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SubjectAW: what causes Machine Check exception?
Hi Albert,

> See the Signal 11 FAQ... you can start with:
> 1. make sure the memory in bank 4 is properly seated
> 2. make sure your case is cool enough inside
> 3. make sure your power supply is good
> 4. try new RAM
> 5. try a new motherboard

Memory: ECC Mem in all banks, status:

[root@delphi1 log]# cat /proc/ram
Chipset ECC capability : ECC detection and correction
Current ECC mode : ECC detection and correction
Bank Size Type ECC SBE MBE
0 128M SDR Y 0 0
1 128M SDR Y 0 0
2 128M SDR Y 0 0
3 128M SDR Y 0 0
Total 512M

So memory problems seem to be out. (kernel did not panic on machine check
exception, so machine is still up after reported exception)

Temperature / power:

[root@delphi1 log]# sensors
Adapter: ISA adapter
Algorithm: ISA algorithm
VCore 1: +1.60 V (min = +1.56 V, max = +1.72 V)
VCore 2: +1.61 V (min = +1.56 V, max = +1.72 V)
+3.3V: +3.44 V (min = +3.13 V, max = +3.45 V)
+5V: +4.99 V (min = +4.72 V, max = +5.24 V)
+12V: +11.86 V (min = +11.36 V, max = +12.58 V)
-12V: -11.51 V (min = -11.13 V, max = -12.55 V)
-5V: -4.88 V (min = -4.74 V, max = -5.24 V)
CPU-Fan: 4623 RPM (min = 3000 RPM, div = 2)
MB temp: +34 C (limit = +60 C, hysteresis = +50 C)

Looks OK as well, no peaks / anomalys reported for the time of the error as
well. System is running with 1 case fan, 1 fan for the hd's and one for the
power supply.

Leaves faulty CPU or motherboard; I've got 4 identical systems, this is the
first strange message reported so far on any of them.

Just finished 30 minutes of compiling the kernel w/o further problems; let's
see what it says tomorrow morning.

> Then, after you find the problem, see if Oracle has a way to
> verify that nothing got corrupted. Something like
> would be useful.

Doesn't look like anything got hurt; restore of last backup + transaction
logs on the backup server gives identical full database export as live

> If you can't find a problem, maybe background radiation flipped
> a few bits.

Guess I'll have to take that as a possible explanation, there sure doesn't
seem to be anything else fishy going on.

Thanks for the info on meaning of the exception.

Bye, Martin

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