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The problem manifests itself randomly.
Sometimes when I move the mouse towards some action point (random), GUI hangs up: mouse does not move any more. Can't Alt PrntSub REISUB, nothing works except turn machine off.
(II) Module synaptics: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
compiled for 1.6.0, module version = 0.99.3
Module class: X.Org XInput Driver
ABI class: X.Org XInput driver, version 4.0
(II) Synaptics touchpad driver version 0.99.3
Sounds to me like a Hardware problem. Not necessarily overheating. Might be faulty ram or something else. Plug in some Linux Live distro (Ubuntu, Knoppix) and let it run through a RAM rest for a few hours. If it crashes (hangs) there too, you surely can assume that it IS the hardware.
The computer (a laptop - Dell Inspiron 8200) does cycle the fans with some frequency, but it quietens if no flash activity is around the many firefox windows I have open. On the terminal 'top' shows 35% with 114 tasks running, 2 running, 0 stopped, 0 zombie;
I will run the memory test.
In the hangup situation none of the aforementioned keyins work. Only forcible power off.
I have done a memory test with no errors. The machine is now quite hot from running the test; the fans were at maximum; they have receded somewhat now; now after 5 minutes back to silence!.
The hangup is so annoying that I am considering going back to Suse (never had any problems with that distro).
I hope that I can resolve this issue which started with my last reinstall of 9.04 which was forced on me after I tried 9.10 with many UI problems (reported to the forum with no help). The problem seems to be in the update that Xorg applies soon after reinstallation.