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If its just totally random on different distro's without running any specific program, I'd say you have some hardware issues, perhaps something isn't configured properly or something is about to die, like your hard drive. Do you notice during the freeze if your hard drive indicator light stays solid or not? I know from my experiences, when mine started doing such things, it died shortly thereafter..
Originally posted by pleasehelpme NO.....my hard drive didn't keep running like crazy and hard drive led didn't light on all the time.
load average is 11% to 22% to 33% sometimes freeze at below 11% as well.
swap is empty
cpu load is nomal
the motherboard and other parts age are below 1 year old
bye ciao ..
Well then, that's helpful. Anything else, any trends in it freezing up? Like what your doing when it freezes up, programs used, what this machine is used for, etc... Is it literally every 5 minutes on the mark that it freezes up.. etc? More details get better replies. When I have freeze ups, I always do a process of elimination. Start with bare hardware for your system to run..
Like start off with motherboard, ram, hard drive and video.. no freezing, add another component.. like NIC or any other device you have and keep it going, once you add a hardware and it start freezing randomly, you can conclude it might be that piece of hardware causing the problems. If it starts off with just the bare setup, run a memory test or try different memory, try another hard drive.. etc.
I installed Suse 9.3 recently and it freezes. The mouse won't move, the keyboard is locked out and I have to reboot. My best guess is the ATI video driver isn't up to date with the latest kerne/KDE version although I'm wondering if there's a memory leak somewhere. Apart form that, I think this is a great distro. I just wish that Novel would optimise the kernel for Jack.
Do the error logs show anything noteworthy?
what does dmesg show you?
If you switch to tty10, do you see any repeated error messages?
What does top show you (e.g., what process seems to be eating processor time)?
If you start smartd and run smartmontools (smartctl), does it report a failing hard drive?
You cought me out! I may be a Windoze programming veteran but I'm a real Linix newbie (<1 month). I have no idea about where my error logs are or what the tty thingy is. I need a little help here please. I can say that it's not the hard drive.
Any help gratefully appreciated esp. links to any good tutorials/books etc.