Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 169664
Kernel Crashes - Corrupts Drive Data - Athlon X2 Issues
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:22:20 EST
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Description of problem:
System crashes shortly after boot - lots of disk driver related complaining on the screen - kernel panics - data on drive corropted.
This applies only to AMD Processords running 64 bit version as far as I know. And it may be limited to specific hardware. The problem appears using my Asus Motherboard with the NVidea Chipset. And it only happens with 4 gigs of ram installed. With 2 gigs the problem goes away. I believe it's related mapping memory above the 4gb limit and the 32 bit drivers don't know how to talk to high memory. It might also be Athlon X2 dual core related
The problem has been fixed in the 2.6.13 kernel. I don't know where it is fixed but the new kernel is rock solid. So - the solution to this problem is create a 2.6.13 kernel.
In addition - there is a second bug related to CPU interropt timers that has been discovered and a patch has been created to fix it. The problem is rapid clock advancing - about 10 seconds per minute. It is apparently related to the two processors and lost ticks. This explains it:
And it contains a patch that everyone says works - and it works for me.
diff --git a/arch/x86_64/kernel/time.c b/arch/x86_64/kernel/time.c
@@ -959,9 +959,6 @@ static __init int unsynchronized_tsc(voi
are handled in the OEM check above. */
if (boot_cpu_data.x86_vendor == X86_VENDOR_INTEL)
- /* All in a single socket - should be synchronized */
- if (cpus_weight(cpu_core_map) == num_online_cpus())
- return 0;
/* Assume multi socket systems are not synchronized */
return num_online_cpus() > 1;
So - I'm brain dead right now but a new kernel is needed using 126.96.36.199+ with this patch.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
All current Kernels
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot Stock Kernel
2.Wait 2 minutes
3.Run FSCK all night trying to fix drives
2.6.14-1.1637_FC4 has been released as an update for FC4.
Please retest with this update, as a large amount of code has been changed in
this release, which may have fixed your problem.
This is a mass-update to all currently open kernel bugs.
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.15-1.1830_FC4)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.
Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.
This bug has been placed in NEEDINFO_REPORTER state.
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still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
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If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.
Closing per previous comment.