Bug 60934 - System locks up nightly with a kernel drm error
System locks up nightly with a kernel drm error
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2002-03-09 12:02 EST by John
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:40 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-03-10 23:29:14 EST
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The XF86Config-4 (1.79 KB, text/plain)
2002-03-09 12:04 EST, John
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The output of 'lspci -v' (3.33 KB, text/plain)
2002-03-09 12:06 EST, John
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/proc/interrupts (642 bytes, text/plain)
2002-03-09 12:06 EST, John
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/var/log/XFree86.0.log (75.89 KB, text/plain)
2002-03-10 23:27 EST, John
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/var/log/XFree86.9.log (25.97 KB, text/plain)
2002-03-10 23:28 EST, John
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/var/log/message.1 (504.64 KB, text/plain)
2002-03-10 23:29 EST, John
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Description John 2002-03-09 12:02:02 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.1.3 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020205

Description of problem:
We've set up a new dual Athlon MP workstation, running RedHat 7.2.
Everything is running smoothly, except it has crashed each of its
first three nights!

When we reboot it in the morning, we find the following sort of message in the log:
Mar  8 20:07:47 etc kernel: [drm:radeon_freelist_get] *ERROR* returning NULL!,
and then messages saying that this message has been repeated many times.
(The full output is shown below.)

As you can tell from the log entry, the video card is a Radeon.  All
of the XF86Config-4 settings are those autodetected by Xconfigurator.

The machine is stock RH7.2, and completely up2date.

(Since it happens nightly, we suspect that some screensaver is
triggering the X/DRM bug.  We haven't figure out which one, though.
It doesn't seem correlated with any cron job.)

I'm going to attach 'lspci -v,' 'cat /proc/interrupts,' and the

Thanks for looking into this,

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel-smp-2.4.9-31  (It's the athlon kernel.)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
0. find a machine like ours :)
1. Install RH7.2
2. up2date everything
3. wait

Actual Results:
Mar  8 20:07:47 etc kernel: [drm:radeon_freelist_get] *ERROR* returning NULL!
Mar  8 20:08:18 etc last message repeated 1353 times
Mar  8 20:09:19 etc last message repeated 2774 times
Mar  8 20:10:20 etc last message repeated 2735 times
Mar  8 20:11:21 etc last message repeated 2791 times
Mar  8 20:12:22 etc last message repeated 2720 times
Mar  8 20:13:23 etc last message repeated 2819 times
Mar  8 20:14:26 etc last message repeated 2675 times
Mar  8 20:15:27 etc last message repeated 2772 times
Mar  8 20:16:28 etc last message repeated 2708 times
Mar  8 20:17:29 etc last message repeated 2749 times
Mar  8 20:17:47 etc last message repeated 842 times

Expected Results:  The machine should stay up without crashing for years. :)

Additional info:
Comment 1 John 2002-03-09 12:04:37 EST
Created attachment 48022 [details]
The XF86Config-4
Comment 2 John 2002-03-09 12:06:05 EST
Created attachment 48023 [details]
The output of 'lspci -v'
Comment 3 John 2002-03-09 12:06:49 EST
Created attachment 48024 [details]
Comment 4 Mike A. Harris 2002-03-10 21:57:33 EST
Please attach X log, and /var/log/messages
Comment 5 John 2002-03-10 23:26:23 EST
Ok, here's the info you requested.

We set the screensaver only blank the screen on Friday, and it hasn't
crashed since.  Hopefully that will be useful information to someone. :)

I'm including both X logs that were in /var/log, and /var/log/message.1,
which logs most of the history of the install. (/var/log/messages only
contains today's ssh and su activity, and it hasn't crashed over that
time period,. so I haven't included it.

Let me know if there is any other info you need.
Comment 6 John 2002-03-10 23:27:26 EST
Created attachment 48086 [details]
Comment 7 John 2002-03-10 23:28:12 EST
Created attachment 48087 [details]
Comment 8 John 2002-03-10 23:29:10 EST
Created attachment 48088 [details]
Comment 9 Mike A. Harris 2002-07-26 07:14:19 EDT
I've just tried to reproduce this problem again using Red Hat Linux 7.3
and both a Radeon VE, and a Radeon 7000 card (the newer VE).  The problem
does not occur for me with either card.  I'm closing this as fixed
in Red Hat Linux 7.3 (CURRENTRELEASE).

If you still have the problem with 7.3, please reopen.
Comment 10 John 2002-07-26 11:45:21 EDT
Were you able to reproduce the problem with 7.2?

We'll upgrade that machine in the next week or two, to see if that fixes the

Thanks for checking into this!

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