It turns out that for those of us that use Linux, there is some sort of kernel bug related to using ReiserFS on a multi-processor machine, if we are actually using an SMP kernel. The bug cause me immediate problems when I installed Suse 9.1 a week or so ago, and I contained most of the problem by telling the kernel not to use the other processor. It turns out that as long as I was using an SMP kernel, even if I told it not to use the other processor, there was still a subtle ReiserFS bug waiting to bite me. Now I am on a single processor kernel, and I seem to be able to get past that problem now.
I really hope the problem is fixed for good, now.