[CentOS] flash drive crashes machine

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Mon Apr 13 17:25:10 UTC 2009

Bart Schaefer wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 6:08 AM, Michael Klinosky <mpk2 at enter.net> wrote:
>> I just installed 5.3 on a tower box. When I plug in a usb flash drive,
>> the machine crashes. I don't know how to diagnose the problem; I used
>> gnome-system-log, and got this (watching it as I plugged it in):
> Possibly not helpful, but --
> I've had this happen when using the front-panel USB ports on a couple
> of different towers.  It does not happen on the same machines using
> the USB ports in the back, leading me to believe that there's a
> physical problem with the front-panel connections; induction from the
> USB to reset wires, or some such.

more likely, the front panel wiring isn't up to USB 2.0 specs and can't 
handle 480Mbit/sec, so protocol data gets corrupted during high speed 
transfers, causing the driver to take a dump in kernel space

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