this is my first post here. Sorry if it's in the wrong ng.
I've been having problems installing Linux on my system. Specifically, I get a
kernel message about once a second or so to the effect that there is a
"probable hardware bug: clock timer configuration lost - probably a VIA686a
motherboard. kernel: probable hardware bug: restoring chip configuration."
I've searched the net for days and found nothing other than that it's
supposedly harmless and affects all kernels from 2.2.19 to 2.4.x. It's also
supposed to be unrelated to actually having a VIA686a chipset (I don't).
Does anyone have any idea what causes it? Is it really a hardware bug or is it
a problem with the kernel? Is there any workaround? On SuSE 7.1 it's annoying
but tolerable, since all kernel messages go to a separate virtual terminal; on
debian 3.0 (testing) it's extremely annoying, since it's broadcast to all
Thanks in advance,