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Bug 36679 - Kernel panic on amd64 basic-2003-12-17 and full-2003-11-09
Summary: Kernel panic on amd64 basic-2003-12-17 and full-2003-11-09
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Release Media
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Everything (show other bugs)
Hardware: AMD64 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Brad House
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-12-28 13:04 UTC by Thomas Pasch
Modified: 2004-01-06 03:23 UTC (History)
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Description Thomas Pasch 2003-12-28 13:04:53 UTC
Kernel panic on amd64 basic-2003-12-17 and full-2003-11-09

In basic-2003-12-17 panic often happens after:

serio: i8042 KBD prot at 0x60, 0x64 irq 1
NET: Registered protocol family 2

while booting the gentoo livecd system.

But in full-2003-11-09 the panic is the same but normally
happens a bit later in the installation procedure.

This is the panic's output:

Unable to handle kernel paging request at 000000008010f784 RIP:
[<000000008010f784>]PML4 0

Ooops: 0010 [1]
Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted

[...] <- obmitting some lines here

Call Trace: <ffffffff8010f80a> {cpu_idle+26} <ffffffff804d372a> {start_kernel+378}

Code: Bad RIP value
RIP [<000000008010f784>] RSP <ffffffff804cffd8>
CR2: 000000008010f784
 <0> kernel panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!

In idle task - not syncing

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use one of the iso images for amd64 (date 2003-11-09 or 2003-12-17)
2. Try to install on a machine similar to mine.

Actual Results:  
Kernel panic: HALTing the system

Expected Results:  
No kernel panic at all, please.

sorry can't paste 'emerge info'. Kernel panic normally happend too early.

    Processor:    Athlon64 3200+ (clock: 2GHz)
    Board:        Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP
    Chipset:      nForce3 150
    Ram:          2x512Mb DDR 400 CL 2-2-2
    HD:           Samsung 160Gb UDMA 133 SP1614N
Graphic Card:
    Card:         Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis
    Chip:         ATI Radeon 9600 (VPU)
    Ram:          128Mb
Network Card:
    Type:         10/100Mbit Ethernet
    Chip:         Realtek 8139
Comment 1 Brad House 2004-01-01 06:13:41 UTC
try the 12-21 livecd, odd that you hadn't especially since you
report this on the 28th.

Also, that particular motherboard is _known to work_ with that livecd,
as we have a few people using it, as well as it's close cousin the 
K8NPro.  If you can't get it to work, you've got bad hardware. 
Most probable is your CL memory timings are set too agressively, yes
you may have purchased ram that's guaranteed to run at those speeds,
but don't bet on it actually working at those speeds.  I've never seen
an Opteron/Athlon64 motherboard that could run at  CL2, period! 

Closing this bug.

Comment 2 Thomas Pasch 2004-01-05 05:49:33 UTC
Dear Brad,

I checked my memory modules and indeed found that one was buggy.
With only the one in the machine, I did not encounter the

Sorry for any inconveniance

Comment 3 Thomas Pasch 2004-01-06 03:23:41 UTC

rechecked all, build new (full) iso image from 2003-12-22, checked md5, etc.
STILL got the kernel panic. So I've got 3 working system on my machine (W2K, FreeBSD 5.2-RC1 amd64, and Mandrake-9.2RC2 amd64), but still can't get Gentoo running. 

BUT I found the following interessing remark at :

- MSI K8T Neo boards

     At this time of writing, there is no BIOS update available
     yet. However, if you get kernel oopses in the idle task, please
     boot with "idle=poll" as an interim solution.

Maybe this is the same problem the BIOS of the Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP board?

Made this remark to the closed bug in case someone has the same trouble...