Reported bugs through bugzilla, anything else I can do?

I'm actually a bit disappointed as a friend of mine is a network admin and he told me they have a linux server that has not been rebooted for a few years now, so why is mine crashing so often? I'm a big fun of Debian and Fedora, but Fedora latest release keeps annoying me. Is the only solution to switch to something more stable, like Debian Lenny or hopefully Fedora 11 or 12?


here is the error message:

Dec  4 15:09:33 julia kernel: [drm:i915_hangcheck_elapsed] *ERROR* Hangcheck timer elapsed... GPU hung
Dec  4 15:09:33 julia kernel: [drm:i915_do_wait_request] *ERROR* i915_do_wait_request returns -5 (awaiting 230713 at 230710)

I'm still not convinced that the crashes are caused by faulty cdrom drive. Have added my vote on the launchpad bug issue hoping someone is going to fix it soon.

UPDATE2: Memory has been tested thoroughly and no errors were detected during the test

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    The very first thing to check is your RAM. Run Memtest86+ overnight. – Gilles Dec 5 '10 at 22:39
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    @matcheek I do assume you mean you're having a kernel panic? have you looked for any error messages in dmesg? ++ ramtest – xenoterracide Dec 6 '10 at 1:05
  • I have to apologise to Fedora 13. My cd-rom drive is broken, so there's a broken hardware issue, but.. should a faulty cd-rom justify kernel crash? – matcheek Dec 6 '10 at 10:43
  • @matcheek justify? ... well maybe no... but it certainly could be the cause of your problem. any hardware problem (with perhaps the exception plug and play devices) can cause your kernel to crash. certainly the driver could possibly be more robust and prevent the crash... but you can't always rely on that. – xenoterracide Dec 6 '10 at 12:52
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    @Falmarri Well, I read it more as "How do I debug random kernel crashes?", which is a good question – Michael Mrozek Dec 6 '10 at 20:34

A Linux crash is almost invariably caused by a hardware driver. I would start by looking at the graphics card driver. Find an alternative driver that can support your hardware (for instance, if you have an Nvidia graphics chipset, find out if you have the proprietary or open-source version of the driver installed and install the other one then see if the problem persists.

After you determine which driver is causing the problem, you should submit a bug report. Then you can make a decision to either switch to an alternative driver permanently, try to install the latest version of the same driver manually, or to wait for Fedora to update the driver in the repositories.

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