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Old 09-16-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
Russ S.
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Verifying dmi pool data


I got an error in a game that seemed to freeze my desktop, so I used ctrl+alt+f2 and rebooted from there. Now I get this upon booting, I let it sit over night to see if anything would happen. Nope. I have kanotix installed, and Im able to boot from the kanotix live cd. I can backup all my files now, but I really don't like having to do this....since this is the third time. What should I do to fix this?
 
Old 09-16-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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One of the great things about linux is that you rarely ned to reboot it. If you are able to get to a shell through ctrl-alt-f2, then you can use that to kill the game, leaving everything else fine. Here are some possibilities:

I'll assume the game is named gamez for the purpose of this example.

When it crashes, again do ctrl+alt+f2, and then do this:
Code:
ps aux|grep gamez
That will give you a list of processes associated with the game. Once you have those numbers, you just kill the processes. As another example, here is a list of processes my machine runs evolution, so if I wanted to kill it, I'd get this list:

Code:
jim@jimsworktop:~$ ps aux|grep evolution
jim       4945  0.1 42.9 327112 110220 ?       Sl   Sep15   1:28 evolution --component=mail
jim       4951  0.0  0.6  72492  1752 ?        Sl   Sep15   0:00 /usr/lib/evolution/evolution-data-server-1.6 --oaf-activate-iid=OAFIID:GNOME_Evolution_DataServer_InterfaceCheck --oaf-ior-fd=24
jim       4954  0.0  0.8  34144  2188 ?        Sl   Sep15   0:00 /usr/lib/evolution/2.6/evolution-exchange-storage --oaf-activate-iid=OAFIID:GNOME_Evolution_Exchange_Component_Factory:2.6 --oaf-ior-fd=26
jim       4970  0.0  0.9  65644  2372 ?        Sl   Sep15   0:00 /usr/lib/evolution/2.6/evolution-alarm-notify --oaf-activate-iid=OAFIID:GNOME_Evolution_Calendar_AlarmNotify_Factory:2.6 --oaf-ior-fd=28
jim       9787  0.0  0.2   2976   660 pts/3    D+   13:33   0:00 grep evolution
Then if I wanted to kill evolution, I'd issue the command
Code:
kill -15 4945 4951 4954 4970
Then again do the ps aux|grep gamez. If it killed the game, the only answer will be the grep process. If it still lists actual processes, do the kill again, this time with -9 instead of -15 on any processes still running.

Once all that is done, the game should be dead. At that point, you can hit ctrl+alt+f7 to return to the X windows session. Should you return to X and it is still screwed up, then the problem is within X as opposed to the game. You can repeat the same process to close down X windows and restart it, or just sign in and type "startx" without quotes to begin a new X session. Avoid rebooting in general, it servers little purpose on a linux box.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 09-16-2006, 01:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. What can I do about my computer hanging at "verifying dmi pool data" though?
 
Old 09-16-2006, 02:51 PM   #4
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Ok I was able to fix my problem by upgrading kanotix.
 
  


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