[vbox-dev] Problem with VB 3.1.4 and 3.1.6

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at lwfinger.net
Fri Mar 26 12:47:49 PDT 2010

When booting the openSUSE 11.3 M4 NET install CD for i586, the system hangs when
initializing the ipv6 driver. A serial console dump shows that the kernel is
executing routine pcpu_populate_chunk() in file mm/percpu.c and detecting a
locked CPU. The details are given in
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=576681, where Jiri Bohac writes "The
memset is zeroing a chunk of memory starting at fec00000. This might as well be
a virtualbox issue, I can't otherwise explain how the system could hang in the
middle of a single instruction, while still processing timer interrupts."

The host for this problem is openSUSE 11.2 x86_64 running a 2.6.34-rcX kernel (X
= 2 now). I am using the pre-compiled binary version (not OSE).

Does this problem sound familiar? Is there anything I can do to help debug this
on the host side? Jiri is also running VB 3.1.4 on an x86_64 host, and he does
not have the problem. He may be running the OSE version of VB,

Note that if ipv6 is disabled, then the kernel boots with no problem and the OS
can be installed.


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