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Old 12-22-2004, 11:14 AM   #1
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Laptop randomly shuts down w/Debian?

I have an HP ze4560us that was running Gentoo since last year, but I decided to put Debian Sarge on it yesterday. I did a net install, and things went well except that the machine just sort of randomly halts, using a 2.4 kernel. I tried using the 2.6 kernel that came w/the installation, as well as using a Debian package for 2.6.8 and the same thing happens: I get an error about ACPI ("ACPI Interrupt on IRQ9" or some such) and the machine stops booting. Any ideas? Let me know if you need more information. Thanks for any help.
Old 12-22-2004, 12:09 PM   #2
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Whenever your machine has problem booting, it's very useful for the people on these forums to see what error messages you get, as well as messages in the bootprocess preceeding the error. In other words, the output of /var/log/dmesg is useful.

Since apparently you have problem with ACPI, try to pass the parameter "acpi=off" to you kernel when booting (this is done in the config of either Grub or Lilo). If you can boot, then you have some ACPI problem.

IIRC, ACPI vs booting was discussed in the Debian forum a couple of months ago...

Old 12-25-2004, 08:37 PM   #3
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Alright, I can boot a 2.6 series kernel w/acpi=off, but the machine still crashes after a few minutes. Here's the contents of /var/log/dmesg after booting 2.6.8:

