[CentOS] APIC error on Intel Atom CPU, CentOS 5.x

Martin Jungowski martin at rhm.de
Tue Mar 16 07:50:20 UTC 2010

If it helps I'm experiencing a *very* similar problem with all Atom N270 
based company netbooks (Lenovo S10e) with openSUSE 11.2 and Kernel 2.6.31, 
as well as openSUSE 11.1 and Kernel 2.6.27. Putting load on the NIC works 
fine until I start rsync. Literally everything else allows me to put load 
on it - ftp, scp, downloading large files via HTTP, copying via NFS or 
SMB, etc. But as soon as I start rsync it locks up. It doesn't even start 
to transfer anything - the NIC instantly dies and more often than not 
takes the entire system down with it. Every now and then instead of a full 
lockup I only get a dead NIC. Killing the rsync process hard (-9) and 
restarting the network often helps.

I realize that this is a very different software environment but I was 
about to try CentOS on that baby next. I'll try the noapic option when I 
get back to my office but it's interesting how so different environments 
seem to produce similar errors. I guess what I'm trying to say is that 
it's probably not a CentOS-specific issue we're dealing with here.


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