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Lately I've been having problems with mandrake 9.2 crashing. I thought it had to do with vmware (I use vmware to play mp3s- xmms puts out static and no one was able to help me fix it) since it seemed to crash then. Normally it will only crash once a week, but after crashing three times this morning I didn't start vmware back up. After using firefox with no crashes, I opened konsole and played an mp3 with mpg123.. and crashed. I doubt it is something with firefox since it crashed while I was using vmware + gaim. Anyone have any ideas on what is happening/how to fix it?
The problem is, the keyboard stops working, I've tried switching to other consoles, and even tried logging out.. the number lock key won't eveb change the light on or off. I checked the syslog, and there's nothing suspecious..
My computer is home made, my brother bought a bare bones system and stuck some stuff on it.. so the sound is onboard. The motherboard is model # K7S5A, the manual says AMD K7 processor. It has the SiS 735 chipset.
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
since you probably don't have access to any hardware testing equipment, you should run some sort of memory, and hard drive tester, and. most of that stuff runs from dos. i used to work at a place that had a program called troubleshooter. ts.exe. i still find the best way is to pull parts in and out and swap them. if you can't figure it out, it's the motherboard.
anyway, that's what people that work on computers are for.
Have you tried sshing into the machine from another? We are having the same issues at work. We can ssh into the box from another machine and kill the vmware process, but the ctrl, alt, and shift keys stop working after that. Only solution is a reboot.