[rescue] ECC [was: Re: WOT: Ebay changes to IBM from Sun E10Kservers?]

nick at snowman.net nick at snowman.net
Thu Jul 10 00:56:21 CDT 2003

The typical response from a PC to an ECC error is an NMI.  While linux
dosen't really "support" it, it's rather hard to ignore, and I know from
experience that it'll bitch like mad if you get one.

On Wed, 9 Jul 2003, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 02:17:40AM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> > Having had to get one or the other of this machine's two memory sticks
> > replaced under warrranty three times now for single-bit hard errors, I
> > figure I'm going to spend the extra 10% and buy ECC next time I buy RAM
> > for any of my fast Athlon boxes.  Probably consolidate all the non-ECC
> > RAM into the gamebox and stuff ECC in this machine.  Having to get a
> > 256MB stick replaced for a single-bit error is sorta absurd.
> Just keep in mind that not all PC motherboards do ECC, even when they
> say they do.
> Many of them might even support it but not have the hardware/software to
> let the OS detect ECC problems, etc.
> Very few PC type motherboards have a real ECC memory system from what I
> have seen so far.
> I don't believe that any of the BSDs or Linux supports it either, but I
> would love to be wrong about that.
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