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On Apr 20, 2010, at 4:18 56PM, Jukka Marin wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 01:51:41PM +0200, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 02:17:21PM +0300, Jukka Marin wrote:
>>> So could it be a RAM ECC failure or some such?  What is supposed to happen
>>> after an ECC failure?
>> I've seen BIOS configuration options about this. Usually it triggers
>> an NMI, but I think it could also be configured to trigger an
>> ACPI event, or to be handled by the BMC.
> I couldn't find any option other than the one that allows the system to log
> ECC errors in system log (readable within BIOS).  There were two parity
> error messages in the log - one from 2008 and one from last month (the day
> that I upgraded the system) and nothing else.  (I wonder if the log works
> properly under NetBSD..)

Have you tried running memtest+ (from pkgsrc)?

                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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