months ago I installed debian woody on my aged PC
In the meantime I have upgraded to sarge, some packages are sid. I am basically VERY happy with debian. But there is one issue: the system freezes sometimes...
I did some tests in the last couple of weeks, and found out that it freezes in 100% of the cases when I compile a new kernel. Strange?!? I assume it because of the high disk or processor activity? Not sure.
I tried compiling a new 2.6.5 kernel with the following kernel versions: 2.6.0, 2.4.18 and
kernel-image-2.6.5-1-k7. No matter what kernel version, the system freezes after a few minutes. The mouse does not respond, and I cannot switch to another console oder restart x11. It is not possible to reset with crtl-alt-delete, no ping or telnet works from the outside. I have also waited for hours if the system comes back - no luck...
Now, don't get me wrong - I hardly have freezes with Windows Me on this machine - might be, because I don't put a high load on the system with running OpenOffice...
Here is my configuration:
cpu: AMD Athlon 850 MHz
motherboard: VIA VT8363 (sound onboard: VIA AC'97 Audio Controller; VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller; NIC onboard: Realtek RTL8139/810X; VIA Tech 8038 PCI to USB Universal Host Controller)
graphics adapter: Diamond Viper II Z200, 1600x1200, 60Hz
ATAPI 52X CDROM
WDC WD400EB-00CPF0, 40GB
WDC WD205AA-00BAA0, 20GB
ram: 120MB + 512MB
BIOS V1.65, Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, Release 07/27/2000 W, Copyright 1984-2000
It would be great if you can help me! Having a non-stable system is no fun... Any suggestions are welcome!