Firefox crash - recommend kernel upgrade?

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rogene
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Firefox crash - recommend kernel upgrade?

Post by rogene » 2007/10/16 23:57:07

Hello,

Since updating my Nvidia driver, Firefox 2.0.0.5 crashes when I try to run applets that rely on JOGL (SUN's Java for OpenGL).
In my system log file, I find the following:

Oct 16 11:50:09 localhost kernel: ioctl32(firefox-bin:5750): Unknown cmd fd(50) cmd(80045500){00} arg(ffffc590) on /dev/snd/controlC0
Oct 16 11:50:09 localhost last message repeated 3 times
Oct 16 11:50:09 localhost kernel: ioctl32(firefox-bin:5750): Unknown cmd fd(51) cmd(80045500){00} arg(ffffc590) on /dev/snd/controlC0
Oct 16 11:50:10 localhost last message repeated 45 times

According to the Nvidia site:
"Linux/x86-64 2.6 kernels < Linux 2.6.11 have an accounting bug in their implementation of the change_page_attr() interface that can trigger a kernel BUG(). :

Their solution is to upgrade to a more current version of the kernel.

So, I have two questions.

First, based on the error message, what do _you_ think the problem is?

Second, I realized that I am running 4.5 and not the most current 5.x. Regardless of the problem described here, what are the advantages of upgrading my system, and is there a painless way to accomplish this task for someone like me who does not normally work at the kernel level.

Thank you much in advance for your time.

rogene
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Re: Firefox crash - recommend kernel upgrade?

Post by rogene » 2007/10/17 00:11:44

By the way, I just learned that /dev/snd/controlC0 refers to an audio device. I wanted to mention that the applets that cause the crash do not (to my knowledge) produce any sound. Could this refer to a warning beep or something? In which case, where would I look for additional clues concerning the nature of the crash? Thanks

rogene
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Re: Firefox crash - recommend kernel upgrade?

Post by rogene » 2007/10/17 03:14:13

It appears that the Java Virtual Machine may be the responsible party. I found a number of error logs in my home directory produced at the time of each crash. I have forwarded this on to Sun.

I would still like to know whether it is best to upgrade - how does one know if one's architecture is best for one or the other. But perhaps I will ask the question in another thread.

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