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#1 2021-06-07 13:31:34

From: Korea
Registered: 2019-05-19
Posts: 66

Weird freezes and General Protection Faults - a hardware failure?

Dear Arch Linux community,

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, so feel free to remove if it doesn't fit here.

My computer is not exactly new, and have had some issues with it recently. Sometimes it works perfectly for days or even weeks, but on a bad day, it freezes randomly with no mouse movement, and even the caps/num lock lights become nonreactive, and the sound starts repeating what's in the buffer. I have checked the journal in a few of those cases and found nothing. I've ran memtest booting from a USB, and the memory seemed good.
However, a few days back, it started acting up big time, sometimes it even froze before getting to the BIOS POST, and it happened in the evening and the next morning as well. I thought it's dead for good, but two day later it turned on no problem and worked without issues again. So I used this chance I got to look back on the journal to the days it failed, and when it successfully got through GRUB, loaded Light-DM, but the system was unusable, I found this entry:

jún 04 06:52:15 nicemicro-home-pc kernel: general protection fault, probably for non-canonical address 0x200000000000000: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT SMP PTI
jún 04 06:52:15 nicemicro-home-pc kernel: CPU: 3 PID: 277 Comm: (loadkeys) Not tainted 5.12.6-arch1-1 #1
jún 04 06:52:15 nicemicro-home-pc kernel: Hardware name: System manufacturer System Product Name/H110-PLUS, BIOS 0207 11/19/2015
jún 04 06:52:15 nicemicro-home-pc kernel: RIP: 0010:unlink_anon_vmas+0x189/0x1a0

What I figured is that H110-PLUS is the brand of my motherboard (ASUS).

During this boot, there are two more similar errors in the journal. The other boots, where the system started up properly, these errors are not present.

Does this message suggest, that my motherboard is malfunctioning? Might this be related to the random freezes?

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#2 2021-06-07 14:16:52

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Registered: 2012-10-16
Posts: 12,994

Re: Weird freezes and General Protection Faults - a hardware failure?

general protection fault usually points to memory issues, run a memtest over night or so.


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