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Example of e820 information from dmesg

e820 is shorthand for the facility by which the BIOS of x86-based computer systems reports the memory map to the operating system or boot loader.[1]

It is accessed via the int 15h call, by setting the AX register to value E820 in hexadecimal. It reports which memory address ranges are usable and which are reserved for use by the BIOS.[2]

BIOS-e820 is often the first thing reported by a booting Linux kernel, and it can also be seen with the dmesg command.


  1. ^ "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface Specification" (PDF). Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  2. ^ Erich Boleyn (1996-07-02). "INT 15h, AX=E820h - Query System Address Map". Retrieved 2020-03-11.

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