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SubjectRe: Machine check expection panic
Out of curiosity I decided to try this on some other Athlon
systems I have. I tried it on a dual Athlon MP 2400(2GHz)
system with a Tyan 2462 motherboard. Also I tried it on a
single Athlon XP 1800 with a Asus A7V motherboard. They
both booted fine with the 2.6.0-test2 kernel and the machine
exception code in it. So I am thinking either it is something
with the older CPU's or the CPU is actually borked. Like I said
though I have been using those 1.2GHz processors for a long time
with no problems.


Andi Kleen wrote:

>>The CPU's aren't overclocked and have worked fine for
>>me under much heavier loads than booting a kernel for
>It could be corrected ECC errors in the cache. If that
>happens I would consider it a hardware problem
>(now hidden with the disabled bank).
>>at least a year. Using the 2.4 kernel that is. Once
>>I remove the exception code from the kernel it boots
>>fine and runs fine under any load I put it under.
>I maintain that such a magic hack needs at least a big fat comment.
>I still find the change very suspicious, there isn't any errata that
>says that bank 0 is bad on Athlon.
>Also disabling a whole bank just for some buggy CPUs is quite a sledgehammer,
>it would be probably better to identify the bank 0 sub unit that causes it
>and only turn that off.

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