RE: Fwd: PROBLEM: Random kernel panic & system freeze when watchingvideo

From: Luck, Tony
Date: Wed Jan 02 2013 - 19:05:21 EST

>I had to build the latest mcelog from and it tells you a
>little bit more: it is an internal parity error. I don't know, though,
>what errors reported in bank 2 pertain to on this cpu model - Intel
>should know :).

Intel is a big place ... we didn't document which bank reports
which structure in the public data sheet ... so I'd have to find
some internal docs for that. Not sure it would help though as
the MC2STATUS register value 0xb200000000000005 just says
"internal error" - without any extra bits in the "mscod" subfield.
This is the "default:" at the end of the internal "switch" where
all the usual suspects have been eliminated and we just know
that something went wrong.

One possibility is a thermal problem (since I presume that
video decode is making the CPU work hard). Does the machine
get noticeably warmer, or does the fan kick up to high speed
when this happens?

Another (harder to isolate) is power supply ... if the CPU is
drawing more power during video decode, then you might
see a brownout where voltage drops too low. This could cause
all sorts of internal problems.

How predictable is the problem? If you power on the system
from cold (unused for a few minutes) and immediately start
watching a video (same video in multiple tests) ... do you see
the hang/crash at the same point in the movie? Or are there
large variations.

If we have a plain s/w bug doing something evil that trips
the problem, I'd expect a high level of repeatability. If you
have a thermal problem then you may be able to accelerate
it by partially blocking the fan exhaust. Electrical ... I suppose
it might be different on AC power vs. battery.

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