"Fatal Trap 19" on initial install

Kris Kennaway kris at FreeBSD.org
Sat Mar 22 16:15:58 PDT 2008

Frank Solensky wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-03-22 at 19:08 +0100, Kris Kennaway wrote:
>> Frank Solensky wrote:
>>> ..  I believe the "RAM parity error" is a red herring: I haven't
>>> had any problems running Linux or Vista on this machine and running
>>> Memtest86+ overnight didn't turn up any problems.
>>> http://updraft3.jp.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=i386/107564 appears
>>> to be similar but unresolved.
>>> ...
>>> Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance..
>> The other OSes may be recovering (with performance penalty) from your 
>> RAM errors due to additional code not present in FreeBSD.  In my 
>> experience this error is not a red herring, it indicates a real problem 
>> with your memory.
> What form of memory testing does the install process use?  Or is there
> some way to get more specific info about where the failure is occuring?
> It'll be easier for me to work with the manufacturer if I can give them
> more info about the failure.

No testing is done by the OS, these errors are being reported to it by 
the hardware as they occur.  Your BIOS may keep a log of ECC errors it 


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