I recently upgraded from RedHat Linux 6.0 to 6.2, expecting that the
shutdown -h / halt bug would be fixed. I was wrong.
I have a K6-2/400 and a TMC ATX motherboard. Every time i try to halt the
system, it spits out 2 pages of a core dump:
The system is halted.
stopping al md devices.
The kernel is unable to handle virtual paging request at address 0x00008885
Then it continues to dump the core. the address 0x00008885 is the same
every time. I don't know why it doesn't work. Its also the same in 6.0
Your BIOS is crashing after being told to power the machine
off. Your options are
a) try upgrading the BIOS
b) apply an experimental patch that switches to real mode before
powering off (it's in 2.2.15pre18)
c) remove the '-p' from the last line of /etc/rc.d/init.d/halt,
(this tells it not to try to power the machine off.)
I have the same problem, same cpu, Epox EP-MVP3G motherboard 7.16.99 Award BIOS
v4.51 PG. Maybe it is a bug in the halt code for power off for an AMD K6-2? Also
came up with the same solution (ie. remove -p from halt command).
PS MeSsy Win98 shuts down and powers off ok (on those ever rarer occasions it
gets the opportunity).