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Old 10-12-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
GodMonkey
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Very odd problem with many distros...


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!
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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probably a sata problem. Use AHCI

Graphics Card Specs?

Why don't you try the radeon driver?

xorg.conf?

Are you using fb?
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:51 PM   #3
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probably a sata problem. Use AHCI
I am using an IDE drivew on that system but will check that out.

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Graphics Card Specs?
onboard ATI Express200M using 128meg shared memory

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Why don't you try the radeon driver?
Im using the fglrx driver at the moment but if there is a better choice PLEASE let me know!


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xorg.conf?
I will post that when I get back home later tonight


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Are you using fb?
Yes for Grub... Or do you mean for the Xorg?
 
Old 10-13-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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probably a sata problem. Use AHCI
Just noticed that the BIOS only has two SATA options

SATA enabled or disabled
SATA RAID enabled or disabled

as I am not using them I may try disabling the SATA controller.

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xorg.conf?
Code:
# SaX generated X11 config file
# Created on: 2008-10-10T00:05:40-0500.
#
# Version: 8.1
# Contact: Marcus Schaefer <sax@suse.de>, 2005
# Contact: SaX-User list <https://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/sax-users>
#
# Automatically generated by [SaX2] (8.1)
# PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!
#

Section "Files"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/local"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/URW"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/PEX"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin2/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latin7/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/japanese:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/kwintv"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/uni:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/CID"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ucs/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/misc:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/75dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/100dpi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/hellas/Type1"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
  FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/xtest"
  FontPath     "/opt/kde3/share/fonts"
  InputDevices "/dev/gpmdata"
  InputDevices "/dev/input/mice"
EndSection

Section "Module"
  Load         "dbe"
  Load         "type1"
  Load         "freetype"
  Load         "extmod"
  Load         "glx"
  Load         "dri"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
  Option       "AIGLX" "on"
  Option       "AllowMouseOpenFail" "on"
  Option       "IgnoreABI" "on"
  Option       "ZapWarning" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "kbd"
  Identifier   "Keyboard[0]"
  Option       "Protocol" "Standard"
  Option       "XkbLayout" "us"
  Option       "XkbModel" "microsoftpro"
  Option       "XkbRules" "xfree86"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver       "mouse"
  Identifier   "Mouse[1]"
  Option       "Buttons" "9"
  Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option       "Name" "ImExPS/2 Logitech Explorer Mouse"
  Option       "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
  Option       "Vendor" "Sysp"
  Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection


Section "Monitor"
  Option       "CalcAlgorithm" "XServerPool"
  DisplaySize  355 265
  HorizSync    30-96
  Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
  ModelName    "M991"
  Option       "DPMS"
  Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x1024"
  VendorName   "DELL"
  VertRefresh  50-160
  UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Device"
  BoardName    "ATI Radeon Xpress Series (RS480 5954)"
  Driver       "fglrx"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Option       "Capabilities" "0x00000000"
  Option       "VideoOverlay" "on"
  Option       "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
  Option       "FSAAEnable" "off"
  Option       "FSAAScale" "0"
  Option       "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
  VendorName   "ATI"
EndSection
 
Old 10-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
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You can use the radeon or the latest radeonhd driver.

Uninstall fglrx completely (there is a script in /usr/share/..)

Edit section device

driver radeon
keep the last option remove others

See this OLD tutorial http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu_fei...ryl_ati_radeon
 
Old 10-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #6
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See man radeon too
 
Old 10-14-2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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What I have done so far...

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!
 
  


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