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    Alan Cox (alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk) wrote on 31 January 2001 15:23:
    >> > In the intel databook. Generally an MCE indicates hardware/power/cooling
    >> > issues
    >>
    >> Doesn't an MCE also cover some hardware memory problems - parity/ECC
    >> issues etc?
    >
    >Parity/ECC on main memory is reported by the chipset and needs seperate
    >drivers or apps to handle this

    Really? I thought it could be because of RAM. Here's the story:

    The kernel is 2.2.18pre24.

    I'm having VERY frequent of this (sometimes once a day, sometimes once
    a week, sometimes twice a day, on a much used machine)

    CPU 1: Machine Check Exception: 0000000000000004
    Bank 4: b200000000040151<0>Kernel panic: CPU context corrupt

    CPU 0: Machine Check Exception: 0000000000000004
    Bank 4: b200000000040151<0>Kernel panic: CPU context corrupt

    CPU 0: Machine Check Exception: 0000000000000004
    Bank 4: b200000000040151<0>Kernel panic: CPU context corrupt

    This is on an ASUS P2B-DS with two PIII 700MHz and 100MHz FSB, 1GB of
    RAM. The mce happens with both processors (the above is just part of
    it).

    I've already changed the motherboard and processors, and it continued.
    Then I changed the memory, and it continues. I also changed the
    power supply just in case, to no avail...

    It happens with PC100 and PC133 memory. I increased the memory latency
    (the SPD says it's cl2, I put it 3T and 10T DRAM) but the problem
    persists.

    Since I changed the main board and processor, I think the most likely
    cause is ram. It seems the x86 can access ram directly, so if there's
    a NMI there what will happen?

    This is happening on a CRITICAL machine, so any help will be much
    appreciated.
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