crashed to text only screen, kernel panic

Bug #1402857 reported by Samantha
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
bcmwl (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Vivid by Alberto Salvia Novella

Bug Description

I wasn't running anything other than Firefox, which had just been sitting stationary for about 10 minutes and then the screen went to some text only page. I only remember seeing the words "Kernel panic" in some of the lines. It's done it twice so far today. I'm not the savvy...person, so I'm not really sure how to fix this?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: compiz-core 1:
Uname: Linux 3.18.0-031800rc7-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl

ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu10
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: No value set for `/apps/compiz-1/general/screen0/options/active_plugins'
CompositorRunning: compiz
CompositorUnredirectDriverBlacklist: '(nouveau|Intel).*Mesa 8.0'
CompositorUnredirectFSW: true
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Mon Dec 15 17:56:49 2014
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: vivid
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 bcmwl,, 3.16.0-28-generic, i686: installed
 bcmwl,, 3.18.0-031800-generic, i686: installed
 bcmwl,, 3.18.0-031800rc6-generic, i686: installed
 bcmwl,, 3.18.0-031800rc7-generic, i686: installed
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/compiz
 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS880M [Mobility Radeon HD 4225/4250] [1002:9712] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0479]
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-11-29 (16 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Release i386 (20141022.1)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Inspiron One 2305
 PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.18.0-031800rc7-generic root=UUID=36d9257f-32a5-484d-b8ae-58dd9cc622ee ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: compiz
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 03/22/2011
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A06 0DPRF9
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A00
dmi.chassis.type: 13
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: Not Specified
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA06:bd03/22/2011:svnDellInc.:pnInspironOne2305:pvrNotSpecified:rvnDellInc.:rn0DPRF9:rvrA00:cvnDellInc.:ct13:cvrNotSpecified: Inspiron One 2305
dmi.product.version: Not Specified
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
version.compiz: compiz 1:
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.58-2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 10.3.2-0ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 10.3.2-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.9.0-1ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:7.4.0-2ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.916+git20141119-1~exp1ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:1.0.11-1ubuntu2
xserver.bootTime: Mon Dec 15 17:15:09 2014
xserver.configfile: default

xserver.logfile: /var/log/Xorg.0.log
xserver.version: 2:
xserver.video_driver: radeon

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Samantha (samantha-fournier) wrote :
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Samantha (samantha-fournier) wrote :

I don't even know if I reported the correct thing here : D

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Lars Renström (lars-renstrom) wrote :

I also hade kernel panic crashes and noted that the computer locked as soon as my WIFI connected. I then removed the bcmwl-kernel-source package and everything now works as a charm. Maybe you have the same problem?

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Critical
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Wolter HV (wolterh) wrote :

Lars, which network controller are you using?

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Lars Renström (lars-renstrom) wrote :

This is the output from lspci:

43:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)

Changed in compiz:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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Christopher Townsend (townsend) wrote :

Given that "kernel panic" was seen on the screen, I don't think this is a Compiz issue. Given that both people commenting in this bug have Broadcom cards, I suspect the problem is in bcmwl.

affects: compiz (Ubuntu) → bcmwl (Ubuntu)
no longer affects: compiz
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Doug Gale (doug16k) wrote :

I have almost the same issues, except I run Metacity, so it's not related to compiz, and in my case, the panic can happen at resume but it frequently happens when I (try to) restart or shutdown. It kernel panics with either black screen or text mode, with flashing numlock. Stack trace scrolls off the top, but the symbols clearly indicate it is executing in the wl driver.

My NIC is similar:
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

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