System panics on boot with warning `WARNING: at drivers/char/vt.c:3361 do_unblank_screen()`

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Issue

  • System will panic as soon as the kernel is loaded, with the following error:
        WARNING: at drivers/char/vt.c:3361 do_unblank_screen()

        Call Trace:
         <IRQ>  [<ffffffff801b5610>] do_unblank_screen+0x4c/0x129
         [<ffffffff8008366f>] bust_spinlocks+0x1c/0x46
         [<ffffffff80092ece>] panic+0x88/0x1d7
         [<ffffffff80065117>] __die+0xf6/0xff
         [<ffffffff80064fba>] oops_end+0x51/0x53
         [<ffffffff8006c742>] die+0x3a/0x44
         [<ffffffff8006cb51>] do_divide_error+0xaa/0xb4
        I[<ffffffff8008cf8c>] find_busiest_group+0x23a/0x621
         [<ffffffff8005dde9>] error_exit+0x0/0x84
         [<ffffffff8008cf8c>] find_busiest_group+0x23a/0x621
         [<ffffffff8008cf5f>] find_busiest_group+0x20d/0x621
         [<ffffffff8008f017>] rebalance_tick+0x183/0x3cb
         [<ffffffff80099e3c>] update_process_times+0x68/0x78
        H[<ffffffff8007892a>] smp_local_timer_interrupt+0x2f/0x66
         [<ffffffff80078f66>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x41/0x47
         [<ffffffff8006bdb5>] default_idle+0x0/0x50
        L[<ffffffff8005dc8e>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x66/0x6c
         <EOI>  [<ffffffff8006bdde>] default_idle+0x29/0x50,
         [<ffffffff8004947c>] cpu_idle+0x95/0xb8
         [<ffffffff80078672>] start_secondary+0x490/0x49f
         [<ffffffff800773f3>] smp_send_stop+0x5c/0xa4
         [<ffffffff80092eda>] panic+0x94/0x1d7
         [<ffffffff80065117>] __die+0xf6/0xff
         [<ffffffff80064fba>] oops_end+0x51/0x53
         [<ffffffff8006c742>] die+0x3a/0x44
         [<ffffffff8006cb51>] do_divide_error+0xaa/0xb4
         [<ffffffff8008cf8c>] find_busiest_group+0x23a/0x621
        [<ffffffff8005dde9>] error_exit+0x0/0x84
         [<ffffffff8008cf8c>] find_busiest_group+0x23a/0x621
         [<ffffffff8008cf5f>] find_busiest_group+0x20d/0x621
        I[<ffffffff8008f017>] rebalance_tick+0x183/0x3cb
         [<ffffffff80099e3c>] update_process_times+0x68/0x78
         [<ffffffff8007892a>] smp_local_timer_interrupt+0x2f/0x66 )
         [<ffffffff80078f66>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x41/0x47
         [<ffffffff8006bdb5>] default_idle+0x0/0x50
         [<ffffffff8005dc8e>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x66/0x6c 
        H<EOI>  [<ffffffff8006bdde>] default_idle+0x29/0x50
         [<ffffffff8004947c>] cpu_idle+0x95/0xb8
         [<ffffffff80461807>] start_kernel+0x220/0x225    
        L[<ffffffff8046122f>] _sinittext+0x22f/0x236


        Code: 8b 44 24 10 39 e8 75 f6 45 85 e4 75 04 eb 0a f3 90 8b 44 24----------
        Kernel panic - not syncing: nmi watchdog

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • VMware ESX Host

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