Error: "PCI-DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space" with Xen kernel

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10



XEN virtualization and system with less than 3 GB of memory

An ERROR: PCI-DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space is reported by the kernel, possibly in combination with other error messages from device drivers which use DMA, for example
Jan 1 16:55:32 srvr kernel: PCI-DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space for 16384 bytes at device 0000:06:01.0
Jan 1 16:55:32 srvr kernel: 3w-9xxx: scsi1: ERROR: (0x06:0x001C): Failed to map scatter gather list.


This is a specific instance of a problem discussed in detail in TID 3692489 - Xen fails to boot or hangs; refer to that TID for resolution steps.


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  • Document ID:7000060
  • Creation Date: 14-Apr-2008
  • Modified Date:16-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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