Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 204897
fc5 freezes and gives constant kernel messages
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:28:29 EST
Description of problem:
I am running fc5 on a 3.2GHz P4 with an Intel D865Perl and GeForce 6200
video with kmod-nvidia installed using the 2.6.17-1.2174_FC5smp kernel.
The drives are seagate SATA drivers all with ext3 file systems.
All software has been updated with yum, and I have reinstalled and updated
twice. The fc5 installation is unstable, i.e., I constantly get freezes,
i.e., everything dies requiring hitting the reset button, or I get kernel
messages warning me of errors, e.g.,
kernel: kernel BUG at include/linux/mm.h:299!
kernel: invalid opcode: 0000 [#1]
kernel: last sysfs file: /block/sdc/removable
kernel: Modules linked in: usblp usb_storage ipv6 autofs4 hidp l2cap bluetooth
sunrpc dm_mirror dm_mod video button battery ac lp parport_pc parport nvidia(U)
ohci1394 snd_intel8x0 snd_ac97_codec snd_ac97_bus e1000 ieee1394 snd_seq_dummy
snd_seq_oss snd_seq_midi_event snd_seq sg snd_seq_device uhci_hcd floppy
snd_pcm_oss snd_mixer_oss i2c_i801 ehci_hcd snd_pcm serio_raw i2c_core
snd_timer snd soundcore snd_page_alloc ext3 jbd ata_piix ahci libata sd_mod
kernel: CPU: 1
kernel: EIP: 0060:[<c045344f>] Tainted: P VLI
kernel: EFLAGS: 00010246 (2.6.17-1.2174_F
and so on. This is only one of many typical message I receive, sometimes
warning that a reboot is needed.
I have the same problem if I am using a non-smp kernel, if I turn of
threads off in the bios, or using any setting I can set. I would say the
problem might be in hardware, i.e., motherboard, or power supply,
or cpu temperture, however all of these check out. The problem is not
in the video card or drivers, and I have used ati with the same problems
and I have run with the nVidia drivers off, and have run in the console
only at init 3, and I still get lockups. The detail that convinces
me that the problem is in the operating system software is that I installed
and old suse9.3 and then the latest ubuntu 6.06 on some spare partitions,
and when the computer is running under these operating systems it is solid
with excellent performance, and with no errors or kernel messages.
One final mystery. In attempting to reinstall fc5, the install failed
several times, locking in the middle of the process. I then attempted
to install fc4 and it consistently failed immediately after the
loading of vmlinuz with a kernel panic. I noticed that I had a dell 1700
printer connected, and turned on, and when I shut the printer down,
the install of fc5 could be completed.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
It is not. It freezes randomly, however the failures seem to be under disk
access, and not when memory and cpu are pushed. I have checked memory in bios,
and using memtest, and I have run cpuburn-1.4 extensively,
i.e., it does not fail even using the mmx test, running for over an hour. It
gets hot, clost to 60C,
but it does not crash. It typically seems to crash when disk and memory are
being used, not when memory alone is being tested. i.e., while doing a yum
install, or do a disk copy, however even this is inconsistent, as sometimes
I have no difficulties.
Steps to Reproduce:
Changing to proper owner, kernel-maint.
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
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 state.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, if this bug is
still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
Should this bug still be relevant after this period, the reporter
can reopen the bug at any time. Any other users on the Cc: list
of this bug can request that the bug be reopened by adding a
comment to the bug.
In the last few updates, some users upgrading from FC4->FC5
have reported that installing a kernel update has left their
systems unbootable. If you have been affected by this problem
please check you only have one version of device-mapper & lvm2
installed. See bug 207474 for further details.
If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.
If this bug has been fixed, but you are now experiencing a different
problem, please file a separate bug for the new problem.
This bug has been mass-closed along with all other bugs that
have been in NEEDINFO state for several months.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, this
is the only method we have of cleaning out stale bug reports
where the reporter has disappeared.
If you can reproduce this bug after installing all the
current updates, please reopen this bug.
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