Bug at page_alloc.c:183

From: Victor Bogado da Silva Lins (victor@bogado.net)
Date: Sun Aug 04 2002 - 11:40:42 EST

        I get this error (maybe the source line changes a little). Every time I
try to compile garnome, I do get similar messages when I allow my system
to run for a long time. I was using the last updated kernel from RedHat
(2.4.18-5). I did installed the 2.4.19, witch I have compiled from the

The kernel BUG message that is in my log is the following:

Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: kernel BUG at page_alloc.c:183!
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: invalid operand: 0000
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: CPU: 0
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: EIP: 0010:[<c0130031>] Tainted: P
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: EFLAGS: 00010086
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: eax: 0000007e ebx: c10005f0 ecx: 00000000 edx: 0000001f
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: esi: c0283f00 edi: 00000001 ebp: 00000000 esp: c2a03ee0
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: Process tar (pid: 13453, stackpage=c2a03000)
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: Stack: 00000000 0000001f 00000282 00000000 c0283f00 c0284144 0000023f 00000000
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: 00000000 c01302ff c0283fb4 c028413c 000001d2 00000005 00000000 c1375588
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: 00000005 00000000 c012bbb5 c2a03f54 00001000 00000000 00001000 fffffff4
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: Call Trace: [<c01302ff>] [<c012bbb5>] [<c013e28b>] [<c01364d5>] [<c0135f03>]
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: [<c01088bb>]
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel:
Aug 4 12:44:59 victor kernel: Code: 0f 0b b7 00 4f fd 24 c0 ff 74 24 08 9d c7 43 14 01 00 00 00

        The point that this happen during the compilation is somewhat random.
At least I never found out where does it happen. I have an athlon 950mhz
in a Abit KR7A-RAID (KT266A and VIA VT8233 chipset) motherborad, 256 Mb
of DDR ram, GeForce 2 MMX 200 Video (*), soudblaster live, a 40Gb
Seagate IDE harddisk (model ST340823A) and a HP CD R/RW 9340i.

        My harddisk has the following partiotion table :

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 7 56196 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 * 8 964 7687102+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda3 965 1027 506047+ 6 FAT16
/dev/hda4 1028 4865 30828735 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 2099 4865 22225896 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 1028 1078 409626 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 1079 2098 8193118+ 83 Linux

        witch is mounted into the system as following :
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdd4 /mnt/zip100.0 auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/hda5 /opt/ reiserfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/c vfat noauto 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0

        You mey notice that I am using both ext3 and reiserfs, I used to have
only reiserfs disks, but since I noticed this problem I had a number of
tests including reinstalling everything into ext3, the opt partition is
a last reminisent from the time where all I had was reiserfs.

        The garnome test is located in the /opt and is installing to the same
partition. I can't think of anything else I can mention to help in this
(bug?) report. I do know that this can be hardware related, but when I
bougth the athlon machine I had the same problem with a Asus KT133 based
motherboard, i managed to exchange it for this ABIT KT266A that is
showing the same problem.

        I am willing to make tests, and I do have some knowledge (not kernel
related) so if you need info, please ask me that I'll do my best. I am
not subscribed to the list, so if you could forward the replies to my

        Thanks in advance...

(*) I am using the NVidia non-gpl driver, but this test was done in
run-level 3, without any X running (also with the NVdriver module

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