Summary: SS5 uses only 32MB out of 128MB Memory

From: ltiu <>
Date: Thu May 02 2002 - 22:24:13 EDT

For some reason that I think is normal with Solaris2.6/SunOS5.6:

It tries it's best to use less than 32MB RAM at all time and will only use 
the rest of the RAM when you are really stressing it - like gunzipping a 
150MB file or running a Java program that uses up 128MB RAM. Weird. I do not 
see this behavior in Solaris8.

Thanks for all you guys who suggested solutions.


Subject: SS5 uses only 32MB out of 128MB Memory
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 20:48:59 -0700
From: ltiu <>

Hello guys,

Found an interesting problem that I did not notice for over 3 months.

The SS5 that I am using uses only 32MB of RAM, regardless of whether there is
64, 96 or 128MB of total RAM installed. My system uses swap all the time
since 32MB that it use is not enough. The funny thing is that top reports
that a lot of free RAM is available but it never gets used even during heavy
memory usage like starting up iPlanet.

I've tried switching the RAM around between memory slots but this did not
solve the problem.

What could be the problem here?

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