|Dan Roberts on Tue, 25 Feb 2003 20:01:08 -0500|
Ok folks, Im going to lay it out for you. My linux box is teetering on the edge of getting thrown out the damn window with this freaking problem. Lately it's been acting really strange. Randomly just not letting me log on (the screen goes black, screen saver like, and then never comes back, nor can i log on remotely through ssh/telnet). Or, it will just crap out in the middle of a session. Or the kicker is this error message, which seems to come at no particular time or for any conceivable reason. Brace yourselves...
unable to handle kernel null pointer dereference at virtual address 000000000
current -> tss.cr3 = 00101000, %cr2 = 00101000
*pde = 00000000
eax: 00000000 ebx: 00000000 ecx: c0234000 edx: 00000000
esi: c0234000 edi: 0000489b ebp: 000058e3 esp: c0235fa4
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 0, process nr: 0, stackpage=c0235000
Stack c0106000 c0108804 00000000 c0109f58 00000000 00000000 00000001 0009b800
c0106000 000058e3 00000070 00000018 00000018 00000070 c010607b 00000010
00000296 c0236d4f 00000000 c0106000 0fae21d8 c0216cc0 c0100175
Call trace: [<c0106000>] [<c01088004>] [<c0109f58>] [<c0106000>] [<c010607h>]
Code: 8b 5e 14 e8 7f 8a 00 00 e8 4a 22 01 00 eb b4 b8 00 e0 ff ff
Kernel panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!
In swapper task - not syncing
I have not a clue as to what the hell any of this means. I am running a stock redhat 7.0 system, same kernel 2.2.16-22 on my Athlon 850, 256MB ram, 2 3c905C 3com ethernet cards... I have reinstalled from discs, completely formatting partitions, and the same result. I have experimented running every service imaginable or barebones, and one of the above still takes place. It even has happened after a very painful upgrade to 8.0. So now I am back to 7.0 again. Prior to this, the machine worked perfectly with the exact same hardware setup, so I am at a loss.
If any of you out there either 1. know what the F this means and would like to tell me, or 2. just like computers so much that seeing mine fly out the second story window would be more painful them comical, your assistance would be much appreciated. My frustration is reaching "Falling Down" level...............
Dan Roberts Villanova School of Law firstname.lastname@example.org
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