Back Cache enabled in the BIOS, and if so, how do I shut
them off so that I can install NT. Any help you can give would be great.


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