Linux version 2.6.8-1-k7 (joshk@trollwife) (gcc version 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-2)) #1 Thu Nov 25 04:13:37 UTC 2004
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009f800 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009f800 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000d0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000001bef0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000001bef0000 - 000000001beff000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000001beff000 - 000000001bf00000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 000000001bf00000 - 000000001c000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fffc0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
0MB HIGHMEM available.
446MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 114416
DMA zone: 4096 pages, LIFO batch:1
Normal zone: 110320 pages, LIFO batch:16
HighMem zone: 0 pages, LIFO batch:1
DMI 2.3 present.
Built 1 zonelists
Kernel command line: root=/dev/hda2 ro acpi=off
Local APIC disabled by BIOS -- reenabling.
Found and enabled local APIC!
Initializing CPU#0
PID hash table entries: 2048 (order 11: 16384 bytes)
Detected 1854.991 MHz processor.
Using tsc for high-res timesource
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Memory: 445692k/457664k available (1530k kernel code, 11196k reserved, 695k data, 148k init, 0k highmem)
Checking if this processor honours the WP bit even in supervisor mode... Ok.
Calibrating delay loop... 3670.01 BogoMIPS
Security Scaffold v1.0.0 initialized
Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
CPU: After generic identify, caps: 0383fbff c1cbfbff 00000000 00000000
CPU: After vendor identify, caps: 0383fbff c1cbfbff 00000000 00000000
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: After all inits, caps: 0383fbff c1cbfbff 00000000 00000020
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU: AMD mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP2500+ stepping 00
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
enabled ExtINT on CPU#0
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000
ESR value after enabling vector: 00000000
Using local APIC timer interrupts.
calibrating APIC timer ...
..... CPU clock speed is 1854.0903 MHz.
..... host bus clock speed is 264.0986 MHz.
checking if image is isn't (ungzip failed); looks like an initrd
Freeing initrd memory: 4544k freed
NET: Registered protocol family 16
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd87b, last bus=2
PCI: Using configuration type 1
mtrr: v2.0 (20020519)
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20040326
ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 (c) Adam Belay
PnPBIOS: Scanning system for PnP BIOS support...
PnPBIOS: Found PnP BIOS installation structure at 0xc00f7480
PnPBIOS: PnP BIOS version 1.0, entry 0xf0000:0xa098, dseg 0x400
pnp: 00:00: ioport range 0x370-0x371 has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x4d0-0x4d1 has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x40b-0x40b has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x480-0x48f has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x4d6-0x4d6 has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x8000-0x803f has been reserved
pnp: 00:0b: ioport range 0x8040-0x807f has been reserved
spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7.
PnPBIOS: 18 nodes reported by PnP BIOS; 18 recorded by driver
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using ALI IRQ Router
PCI: Using IRQ router ALI [10b9/1533] at 0000:00:07.0
VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.1
Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
devfs: 2004-01-31 Richard Gooch (
devfs: boot_options: 0x0
Initializing Cryptographic API
ATI Northbridge, reserving I/O ports 0x3b0 to 0x3bb.
Activating ISA DMA hang workarounds.
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 48 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
PCI: Found IRQ 3 for device 0000:00:08.0
ttyS47 at I/O 0x8828 (irq = 3) is a 8250
ttyS1 at I/O 0x8840 (irq = 3) is a 8250
ttyS2 at I/O 0x8850 (irq = 3) is a 8250
ttyS3 at I/O 0x8860 (irq = 3) is a 8250
ttyS4 at I/O 0x8870 (irq = 3) is a 8250
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 8192K size 1024 blocksize
serio: i8042 AUX port at 0x60,0x64 irq 12
serio: i8042 KBD port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard on isa0060/serio0
NET: Registered protocol family 2
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
NET: Registered protocol family 8
NET: Registered protocol family 20
RAMDISK: cramfs filesystem found at block 0
RAMDISK: Loading 4544 blocks [1 disk] into ram disk... |/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\|/-\done.
VFS: Mounted root (cramfs filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 148k freed
vesafb: probe of vesafb0 failed with error -6
NET: Registered protocol family 1
SCSI subsystem initialized
libata version 1.02 loaded.
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
Warning: ATI Radeon IGP Northbridge is not yet fully tested.
ALI15X3: IDE controller at PCI slot 0000:00:10.0
ALI15X3: chipset revision 196
ALI15X3: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0x8080-0x8087, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0x8088-0x808f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
hda: FUJITSU MHT2040AT, ATA DISK drive
Using anticipatory io scheduler
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: max request size: 128KiB
hda: 78140160 sectors (40007 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=65535/16/63, UDMA(100)
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 p3 < p5 >
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
EXT3-fs: INFO: recovery required on readonly filesystem.
EXT3-fs: write access will be enabled during recovery.
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: hda2: orphan cleanup on readonly fs
ext3_orphan_cleanup: deleting unreferenced inode 917557
EXT3-fs: hda2: 1 orphan inode deleted
EXT3-fs: recovery complete.
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Adding 984272k swap on /dev/hda5. Priority:-1 extents:1
EXT3 FS on hda2, internal journal
Real Time Clock Driver v1.12
hdc: ATAPI 24X DVD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
ieee1394: Initialized config rom entry `ip1394'
sbp2: $Rev: 1219 $ Ben Collins <>
usbcore: registered new driver usbfs
usbcore: registered new driver hub
ndiswrapper version 0.13pre1@041221 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=no)
PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 0000:00:09.0
ndiswrapper: using irq 9
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:90:4b:43:c6:d4 using driver bcmwl5
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP, WPA with TKIP, WPA with AES/CCMP
Capability LSM initialized
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS on hda1, internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Linux Kernel Card Services
options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
PCI: IRQ 5 for device 0000:00:0a.0 doesn't match PIRQ mask - try pci=usepirqmask
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 0000:00:0a.0
Yenta: CardBus bridge found at 0000:00:0a.0 [103c:0024]
Yenta: ISA IRQ mask 0x0c98, PCI irq 5
Socket status: 30000007
ohci1394: $Rev: 1223 $ Ben Collins <>
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 0000:00:0c.0
ohci1394: fw-host0: OHCI-1394 1.1 (PCI): IRQ=[10] MMIO=[d0009000-d00097ff] Max Packet=[2048]
natsemi dp8381x driver, version 1.07+LK1.0.17, Sep 27, 2002
originally by Donald Becker <>
2.4.x kernel port by Jeff Garzik, Tjeerd Mulder
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 0000:00:12.0
natsemi eth0: NatSemi DP8381[56] at 0xdc9ff000 (0000:00:12.0), 00:0d:9d:5a:41:4d, IRQ 11, port TP.
PCI: Found IRQ 5 for device 0000:00:06.0
ohci_hcd: 2004 Feb 02 USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver (PCI)
ohci_hcd: block sizes: ed 64 td 64
PCI: Assigned IRQ 9 for device 0000:00:02.0
ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller
ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: irq 9, pci mem dca05000
ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
hub 1-0:1.0: 4 ports detected
ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[0-00:1023] GUID[000d9d719e592725]
ip1394: $Rev: 1224 $ Ben Collins <>
ip1394: eth1: IEEE-1394 IPv4 over 1394 Ethernet (fw-host0)
input: PC Speaker
Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1
Firmware: 5.9
Sensor: 35
new absolute packet format
Touchpad has extended capability bits
-> multifinger detection
-> palm detection
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad on isa0060/serio1
ts: Compaq touchscreen protocol output
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
inserting floppy driver for 2.6.8-1-k7
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
parport: PnPBIOS parport detected.
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778), irq 7, dma 0 [PCSPP,TRISTATE,COMPAT,ECP,DMA]
Linux agpgart interface v0.100 (c) Dave Jones
agpgart: Detected Ati IGP320/M chipset
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 379M
agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xd4000000
cpci_hotplug: CompactPCI Hot Plug Core version: 0.2
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: acpi_shpchprm:get_device PCI ROOT HID fail=0x1001
pciehp: acpi_pciehprm:get_device PCI ROOT HID fail=0x1001
Trident 4DWave/SiS 7018/ALi 5451,Tvia CyberPro 5050 PCI Audio, version 0.14.10j-2.6, 04:18:50 Nov 25 2004
Old 12-26-2004, 04:48 PM   #4
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Originally posted by ccjohnson
Alright, I can boot a 2.6 series kernel w/acpi=off, but the machine still crashes after a few minutes. Here's the contents of /var/log/dmesg after booting 2.6.8:
A quick scan of the messages and it seems as if most if going fine when you boot.

What are the symptoms of the crash? After a crash, check /var/log/syslog and check the messages appearing at the time of the crash - it may very well give you a clue.

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I tried that, but there's nothing useful in there. I see a crontab line for "Running @reboot services" then things go fine for five or six minutes, then the next line is "System going down for reboot" (or something similar).
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are u sure the cron job you see is expected to be there ? did you check your logs /var/log
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Originally posted by ccjohnson
I tried that, but there's nothing useful in there. I see a crontab line for "Running @reboot services" then things go fine for five or six minutes, then the next line is "System going down for reboot" (or something similar).
That's... weird. It almost sounds as if you are running a cron-job that is rebooting your system. Check your crontab (or wherever you specify the jobs in your system) and (temporarily) disable that job.

On my Debian system, /etc/crontab runs anacron, which in turn is running scripts located in /etc/cron.[hourly,daily,weekly,monthly]. I would try to locate your "reboot"-script and remove it (move it somewhere else) and see what happens...



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