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Old 05-14-2012, 05:34 AM   #1
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virtualbox-ose on debian squeeze random crashes

OK, eversince squeeze was launched, I am experiencing random crashes in my home server when I use virtualbox-ose AND sound.
1. virtualbox-ose as I am running only servers inside, most without X;
2. Host is debian squeeze only packages from repositories, with main only (no contribs, no non-free) and it does have X;
3. Sound is installed only on host as I need it to play internet radio 24/7, no guest has sound, nor USB enabled;
4. I am running i/o intensive stuff on the guest servers (combination of debian and centos 5 based VMs);
5. I have another Debian system with sound but doesnt have vbox on it, that doesnt crash ever, atm is used as dedicated box for radio so main system wont crash. I also have production machines at work which run for months at a time with virtualbox-ose and many virtualised servers but without sound on;
6. It is NOT a hardware problem as I had brazos e350 e450 and atom D510 based machines, also Via C7 (low power is required) as well as different HDD combinations, including the system on 4 and 16 GB CF cards on the Via C7 one;
7. Load on the system is NOT the issue as it is rarely 100%, I do balance the load between servers and only run a number of machines that the guest is confortable with, besides, most crashes occur at about 50% load as system monitor shows in the frozen image;
8. There is no hint in any log, the host simply freezes. Of course, the guests are dead the same manner;
9. I was thinking to file bug reports but I have no clue against which packages, it looks like it is the combination of sound on host and vbox that cause the problem. There is also little information which I can provide, except for my experiences. There are absolutely no problems in the logs, everything works fine till the crash occurs.

I would appreciate any ideas regarding this issue, I do not want to run 2 machines non-stop because of power considerations, even tho in total they dont go much over 50 W.

Last edited by Maounique; 05-14-2012 at 05:57 AM.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:26 AM   #3
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I wish it was that simple... I had 4 different boards with ddr2 and ddr3, 2 of them with SODIMM. It is highly unlikely all that memory to be faulty or the memory controllers. I did run memtest at the beginning also different tests on the HDDs, they didnt show any problem.
Without the combination of sound and vbox, the systems don't crash, even under heavy i/o load for weeks at a time (the power is more unreliable than the internet, unfortunately).


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