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Old 04-13-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
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Kernel Panic

Im not sure whether this is a hardware issue or not. I recently purcahsed and AMD64 3200+ and K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard and a Geforce NX6600 /w pci-express. Ive installed two distrobutions today, ArchLinux and Gentoo, and in each distrobution, when all the services are being initialized, I recieve this:

CPU 0: Machine Check Exception: 4 Bank 4: b20000000000070F0F
TSC 1945bcca3c
Kernel panic - not syncing: CPU context corrupt

Or something to that extent (on both distros).

To temporarily fix this I applied ide=nodma to the kernel in grub. In my bios it says IDE DMA Access [ENABLED] so it is turned on.

My fear is that ive installed the processor incorrectly or something (it works fine on windows xp pro though with no issues).

The kernel used on Arch was and on gentoo was which ever the latest is (2.6.11-r6?). None the less, it kernel panics everytime and im worried.

Does anyone know of any fixes?
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think that means you have a parity error in your memory. Since it's persistent and repeatable, it's probably a hard error in a chip. Do you have 4 banks of memory installed (4 single-side DIMM, or 2 double side)? If so, remove the 4th (single-side) or 2nd (double-side) DIMM and see if the problem clears.


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