Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65320
Kernel 2.4.18-3-SMP Locks on boot
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:42:42 EDT
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Description of problem:
Kernel locks on boot w/ EPoX DV3A Motherboard w/ Dual PIII 667s. Gets to PTY:
Unix98 ptys ... or I get bad EIP value kernel panic: attempted to kill the idle
task! Then locks. This happens regardless of which MPS is being used (1.1 or
1.4) also happens whether APM is on or off. Note that the 2.4.7-10Enterprise
kernel will boot most of the time in MPS 1.1 mode.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the SMP Kernel in Red Hat 7.3 on a motherboard of same type
Expected Results: The kernel should boot.
Video Card: Riva TNT2 Ultra
CPUs: two Intel P3 667s
Motherboard: EPoX EP-D3VA
Raid Controler: HighPoint 370 ATA100 Raid Controler
Hard Drive: Maxtor 7200 RPM ATA100 20 Gig
Carefully researched and tried every related suggestion on www.linuxdoc.org to
if it's the same EIP every time, could you try to see which function that is?
(The kernel will print that with the addresses)
have you try the kernel 2.4-18-5SMP?
I have a similar issue with 3 other Red Hat servers. (v 7.1 and 7.3) When
using the 2.4.18-? kernels the system locks on boot everytime. I can go back
on the version (2.4.9-34 or earlier) and the boot is fine.
One server is an Intel 440gx server platform which needs the SMP kernel to
work. The other two are MSI and gigabyte with AMD processors and I'm not
using the SMP kernel.
It looks like the one common thread is that they all have some type of raid
controller. My systems all run off of SCSI RAID, I believe AMI controllers.
What kind of information can I get for you off of these systems? This bug
sounds like the same issue I'm having.
Sorry I haven't updated this bug. Apparently, all Red Hat kernels will lock if
this device is attached to the USB port:
SanDisk ImageMate USB (SDDR 31)
Anytime this device is plugged in, the kernel will lock, otherwise it boots
fine. All versions of the SMP kernels I've used act the same. I now boot the
UP kernel to use the ImageMate.
Is it possible to connect serial console to the box which breaks?
That EIP value is important (and the rest of the trace).
Serial console? You'll have to explain that to me. A kernel panic does not
always occur, mostly the kernel stops at "UNIX 98 PTYS Configured". The SMP
kernel in Red Hat 8.0 has only done that, actually. I haven't and EIP value to
I don't have anything like that hooked up to mine. All (3) of the computers
are servers off the Internet.
One of the servers that has a problem also stops at the "UNIX 98 PTYS
Configured", I'm not sure on the other two since I had to get them up right
after the boot. I'd need to schedule down time for those.
I don't have USB devices, but there may be a controller that I'm not aware of.
How is 2.4.20-20.7 doing?