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Not sure why I get the same result between (amd64) debian, kubuntu, xubuntu, but the screen will pixelate once the desktop is fully loaded, sometimes when an app window opens like konsole/terminal.
I've tried various combinations, with & without the GeForce PCIx, even the live CDs freeze. Please trust me when I say I exhaust searching for what's already been asked/posted/resolved before posting, yes even google, I'm at a loss... It freezes like a kernel panic because Ctrl+Alt+F1 doesn't do jack, nor Ctrl+Alt+BkSp, would dmesg have logged anything useful?
Yeah I tried the nVidia drivers and everything loaded quicker, got to the same point and froze the same way. Correction though, the mouse cursor will continue to respond but that's it. Will try the "nozap" package thanks.
I don't think it's directly a video problem though. MemTest?
Sorry for re-opening this issue, my buddy made it a Windows box for a couple months and then decided he wanted to learn Linux over many Windows related frustrations/headaches (why we all went to Linux in the first place :P).
Attempting to get Gnome working remotely GDM did come up, he did login, the GUI froze, but the machine via remote connection still worked. Xorg went into an endless loop (100% CPU usage), killed that process. When GDM came up again it just froze and wouldn't go away, etc. so I just rebooted to clear up the mess for now. dmesg revealed nothing about the issue either.
Up to the point of actually freezing the display is as it should be and then bam, it pixilates again becomes unresponsive to the GUI user.
What do I need to do to resolve this or at least diagnose it better/further, something, anything please.
Now I've got it running straight Debian from NetInstall (Lenny) or "Linux Tux 2.6.26-2-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Feb 11 00:59:32 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux".