One thing I noticed was to using a usb mouse was to click both mouse buttons and move the scroll wheel around just the kernel boot sequence started. Result was the kernel did not crash -system was useable.
If I did NOT click both buttons and move the scroll wheel around the kernel would stack dump and crash.
Just my 2 cents worth. --Glenn
# uname -a Linux test.site 3.10.1-3.g0cd5432-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Jul 19 14:39:31 UTC 2013 (0cd5432) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux