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SubjectRe: Deadlock on kernels > 2.4.13-pre6
| I've recently compiled and tested each kernel since 2.4.13-pre6[0],
| and I've noticed a recurrent (and reproducible[1]) deadlock on my
| system when I try to play an mp3[2].

I have now seen two lockups under 2.4.16 that may be the same problem.
Points of similarity:
- playing mp3s (both times have been streaming mp3 audio over my PPP link)
- Creative Soundblaster AWE (AWE32 for me, though); mine is configured
entirely through the kernel's PnP mechanisms.

I believe my lockups are irregular and infrequent, but it may just feel
that way to me because I haven't listened to mp3's on this machine very

When the hang happens, the first symptom is that my mouse cursor in
X locks and stops tracking; music continues playing for a bit longer
before stopping. As far as I can tell nothing really happens after that
point; if I forcefully disconnect the PPP link it does not redial, for
example. SysRq-B will reboot the machine but SysRq-S to sync it will
produce no audible results, and SysRq-U doesn't seem to have any effect.
(This is an isolated home machine, which makes more precise diagnostics
hard to get when it hangs in X.)

2.4.13-ac5 is, as far as I can tell, completely stable. I don't have
experience with intermediate kernel versions; I jumped straight from
2.4.13-ac5 to 2.4.16.

My environment is UP Pentium II, ext2, aic7880 SCSI with a single disk,
Matrox G400 AGP graphics, XFree86 4.1.0 (using the fully free drivers).
Both lockups have happened while X was running.

I will see if I can reproduce a lockup in the console and capture
SysRq output that's got some useful information.

- cks
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