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    SubjectRe: Athlon Thunderbird, Abit KT7 Raid, Kernel 2.4: DESKTOP FROZEN!
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    I've had almost identical problems using Redhat 7.1 (2.4.2-2 kernel) on
    Athlon 1.2 GHz Asus A7V133 with the VIA on-board IDE (686b).

    Try switching to the other on-board IDE controller, should be HTP370 IDE.
    It's probably the VIA southbridge that's causing you these troubles. I
    upgraded my kernel to 2.4.5 and 2.4.6 and nothing helped for me (I have a
    686b, you have a 686a). The only thing I could do was switch to my on-board
    Promise IDE controller. I have no idea what the HTP370 is, but I'm guessing
    it won't cause you problems like the VIA will.

    You could try compiling a new kernel 2.4.5 or 2.4.6. There were many IDE
    fixes between 2.4.2 and 2.4.6. Especially with the VIA stuff I think,
    thanks to Vojtech Pavlick. However, I never got my VIA controller to work.
    Even if I disabled all DMA it still crashed the kernel every time.

    David Grant

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Antonio Pagliaro" <antoniopagliaro@tin.it>
    To: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 2:39 PM
    Subject: Athlon Thunderbird, Abit KT7 Raid, Kernel 2.4: DESKTOP FROZEN!


    >
    > My box: Athlon Thunderbird 900 MHz, MotherboardAbit KT7 Raid,
    > Kernel 2.4 (the one that comes with Red Hat 7.1 no updates)
    >
    > I get apparently random desktop freezing.
    >
    > Last time:
    >
    > I was just doing nothing so the screensaver
    > was on when I noticed the screen was frozen. Nor the keyboard
    > neither the mouse worked. No combination of CTRL-ALT keys.
    > Only choice left: reset. I did it. When it booted again I got a
    >
    > Kernel Panic: Attempted to kill the idle task
    > In idle: not syncing.
    >
    > (by the way: what is the SysRq magic or something similar?
    > Does it help? Which keys??)
    >
    > This time I had to unplug the computer. After 5 minutes I tried again.
    > In many trials I got hundreds of errors. These:
    >
    > -After checking /root (passed), it stopped checking /home (failed)
    > and trying to repair it with fsck gave no result (when the computer
    > tried to reboot, it freezes again)
    >
    > -After checking both /root and /home (passed), it stopped at sshd
    > saying: /etc/rc.d/rc line 117 951 segmentation fault $i start
    >
    > -At the end of the startup, black screen and message:
    > Id "x" respawning too fast disabled for 5 minutes (and waiting
    > produces the same message again: I had to unplug)
    >
    > -Inside KDE, trying to open anything gave an error related to
    > inode and in a few seconds X was disabled again for 5 minutes.
    >
    > Since somebody tells me the Oops is important, I noticed that
    > when this appeared it was 0002. If this helps..
    >
    > After a couple of hours I tried and I was succesfull. Now it seems
    > to be everything ok.
    >
    > Anyway, a desktop freezing happens every now and again and
    > no ctrl-alt-anything combination works. Just reset.
    > This is very dangerous, and even if so far the fsck was always ok,
    > I feel my data are at high risk this way.
    >
    > At Red Hat support I got this suggestion:
    > >Since you are using KDE, there has been a few bugs in terms of memory
    hole
    > >that
    > >have been fixed. You can check them out and apply the updtes to your
    > >machine
    > >and we'll see if that could the problem.
    > >
    > >http://www.redhat.com/support/errata/RHSA-2001-059.html
    >
    > Is this really a KDE problem? I myself doubt...
    > It could be a kernel problem or maybe hardware (I checked
    > all the ram and removed one, but freezing is still there)
    >
    > Thanks for any help, I am in trouble!!
    >
    > Antonio
    >
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