Nathan and David,
My memory isn't good enough to remember exactly when this happened, so I
checked the CVS logs. I added it in the middle of Jun. It looks like
4.0.1 got merged in the middle of July. I think Red Hat 7.x is running
4.0.1.c, so it sounds like you should already have the code that avoids
the lock for keyboard & mouse input.
So far, from the hardware descriptions listed, I noticed David is
running SMP. David have you tried booting UP to see if get smoother?
Yes, that's an odd thing to effect it, but it is easy to test.