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Old 08-07-2004, 07:35 AM   #1
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Red face My linux is broke...boot hangs and gnome crashes


When i boot my computer, it hangs when it comes to load the acpi daemon. Now, ive had probs like this before, first it was gpm (which someone here helped me fix by making the gpm binary not executable), then it was my keyboard map that caused boot to freeze (i used the same method as above to solve this), now its acpi thats messing things up. Problem is, i need acpi and dont want to disable it.

But theres something fishy going on, because on each occasion above, the hanging application was always before 'Starting X11 Session..'.

When the boot sequence hangs at acpi loading, i have to reset the computer, causing linux to boot up running fsck and so on, however when i reboot after 'logging in to perform root maintenence' and run fsck without options as suggested by slackware, acpi successfully loads and X loads...taking me to gdm.

Which brings me on to my next problem, gnome hangs upon login from gdm. I get the splash screen then the error 'gnome-settings-daemon ended unexpecdedly' or something to that effect.

It booted fine before, the only change ive made was to install mplayer. The same happened with gpm and the keyboard map...everything booted successfully but then for no apparent reason one would decide to screw things up! Seems kinda random..

Whats going on?! Why wont my linux just work?

Seems to me like its a problem with X somehow, but i dont really know what, or how to begin to fix it.

Any help would be greatly appriciated.

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Old 08-07-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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My unhelpful suggestion: make sure you've backed up your data, because it sounds like your hard drive isn't too happy.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 09:22 AM   #3
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Are you using a laptop?
 
Old 08-07-2004, 04:19 PM   #4
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Yep proudclod, a new Dell Inspiron 8600.

Thanks.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 05:02 PM   #5
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It sounds like X might be what's causing your problems - set it to boot into the console (runlevel 3) just to make sure.
 
Old 08-08-2004, 11:34 AM   #6
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oneandoneis2, i was going to try your suggestion but now i no longer get the boot hang...acpi now loads fine. I never changed anything, it just decided to work again. However, i feel that it will eventually cause a hang again.

Whats with this inconsistency? I still get the gnome errors however.

Very confused...

Thanks for the reply.
 
Old 08-08-2004, 05:11 PM   #7
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Either your hard disk is leaving this world to heaven (check your log files for ugly messages from /dev/hd*) or you are doing something fundamentally wrong. Linux just doesn't stop and start working by itself.
Sorry for the insult, but do you switch your machine properly (using shutdown or halt command), do you use a non-root user for regular work?
R.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 10:26 AM   #8
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I think it's probably more to do with linux acpi not liking that laptop. But I haven't had any problems with my laptop (running Cobind 0.2) so I'm not really qualified to help much more
 
Old 08-09-2004, 01:53 PM   #9
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Yep i always shut it down properly, the only time i don't is when i can't (when/if it freezes during loading acpi at boot). I always use a user account when using my laptop, su'ing as nessessary.

Ive looked at /var/log/messages and /var/log/syslog and none seem to mention anything bad about my hard drive.

Also, ive noticed that gnome works when i log in as any other user bar my main user account.

What are the chances of it being my hard disk dying? The machine's only a few months old and wasn't cheap.

Thanks.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 02:05 PM   #10
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Ummmmm, now everything's working. Gnome works too. Weird.

Why's it so screwy?!
 
  


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