Strange failure, probably video card

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Sun Dec 8 21:05:46 UTC 2013

Kernel is 2.8.0-31-generic SMP x86_64 (amd 4-core)
I don't think it's the driver because I have had this card for several
years, but the log messages started just a week or so ago.
However, I'm not sure how to even tell what driver I'm using, and I
fool around with many things on this machine -- I don't remember what
i did about drivers.
It may help to know that among the installed packages are

On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
>> /home is not on the root partition, fortunately, so the impact is
>> minor.  So far.  But I tracked it down to kern.log and syslog.  They
>> had grown to 40 GB between them.  There were a huge number of
>> essentially identical entries, up to dozens per second.  They looked
>> like this:
>> Dec  8 11:27:53 treat kernel: [10611.756131] AMD-Vi: Event logged
>> [IO_PAGE_FAULT device=01:00.0 domain=0x0014 address=0x0000000000256000
>> flags=0x0000]
>> This is pretty cryptic, but the device=01:00.0 seems to match this
>> line of output from lspci(1)
>> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce
>> 8400 GS Rev. 3] (rev a2)
>> One further bit of evidence.  These lines are added as long as the GUI
>> is on my monitors (I have 2).  They stop being added if I Ctl-Alt-F1
>> to a console login.
> I'm not sure if it is important, but maybe you could tell us a bit more:
> Which kernel version are you using? Did you install the proprietary
> nvidia driver or is it the default nouveau driver? Maybe you could try
> if it makes a difference if you use another driver for the graphics
> card.
> Nils
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