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First off the system specs:
Shuttle xpc St20g5
Amd 3400+ Cpu
1 gig ram
Sony dvd burner
ATI Express 200M onboard video
300 Gig WD hard drive
Dual booting with XP for the moment
Here is the problem. While running linux I get seemingly random lock-ups.
It happens more while trying to browse the web but it can happen whether or not I am using any browser (firefox, Konqueror, opera etc). I have had this problem so far in Debian 4.04, Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 (X86 + X86_64) and now even in OpenSuse 11. I have tried using Gnome and KDE installs of most of the above. In each case I have made sure the Ati drivers are set up correctly, as I was thinking that may be the problem. I have also run memtest86+ for a very long while (~3 days while I was out of town) without any errors. I have even tested the hard drive with Spinrite and it checks out fine! When it locks up I get a white screen sometimes with black vertical lines. After it locks the keyboard no longer responds (ie Ctrl/Alt/Del Ctrl/Alt/Bkspc do nothing!) The only recourse I have is to hit the reset button and reboot. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated as I had intended to use this a linux only system. I have Gentoo running on my main system and Ubuntu 8.04 on my daughter's system (also using an ATI card). I also have one linux from scratch system up and going on my workbench. But with all of this I am still VERY stuck on this problem!
I have completely disabled the SATA controller in the BIOS as I am not using it. I am looking into the radeon driver thing but so far I have had a few minor lock ups but one of which I could actually "fix" with the Ctrl+Alt+Back! So things are going better! I am looking into the man radeon thing but have not had much time to really get into it and get my hands dirty yet. The link you posted seem to work for a bit but then started to cause blank screens at login. However, that may have been my screw up as I was doing a bit of "translation" between the Ubuntu instructions and my OpenSuse. (In fact I am sure I was the cause as I was also dead tired as I was doing it. BAD IDEA! LOL) Thanks so far for everything!