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Old 08-12-06, 09:23 PM   #15
netllama
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Default Re: Crashing when SMP enabled

I've seen the vesa driver spew this warning on systems as well, and there was no instability associated with it, so I believe its just a harmless warning (or perhaps a harmless vesa driver bug):
(WW) VESA(0): Bad V_BIOS checksum

If you only have one onboard NIC, and its running with forcedeth, then you don't have a Marvell NIC.

The fact that older kernels were stable, yet newer kernels are not could suggest a kernel bug, or perhaps a BIOS bug that gets triggered by changes in newer kernels' behavior/codepaths.

I'd definitely encourage you to get a serial console setup. That will provide a good starting point to debug the instability, regardless of its source.

Thanks,
Lonni
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