kernel oops on 2650 :-(

Jim Laverty jim at
Fri Oct 31 10:42:00 CST 2003

We experienced something similar with our Dell 2650s and 2.4.20-8smp and
2.4.20-8bigmem, a firmware update to the backplane and upgrading the kernel
to 2.4.20-20smp eliminated the problem.   If you can, update all of the
firmware and BIOS.  I believe our problem was in the kernel though and not
firmware related.

We are using both the Perc/3 Dc and Perc/3 Di controllers in a RAID 5 config
the same box, not straight SCSI.  

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-admin at [mailto:linux-poweredge-admin at]
On Behalf Of Matt_Domsch at
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 4:27 PM
To: jonesy at CS.Princeton.EDU
Cc: linux-poweredge at
Subject: RE: kernel oops on 2650 :-(

> kernel is Redhat's 2.4.20-8smp.

OK, this may be something we fixed in 2.4.20-20 then.  The page_referenced()
in the call stack is what I'm thinking about, a rare timing condition.  Your
lsmod doesn't show any non-standard modules loaded (good), so can you please
try with 2.4.20-20smp kernel?


Matt Domsch
Sr. Software Engineer, Lead Engineer
Dell Linux Solutions
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