Linux crashing on PE 2650 Matt_Domsch at
Sat Dec 21 01:43:00 CST 2002

> We just purchased another lot of Linux servers from DELL and 
> for the first time we are having serious problems.  I 
> installed Red Hat Linux 7.3 shipped with the boxes and 
> upgraded all packages, including the kernel to ver. 
> 2.4.18-18.7.  Yesterday one of the boxes crashed (hung).  No 
> response from keyboard, mouse or network (ping).

Yes, that's the tg3 bug in that kernel, supposed to be fixed in -19*.
Temporary workaround is to switch tg3 to bcm5700 in /etc/modules.conf and

> This morning I upgraded the kernel to 2.4.18-19.7 on another box 
> (also PE 2650) and it just crashed locking the screen!

That's bad.  Can you hook up a serial console (howto at, capture the
oops to another machine, (I assume it oopses, if not boot with
nmi_watchdog=1 on the kernel command line too), run the oops text through
ksymoops, and post it here?  That's the info we need to see where it crashed
and why.


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