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SubjectRe: Back to the Future ? or some thing sinister ?
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On Sun, 2006-01-08 at 22:03 -0600, Nathan Lynch wrote:
> Chaitanya Hazarey wrote:
> >
> > We have got a machine, lets say X , make is IBM and the CPU is Intel
> > Pentium 4 2.60 GHz. Its running a 2.6.13.1 Kernel and previously,
> > 2.6.27-4 Kernel the distribution is Debian Sagre.
> >
[snip]
> >
> > The problem is that, after a some time ( fuzzy , but I think like 2
> > hours ) of inactivity or because of some esoteric factor which triggers
> > a state in which the time on the machine starts going around in a loop.
> > if I do cat /proc/uptime, it goes 4 ticks ahead and again rewinds back
> > to the starting count ( not zero, but the moment in time when the event
> > was triggred. )
> >
> > The problem seems to be specific to the 2.6 series of kernel, not the
> > 2.4 series.
> >
> > I would like to know how to go about the debugging of the problem, and
> > that which specific part of the kernel will be directly interacting with
> > the rtc / system clock.
>
> Look into upgrading the BIOS on that machine; I've had similar
> problems on a IBM P4 workstation that were fixed in this way.

Yes, there was a problematic BIOS on some IBM P4 systems that after a
few hours messed up the apic's timer interrupt frequency. I believe
booting w/ noapic will work around the issue, but the correct fix is to
update your BIOS.

Please file a bugzilla bug if upgrading your BIOS does resolve the
issue.

thanks
-john

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