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FS#5447 - Grub error 28 with > 2gig of memory when loading 64-bit kernel

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by R. L. Bekkema (Haiyadragon) - Monday, 25 September 2006, 17:42 GMT
Last edited by arjan timmerman (blaasvis) - Sunday, 15 October 2006, 09:22 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category System
Status Closed
Assigned To Andreas Radke (AndyRTR)
Architecture not specified
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7.2 Gimmick
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Apparently Grub can't deal with systems that have more than 2 gigs of memory very well and will not detect the available memory correctly. It will not detect enough to load a 64-bit kernel (in my case anyway) and it will throw an "Error 28 Selected item cannot fit into memory". A bug report (for Grub) with a patch was filed about two years ago but it was never actually absorbed.

Bug report with patch:

Maybe it's a good idea to include this patch in the Grub build.
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Closed by  Andreas Radke (AndyRTR)
Thursday, 16 November 2006, 22:25 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Pierre Schmitz (Pierre) - Friday, 06 October 2006, 02:08 GMT
Try this package:
I was able to boot Arch64 with 3GB of memory.

For Maintainers: The source can be found at:
Comment by R. L. Bekkema (Haiyadragon) - Friday, 06 October 2006, 06:26 GMT
That worked great. Hopefully this'll make it into current.
Comment by Pierre Schmitz (Pierre) - Friday, 06 October 2006, 10:51 GMT
Yes this should be included in arch32-repository, too.
Comment by Pierre Schmitz (Pierre) - Sunday, 08 October 2006, 01:39 GMT
Just wanted to say: The package moved to