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SubjectRe: Scheduler starvation (2.5.x, 2.6.0-test1)
* Mike Fedyk <mfedyk@matchmail.com> [2003-07-23 22:41]:
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 01:48:11PM +0530, Apurva Mehta wrote:
> > The problems do not end there. Once I start X, I experience
> > random freezes of the system. In one session I could play some music
> > and write some email. It froze just after dialing into the
> > internet. In another session it froze while trying to start xmms.
>
> please post the output of lspci here. Also, what version of Xfree86 are you
> running, and read the documentation for the nmi oopser in the kernel
> documentation tree, and turn it on for your system.
>
> Then we might be able to get a useful message out of your system.

Here is the output of lspci:

------
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C693A/694x [Apollo PRO133x] (rev c4)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C598/694x [Apollo MVP3/Pro133x AGP]
00:04.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C596 ISA [Mobile South] (rev 23)
00:04.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/686A/B PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 10)
00:04.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 11)
00:04.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C596 Power Management (rev 30)
00:0b.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV5 [RIVA TNT2/TNT2 Pro] (rev 15)

------
I enabled the nmi watchdog by appending nmi_watchdog=1 to my kernel
boot parameters. I verified that it was enabled by doing a `cat
/proc/interrupts`. The NMI value was 30.

Still, there are no special messages in /var/log/messages or in any
XFree86 log nor in any boot log..

May be the nmi watchdog is not working because it is not a normal
'freeze' per se. What happens is that my mouse still moves around the
screen, I can also type (*only* type) commands into an xterm. But
those commands cannot be executed. When I try to execute a command,
nothing happens, I do not even get the prompt back. If I try to login
to a virtual console, I can type my login name, but then the password
prompt does not come up. When I try to switch back to X, I cannot do
so and I get stuck at that blank screen. Then I am force to do a cold
reboot.

Sometime during the subsequent boot process, I get that error
message while trying to load a random startup program. Last time, it
was while trying to load xfs.

Also, I have found that there is no pattern to the sequence of
operations that lead up to these freezes. I mentioned that if I
executed some programs on a virtual console before starting X, then X
would load fine, otherwise it would not. This is not true all the
time.

- Apurva
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