linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic: Boot problems on a64x2 which go away after about 10 attempts/20 minutes

Alfred JILKA ubuntu at
Sun May 18 20:16:47 UTC 2008

To me this looks like a hardware problem. Might be one of the capacitors 
near the CPU has gone bad. Open the case and take a close look at each 
of them, there might be one or more with a deformed top or with some 
brown dots (liquid from inside was pressed through the broken aluminum) 
These need to be replaced with same type.

HTH, Alfred

Rich Lott schrieb:
> Package: linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic
> Version: 2.6.22-14.52
> Severity: important
> Every morning, without fail, I cannot boot my Athlon 64 x2 machine.
> Grub loads fine, and launches the kernel.
> Then the boot sequence dies (Kernel Panic with various different types
> of message, 'tried to kill init' is popular, but there are
> myriad others) or just hangs; the keyboard is dead and I have no
> option but to do a hard reset.
> To get it to boot:
> * I repeat this for up to 10 times, or
> * I leave it in its hung state for 10 mins, then reboot
>    (usually works)
> Once it's booted I haven't had a single problem.
> I have tried noapic (saw it on some lists) but same problem.
> It's an ext3 filesystem with a standard install of Kubuntu 7.10.
> It's a new PC (Dell Optiplex 740) which is a slimline thing. I can
> submit lshw or lspic if needed.
> Be grateful for any help as I currently lose 20 mins of each working day
> due to this problem.
> Thanks.
> rich
> -- System Information:
> Debian Release: lenny/sid
>    APT prefers gutsy-updates
>    APT policy: (500, 'gutsy-updates'), (500, 'gutsy-security'), (500,
> 'gutsy-proposed'), (500, 'gutsy-backports'), (500, 'gutsy'), (500,
> 'feisty-security')
> Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
> Kernel: Linux 2.6.22-14-generic (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
> Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
> Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
> Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic depends on:
> ii  coreutils [fileutils]  5.97-5.3ubuntu3   The GNU core utilities
> ii  dpkg                   1.14.5ubuntu16    package maintenance system
> for Deb
> ii  initramfs-tools        0.85eubuntu20     tools for generating an
> initramfs
> ii  module-init-tools      3.3-pre4-2ubuntu4 tools for managing Linux
> kernel mo
> Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic recommends:
> ii  grub                      0.97-29ubuntu4 GRand Unified Bootloader
> -- no debconf information

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