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SubjectRe: kernel lockup?
> however, after seeing it still happening, i am led to believe that it may
> be some power management problem or not a kernel problem at all...

It may be several things

> (in which case this mailing list is NOT where i should be posting,
> sorry for the distraction if i am wrong). the lockup only happens after
> extended periods of idle time (specifically in the morning after a night
> of not using the computer). the sysrq works, so i guess it isn't a hard
> lockup? if it is kernel...what then? if not...what could be the problem?

That sounds like the kernel. At 4am lots and lots of I/O intensive things
occur (reindexing the locate cache, removing dead files from /tmp and so on)
If it was a BIOS bug I'd expect it to occur at arbitary times when the box
is idle not the morning after
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