Re: Dazed and Confused

From: Gregory Boyce (
Date: Sun Dec 08 2002 - 10:22:38 EST

On Sun, 2002-12-08 at 06:59, Gilad Ben-Yossef wrote:
> On Fri, 2002-12-06 at 16:55, Greg Boyce wrote:
> > I have an issue that I've been trying to track down for some time, and I
> > was hoping that someone might be able to provide me with a definitive
> > awnser.
> >
> > I work in a company with a large number of Linux machine deployed all
> > around the country, and in some of the machines we've been seeing the
> > following error:
> >
> > Uhhuh. NMI received. Dazed and confused, but trying to continue
> > You probably have a hardware problem with your RAM chips
> I have had the exact same error happen a while back on a 2.2.x kernel.
> It did not seem to hurt anything but it made the QA dept. go bonkers so
> I've spent some time chasing it down and found out what caused it back
> then - perhaps the same, or similar, applies to your setup as well:
> The machines in question were Intel ISP1100 1U servers and for various
> non important reasons I have built the kernel which they were running
> without APM support. Now these machines have 3 small non marked buttons
> on their front - one is the power button, one is the reset button and
> one was a suspend button.
> What I found out was that whenever anyone pressed the "suspend" button
> (usually because they meant to press the power or reset buttons and
> missed) the error in questions was logged. It seems that APM suspend is
> implemented (at least on those machines) as an NMI, and if you compiled
> the kernel sans APM support the NMI handling code simply did not grok
> that specific NMI and thus reported said error, which was otherwise
> harmless.

Most of these machines do have Intel motherboards. I don't recall
seeing suspend buttons, but I'll take a look. Thanks!


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