System receives error "Your time source seems to be instable or some driver is hogging interrupts" in messages

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • Time source unstable.
  • The following errors are found in /var/log/messages:
Mar  3 12:05:24 hostname kernel: warning: many lost ticks.
Mar  3 12:05:24 hostname kernel: Your time source seems to be instable or some driver is hogging interupts
Mar  3 12:05:24 hostname kernel: rip __do_softirq+0x4d/0xd0

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1

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