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Bug#509441: computer locks up during down-load



On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 04:01:15PM +0100, R. Betham wrote:
>  Hi
> 
> Thank you very much for your e-mail.
> 
> It is reproducible on this computer, but only when dialled into that 
> particular dial-up line.
> I guess that that dial-up line is faster than the others.
> 
> I have tried it again to see whether <CTRL><ALT><F1> does anything.
> If I press <Ctrl><Alt><F1> during download before the computer hangs, and do 
> not the press <Ctrl><Alt>F7> till the download is complete, then the computer 
> does not hang, even after I press <Ctrl><Alt>F7>, (unless I do another 
> download).
> However, if the computer hangs first, then <Ctrl><Alt><F1> does nothing.
> If I do not press <Ctrl><Alt><F1> then the delay between start of download and 
> computer hang varied, it is not reproducible.
> 
> I was using it as user jwl whose groups are:
>    jwl cdrom floppy dip users jwl_desk.
> This list does not include audio ,
> this might be relevant.
> 
> In order to get reproducible results I have configured Iceweasel to not use 
> (squid) proxy.
> (I also tried using squid, the computer does not hang when retrieving a 
> previously cached copy of a webpage.)
> 
> 
> Today, after the computer hung, I switched it off, then switched it on again.
> Then I looked at the syslog, it seemed to suggest that there was something 
> wrong in the mtrr part of the kernel.
> I attach a copy of the tail of /var/log/syslog as it was just after switch on.
> 
> I hope that this is usefull.

Could you try the 2.6.24 kernel from Etch, to see whether the lockup is reproducible
with that version as well?

Cheers,
        Moritz



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