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Old 04-12-2008, 03:07 AM   #1
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linux crash?


Every now and then, I come back to my computer and find that it's frozen at the screensaver. It's completely unresponsive to crtl+atl+backspace and ctrl+alt+fx. Even pressing the power button (which I imagine should send an acpi shutdown command) does nothing.

This has been going on for a number of months, and I *THINK* it only occurs when I have deluge (a python-based bittorrent client) running.

I know system logs are stored in /var/log, but after that I'm not sure how to go about debugging the issue and finding the root of the problem. Where do I start?

TIA
 
Old 04-12-2008, 03:16 AM   #2
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Are you running an OpenGL screen saver, or a normal one?
 
Old 04-12-2008, 04:11 AM   #3
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I'm running XFCE v4.4.2 with xscreensaver v5.04. I have a random set of screensavers that, yes, includes some openGL screensavers. I have a dual-screen setup with an nvidia GeForce 6200 LE and hardware acceleration with the proprietary nvidia drivers.

That being said, I don't believe the screen saver is the root of the problem. I could be wrong, however, I think it's just "frozen at the screensaver" because, well, 100% of the time after I leave my computer for x number of minutes, the screensaver comes on.

Then again, I have no idea. Do opengl screensavers currently have a bug with this type of crash?
 
Old 04-12-2008, 12:12 PM   #4
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I'm running XFCE v4.4.2 with xscreensaver v5.04. I have a random set of screensavers that, yes, includes some openGL screensavers. I have a dual-screen setup with an nvidia GeForce 6200 LE and hardware acceleration with the proprietary nvidia drivers.

That being said, I don't believe the screen saver is the root of the problem. I could be wrong, however, I think it's just "frozen at the screensaver" because, well, 100% of the time after I leave my computer for x number of minutes, the screensaver comes on.

Then again, I have no idea. Do opengl screensavers currently have a bug with this type of crash?
On my computer if I run the OpenGL screensavers, my computer freezes, but my computer is ancient, so I don't know about yours.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 04:00 PM   #5
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This has been going on for a number of months, and I *THINK* it only occurs when I have deluge (a python-based bittorrent client) running.
Try killing the process and then testing to see if the screensaver freezes.

Also, I had an issue while trying a new distribution a while back -- the screensaver would freeze if it had to ask me for my password.
 
Old 04-13-2008, 02:59 PM   #6
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Try killing the process and then testing to see if the screensaver freezes.
The freeze is so difficult to duplicate (it deffenetly doesn't occur every time I come back to my computer--maybe only 10% of the time) that this is almost impossible.

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Also, I had an issue while trying a new distribution a while back -- the screensaver would freeze if it had to ask me for my password.
Well, it does ask me for my password, but I can't remove that option; I'd rather have it freeze than allow people to get to my files.

Look, I didn't really need people to suggest what the PROBLEM might be. What I REALLY want to know is which log files I should check (X11? xscreensaver? some magical <if-your-computer-crashes-check-this-log-file syslog>?), where they are located, and what I should check for.
 
Old 04-13-2008, 05:35 PM   #7
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Hi,

Look at the xorg logs or the syslog.
 
  


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