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Old 04-26-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Linux randomly freezes. So does Pacman, occasionally.


Occasionally, when I am using Pacman, it will just freeze right in the middle of an operation; then it has to be terminated and the operation must be restarted. I can't explain why this happens.

Then, I actually have the entire OS freeze (completely separate occasion, not related to the Pacman problem, though they are alike in nature). No buttons register, X freezes, logs aren't written too, nothing. Nada.

As a very rough observation, this seems to happen when the lappy is moved a lot. I can't say that's it though.

This is very disconcerting; I'm just glad ext4 has been very kind about it so far, as when this happens I have to hard reboot the system by pressing the power button for like 10 seconds, because nothing else works.

I've checked my logs, and nothing seems to be abnormal.

Please help?

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Old 04-26-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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Hey lupusarcanus!

Did you do an update? Using VLC? If so, that's a possible answer. I use(d) vlc a lot (all the time) but the latest v 1.9.1 sometimes takes the whole system down with it...no Ctrl-Alt-F1 (console to do a clean reboot) no desktop switch, no keys, no mouse, all zombie.

If so, the bug was submitted @ Arch's...

Luck!

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Old 04-26-2011, 07:43 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, I haven't used VLC for a while. I decided to switch to a GTK-based player a while back. I have a small hunch as to what it might be, though I am going to make a new thread (for my hunch) for it because it may or may not be related.

Thanks for the heads-up about VLC though.
 
Old 04-26-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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I suspect this is due to the hdd bad blocks you mentioned in another thread. At least the OS lock up bit. My test box shows similar symptoms and I'm having to replace the hdd on it. Dead as the proverbial door nail.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 04:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for the heads-up about VLC though.
No problem, hope you get this fixed, though. Nasty when the fun stops in the middle of the movie...

The bug about VLC has been submitted...but I've got a workaround, and it's a good one: I started using Audacious...

Thor
 
Old 05-01-2011, 01:58 AM   #6
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Ugh, it just happened again. For absolutely no reason X died and dropped to the console. Then the console froze and everything became completely unresponsive. Not even the Caps Lock or Touchpad LED's were working.

This is on the 'good' HDD. I made this thread because of the 'good' HDD.

This sucks. It just randomly cuts out for no reason at all. I can't find anything in /var/log that even evidences an error.

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