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Old 09-30-2005, 07:41 PM   #1
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shutdown on... well, practically any action :(


Hello!

I have a serious problem here. I have a fresh Mepis install on my box, and it behaves very oddly: if I start some programs, it just shuts down. Well, the coolers still run, but the screen goes black (tells me that there's no signal) and the box becomes unreachable from the outside (funnily though, num lock on the keyboard still lights the LED, so the computer is not really shut down... just kind of asleep?). I can replicate this error with xawtv and with cxOffice config.

Oddly enough, there's no problem with CPU temperature - the sensors tell me it's at about 35C. If it's of any interest, I can play tuxRacer without problems, which should be a lot more intensive on about every component of the PC than xawtv. I don't even have any idea where to start looking, I have never experienced or heared about anything like that before.

My system details are:
OS: Mepis (iso downloaded a week ago, kernel: 2.6.10)
CPU: Athlon XP 3200+
Mainboard: ASRock K7NF2-RAID
RAM: 2x256Mb, not OEM.
Gfx: ATI_092104J (dunno if that's the real name, anyway the cheapest radeon with 128 Mb available right now)
Hdd: 80 GB Hitachi

PCI:
2xNIC with RTL8139 chip
bttv TV card
Some old soundblaster

Both the soundblaster and the two NICs shouldn't cause any problems, as they seem to work perfectly well.

Any ideas? I'd be _very_ thankful!

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Old 09-30-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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Try;
xawtv -hwscan
What I'm thinking is you may need to move a card to another PCI slot
but that is a guess
 
Old 09-30-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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xawtv -hwscan tells me:

This is xawtv-3.94, running on Linux/i686 (2.6.10)
looking for available devices
port 69-69
type : Xvideo, image scaler
name : ATI Radeon Video Overlay

/dev/video0: OK [ -device /dev/video0 ]
type : v4l2
name : BT878 video (Terratec TerraTVal
flags: overlay capture tuner

Is there any way how I can figure out if this is really the problem without ripping the card out?

Thanks a lot in advance,
-Wojtek
 
Old 09-30-2005, 08:23 PM   #4
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Should that be pointing to your tvcard?
You may find some help here;
http://www.linuxtv.org/v4lwiki/index.php/Main_Page
I know zero about this but there may be some problem between your graphics card and your tv card. I would take the tv card out and try that then if cxoffice is ok move it to another slot, again a guess.But someone will come by ...
 
Old 10-01-2005, 09:43 AM   #5
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I was high on hopes for a second, but unfortunately, that wasn't the problem.

After I removed the TV card, I was able to install & configure cxOffice. But now, when I start a cxOffice app or the config, the computer goes down again. Same for xawtv. I haven't tested a lot more apps, but I can say that eclipse works perfectly well (though it's pretty processor intensive), as do all openGL screensavers (some of them are so hard on the gfx card that they're not even displaying fluently). So I'd almost rule out a faulty gfx card.

The behaviour of the PC looks kind of like it's in a sleep/hibernate mode. Is there any way I can find out if that is the case?

Thanks a lot in advance,
-Wojtek
 
Old 10-01-2005, 11:45 AM   #6
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You can try and turn acpi off and see if that helps;
To turn ACPI off edit the /boot/grub/grub.conf file and add ``acpi=off'' at the end of the kernel line.
 
Old 10-01-2005, 02:13 PM   #7
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thanks for the suggestion, but no luck ;( it's still dying
 
  


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