NMI errors in 2.0.30??

Jon Lewis (jlewis@inorganic5.fdt.net)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 17:51:32 -0400 (EDT)

I got this today on a relatively new system running 2.0.30.

Uhhuh. NMI received. Dazed and confused, but trying to continue
You probably have a hardware problem with your RAM chips or a
power saving mode enabled.

I really don't believe the message, as this is a Tomcat IIID (running with
2 CPU's but not an SMP kernel), 4 8x36-60 simms, and the setup passed
several hours of memtest86 before going online. The CMOS setup is
configured to do ECC and report single bit errors...could this cause
problems for linux? I always disable all the power saving stuff...so I'd
say there's at least a 99% chance it's turned off. Is it possible some
other random kernel bug is at fault?

The system this one replaced used to get occasional page table or swap
corruption, and people suggested it could be bad RAM. It's been running
memtest86 for over a week and done 143 passes with 0 errors.

Other hardware in the new box is BT-948, SMC Ultra 8216, Trident 8900 VGA,
3 SCSI disks, 0 IDE.

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