[mythtv-users] Playback freeze/lockup + kernel panic

steve networks1 at cox.net
Mon Feb 1 01:37:01 UTC 2010

>Just for the record, a memory corruption problem is not necessarily a
memory problem. Memory corruption 
>could be caused by software, for example, copying memory into an array that
exceeds the array's size and
>stomping on a pointer in some data structure that follows the array. Memory
corruption is really hard to 
>debug because the offending event can occur long before the crash.

Good point.  Most of the things I've found about kernel panic say it's
almost always a hardware problem.  I hope that's the case and it's not what
you're describing.

OTOH I just finished running 10 passes of memtest86+ and it found no
problems :-(  so if that's believable it's not a hardware problem in the
memory sticks.  I still can't find any way to test the video hardware in

About a week ago I was having problems with choppy audio because I did not
have the video playback profile set to use VDPAU.  Interestingly, when I
played back under that scenario, the audio was hosed but I did not have this
lockup problem--i.e. a recording would play all the way through.  So
something must be amiss in the hardware or software associated with VDPAU.

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