System "freeze" / IBM x3650 kernel options
well..my issue with the kernel is gone - do not know why.
But now having issue with the video driver.
I have stopped gd3 from loading on start, and now can not get the
server console to show on my monitor.
Did you see this ?
On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:20 AM, Jonas Mixter <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi Joey,
> Sorry for the late answer. I've been on parental leave for a week and is
> back at the office today.
> We've never gotten any kernel panic errors, if I recall correctly. We only
> had the strange "pause"-error where the entire machine stopped for a few
> seconds and then continued as if nothing had happened.
> The x3650's (both M1 and M3) that we have are used with Debian etch,
> etch-n-half, lenny and squeeze without any special drivers or kernels. Apart
> from the clock sync issue (which we had on almost all machines for a while)
> and the "pause"-error (which we only had on one machine, luckily) we've
> never had any problems with the servers.
> Could it be a hardware error on your machine? I don't know if the server is
> in production, but if not, does the same problems show up after a reinstall
> or if you install another OS (Windows, FreeBSD?).
> I hope that you find the cause of the problem!
> Best regards, Jonas Mixter
> Joey L skrev följande 2012-03-13 23.15:
>> Hi Jonas -
>> I am using the x3650 with the ServRaid 8k card.
>> I am getting kernel panic errors - have you seen these type of messeges?
>> I have downloaded the lasted firmware for the controller, bios, and
>> drives - but I am still getting weird system issues.
>> I sometimes have the system very unresponsive to me - or when the
>> server screen goes to sleep - it never comes back.
>> I had a couple of kernel errors show up on the screen - but do not
>> know what they mean or how to fix them - i have googled.
>> Where does debian store hardware issues or messeges ?
>> Have you installed a special driver or kernel on your system for it to
>> be stable ?
>> The last thing I did in the IBM bios is turn off virtualization - that
>> makes the system a little more responsive but still have wierd kernel
>> On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 7:27 PM, Jonas Mixter<firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> I have an IBM x3650 server with a single quad-core 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon
>>> (and one empty CPU-slot) and 4 GB RAM. The system is running an ordinary
>>> installation of etch.
>>> I used the linux-image-2.6.18-6-686-bigmem kernel but had some strange
>>> problems with the server. It all booted fine but occasionally the entire
>>> system freezed for a few seconds. Both running services (smtp, pop,
>>> imap-daemons, ongoing ssh-sessions) and the local console is "dead".
>>> After a little while (about 10-20 seconds typically) all the services
>>> became avaliable again. This has happened at least 5-6 times during last
>>> afternoon and evening.
>>> I booted the server with noapic, nolapic and clock=pit as kernel options
>>> (I later saw that clock was replaced with clocksource, so I don't know
>>> if that option changes anything) during the problems. The kernel hangs
>>> from time to time at boot without the noapic and nolapic options, and
>>> there also seems to be problem with clock skew on the machine.
>>> Now I've upgraded the kernel to etchnhalf
>>> (linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686-bigmem) and I hope that this will
>>> solve the problem. I have seen a few signs of the freeze after the
>>> upgrade, but I cannot verify it yet.
>>> The previous booting problems without noapic and nolapic seems to be
>>> gone with this kernel version, so the kernel now boots without any
>>> special options. I have had a few problems with the clock too after the
>>> upgrade... The kernel prints this at boot time:
>>> kernel: Time: tsc clocksource has been installed.
>>> So, finally, my question... :-)
>>> Is there anyone else running etch on a IBM x3650 (dual or quad core, I
>>> have clock skew-problems with another server too that has a dual core
>>> Xeon)? Is there any kernel parameters needed? Which kernel version is
>>> recommended? 2.6.18, 2.6.24 or a custom kernel?
>>> Does anyone else (with a x3650 or not) have similar problems with etch
>>> and x3650? I get no errors in dmesg or syslog about the freeze and the
>>> system just run on as nothing has happened afterwards.
>>> Best regards, Jonas Mixter
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