[syslinux] difference between memdisk and microsoft ramdisk

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Fri Jan 19 11:28:41 PST 2007

sandin wrote:
> Noticed that when you try to load an operating system using memdisk, the system sees the total system memory minus what was loaded by memdisk....
>   But when you boot off a microsoft ramdisk all the system memory is shown....

That's because a microsoft ramdisk is allocated *from* the operating 
system, as opposed to *before* the operating system.

>   Does this provide any insight into how one might boot a large ramdisk image and successfully run xp or xpe?

None whatsoever.


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