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I have been experiencing over the last three weeks several machine
crashes, more or less since I installed the last YOU update,
kernel-default-126.96.36.199-21.9.i586.rpm (SuSE 9.3).
Yesterday evening I had three crashes. Around 10-20 minutes after actively
using the computer, it suddenly became very sluggish, the mouse jumped,
and finally froze completely, within 15" of the first symptoms: not even
num-lock key/led worked. After rebooting, nothing showed in any log.
The last time I was fast enough to jump to console-10, and I saw this line
appearing (hand copied):
kernel: hdb dma_timer_expiry: dma status= 0x64
I could still switch consoles, but that was all I could do, it did not
respond to commands.
Memtest ran fine; so did "smart" long test. No apparent hardware error.
Thinking that it could be the last kernel upgrade, I have reverted to
188.8.131.52-21.8, and so far, it is working... "unfortunately" at the same
time I have reseated the drive connector, so I'm not absolutely sure which
maneuver did the trick - if it did, as it is still to early to know.
But knowing that some of the SuSE kernel developers read this list,
perhaps they know if there was some thing modified in the kernel that
could have affected, seeing the error message above.
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