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Old 09-06-2006, 02:37 AM   #1
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Red face Linux shuts down without any message


Hi!
I've installed SUSE 10.1 on clean hard drive (20Gb with reseirf for system and 130 Gb with XFS - empty for now). After I start system ( I have GNOME automatically started) system shuts down itself after 5-10 minutes even if I do not do anything. Shutdown occurs with closing all open windows with no messages.
If I start in fail-safe mode in commmand-line - system works fine.

I've checked my filesystem with fsck and it reported no errors.
How can I troubleshoot an issue and what log files can I look at?

Thanks.
 
Old 09-06-2006, 03:39 AM   #2
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Hi,

and welcome to LQ!

When you say: shuts itself down; does that really mean a clean shutdown, or
is it more like a reset?


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Old 09-06-2006, 05:12 AM   #3
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"system shuts down itself after 5-10 minutes even if I do not do anything. Shutdown occurs with closing all open windows with no messages."

Does the computer shut down completely (as in power off), or does the screen just go black if you don't do anything for a few minuets?

If the power is still on, and the screen just goes black. move the mouse and watch it all come back. The screen saver is probably set to kick in with a black screen.

Go into Control Center -> Appearance and Themes -> Screensaver to adjust things to your liking.
 
Old 09-06-2006, 11:09 AM   #4
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Thanks for replies!

Computer shuts down as I'd use shutdown command - all windows are closed, then SUSE blue screen (the same as during startup) is displayed for couple seconds and then power is turned off.
Next boot up takes a little bit longer after that. It looks like something similar to shutdown due to some oberheating or something like this (I've checked in BIOS - CPU temperature is fine). I wonder there can be some options to automatically shutdown based on some tempreatures/other values.
 
Old 09-06-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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There are several log files in /var/log. Most are readable with the 'cat' command. One or two, you have to be root to read. Open a console and try reading the tail end of each log to see in anything interesting show up.

Example: 'cat /var/log/messages | tail -n 50' would show you the last 50 lines of the messages log. You can change the number to any number you want. Default is 20.

You also have a couple of hidden logs in your users home directory, .X.err and .xsession-errors.
 
Old 09-07-2006, 11:23 AM   #6
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Thanks for your help. I found some issues with display in .xsession-errors. Unfortunately when I installed new drivers from nvidia my X server did not start at all.

I've downloaded and installed Ubuntu and now everything is running fine. Since I'm new to Linux and I want to explore it Ubunutu will be fine as well.
 
  


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