> Exactly. What puzzles me is that people have reported the problem on
> machines with much memory and without any networking. What
> non-network parts of the kernel need more than one contiguous page in
> an interrupt ?
partition (i.e. If I execute mke2fs several times in a row on this
partition, sometimes everything goes OK, and sometimes it gives the
The resulting filesystem seems to be unstable. If I mount a partition
in which this error occured, and do heavy file operations on it, the
kernel eventually reports "general protection" exceptions.
The system in question is a Pentium Pro 200MHz, 32 Megs ECC, Intel
Venus (440FX) motherboard, Matrox Mystique, and Sound Blaster AWE32
running RedHat 4.2 (linux kernel 2.0.30.)
At first I suspected the ide driver (for some reason the kernel thinks
I am using a 430 Triton chipset instead of a 440 Natoma), but after
reading this thread I am starting to suspect that the problem lies
I'll try the "echo '128 192 256' > /proc/sys/vm/freepages" trick that
Peter suggested and see if that solves the problem. I'll post the
result of this test later.