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SubjectRe: timer interrupts on HP machines
Hi Nohez:

That's interesting. We've traced almost all of the times when this happens
back to an incorrect MP spec. I know it sounds goofy, but have you tried
unplugging AC power from the machine for ~5 minutes or so? We've seen that
make a difference in the Netservers. Also make sure you're up-to-date with
the firmware (latest is 4.06.43 or so?). Outside of that, I don't have any
other suggestions besides calling HP and having them replace the system
board.

-Matt

On Mon, 3 Feb 2003, Nohez wrote:

>
> We have a similar problem with our HP servers. We are facing this problem
> for more than a year. We have reported this problem to HP support.
>
> We have five HP Netserver LH6000 running k_smp-2.4.18-47 (SuSE7.1).
> We are sure that MP spec is v1.4 in the BIOS. But we have not
> checked /proc/interrupts. Will check the next time this problem occurs.
>
> Problem:
> --------
>
> System Time behaved erratically but servers do not hang. We noticed that
> all time related apps (sendmail, ping, top, cron etc) stopped. We
> noticed that time goes forward & backward in seconds only.
>
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:26 IST 2003
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:30 IST 2003
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:20 IST 2003
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:25 IST 2003
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:28 IST 2003
> server: # date
> Mon Feb 3 17:38:21 IST 2003
>
> The above is just an example. We could not find any pattern.
>
> We could not access the server remotely. But we could login from console.
> All programs using system time failed - like sendmail, top, cron etc.
>
> We could umount filesystems. But the server had to be forcibly shut (power
> reset). After system reboot everything was ok.
>
> We have xntpd daemon running on all our servers.
>
> Four servers are file/print servers (samba/nfs/cups) and one is database
> server. The above problem has NEVER occured on the database server.
> The only difference between the file-server and database server is:
> 1. DB server has a external HP Ultrium & HP DDS4 tape drive
> connected to Adaptec 29160N Ultra160 SCSI adapter.
> 2. DB server has a Intel PRO/1000 Network (gigabit ethernet card)
>
> Hardware details :
> ----------------
> HP Netserver LH6000
> 6 * 550Mhz Xeon CPUs
> 1GB RAM
> Integrated Megaraid Ultra-2 SCSI Raid Controller
> BIOS MP spec is v1.4
>
> Software:
> ---------
> SuSE Linux 7.1
> kernel 2.4.18 (k_smp-2.4.18-47)
> glibc-2.2-7
> samba-2.0.10-0
> xntp-4.0.99f-6
> "Unsynced TSC support" is enabled in default SuSE kernel k_smp-2.4.18-47
> Kernel debugging is set
>
>
> Nohez.
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> List: linux-kernel
> Subject: Re: timer interrupts on HP machines
> From: Matt C <wago () phlinux ! com>
> Date: 2003-01-30 17:01:50
> [Download message RAW]
>
> Hi Praveen-
>
> We have a few LT6000r servers as well, and have the same problem on all
> 2.4 kernels -- this happens when your MP spec is set to 1.1 in the BIOS.
> Change it to 1.4 and you should be okay.
>
> The other common problem on these guys is the CPU speed misdetect, which
> causes the kernel to think your CPU is roughly 2x as fast as it really is.
> The solution to that one is to unplug and replug the power cords (even a
> power-off doesn't fix it, go figure).
>
> Hope that helps.
>
> -Matt
>
> On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, Praveen Ray wrote:
>
> > We have few HP (LPR NetServers and LT6000) which run 2.4.18 (from RedHat 8.0)
> > . The problem is that sometimes the time interrupts stop coming - i.e. the
> > (time) counts in /proc/interrupts stop getting incremented! When this
> > happens, the date on the system falls behind, 'sleep' calls stop working and
> > basically machine becomes unusable.Has anyone else encountered this problem?
>
> > Is it an HP issue?
>
> > Thanks.
>
>
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