Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 54908
Sound server fatal error
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:37:42 EDT
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Description of problem:
KDE set to auto login with normal user account. Get error message once
KDE loads, I believe when the sound server is trying to start.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2.Login to KDE as normal user
Actual Results: Get error message stating..
"Sound server fatal error: cpu overload, aborting"
Expected Results: KDE sound server, aRts should start up without error.
Sound system is on an eMachine, I810 chipset.
Created attachment 34661 [details]
Backtrace or Traceback file
By any chance, are you on a relatively slow CPU and running lots of other
things in the background? artsd will fail with that message if your CPU can't
handle its load at the moment (I'm seeing this message when starting KDE when
the system load is already at 10).
It's a Celeron 766 w/512M RAM on an eMachine. There aren't really any other
programs running besides KDE starting up except xinetd, sendmail, httpd, atd,
anacron, crond, gpm, identd,keytable, kudzu, sshd, ntpd, network, portsentry,
rhnsd, sgi_fam, smb, syslog, and xfs.
What exactly are you doing to get a 10 at system load? As in what command to
I confirm. My machine is Intel Celeron 128 MB RAM.
This started to happen after upgrading to kernel 2.4.9-7 (still exist with
2.4.9-13 kernel) via RedHat Network.
System works fine with genuine 2.4.7-10 kernel that comes with RH 7.2 CDs.
I can confirm the same issue on a Compaq AP250, Genuine Intel P3-866 with 256MB
ECC RAMBUS memory. Compaq product specs for the PC at
The system ran fine under original Red Hat 7.1 installation and after upgrading
to the Red Hat Linux v7.2 (enigma) distribution. After running up2date and
downloading/installing all updates logging into KDE produces the same "Sound
server fatal error, CPU overload, aborting" error message. This then causes
knotify to fail and produce a SIGNAL 6. Trying to play a sound with the KDE
media player produces the same error.
Logging into GNOME and enabling the sound seems to work OK. Switching to run
level 3 I can play sounds with the play command line utility but launching
startx from run level 3 results in the same sound error on KDE startup as
logging in under run level 5. If I switch from the newer 2.4.9-13 kernel back
to the original 2.4.7-10 kernal then everything works OK.
Yes, also confirmed. eMachines 1090 with 256M of RAM, Celeron 900. Not much
going on when KDE starts, only thing I have started is httpd/mysqld. Worked
fine with 2.4.7-10, stopped working when 2.4.9-13 kernel installed via up2date.
We are also experiencing this problem on an AMD Athlon 1.4GHz with 512 MB RAM and a Creative SoundBlaster 128 PCI (ES1371) sound card. We don't know if it worked with kernel 2.4.7 since when we installed Redhat 7.2 we immediately upgraded to the latest kernel using up2date before we got the sound system working. We are using KDE desktop.
Problem reported on Compaq AP250 with Intel i810 chipset resolved by latest run of up2date which included 2.4.9-31 kernel and 2.2.2-2 KDE
packages. Sound server is now functioning normally for KDE desktop.
I haven't seen this error/bug in Skipjack public beta 1 as of yet, although I
don't use it as a workstation except right after install to configure it as a
server then I go to init-3.
Anyone else getting any errors on this one in the beta?
We have experienced the problem on machines that use the I810 chipset, kernel
2.4.9-13, kde 2.2.2-2. artsd increases it's use of cpu resources in the first 20
- 30 sec until the error appears and artsd dies with a 6 (SIGABRT), other cpu
intensive processes can slow down the rate of artsd resource useage. Moving down
to 2.4.7-10 or up to 2.4.9-31 cures the problem. Same spec machines with
soundblaster or via82 cards and 2.4.9-13 do not have the same problem.
i cannot reproduce it with a newer version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
or Fedora Core. it's fixed in current release.