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Old 01-31-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
hari_seldon99
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X-Server keeps crashing no matter what!


I'm running Linux mdk 9.2 on a gateway 310X. Now, whenever I left my machine idle for extended periods of time (like 4+ hours), I return to find that the monitor is blank (though it's not in power saving mode) and moving the mouse or keyboard does not bring the screen back. I have to reboot (ctrl-alt-del) and then it shows the shutdown process (where it fails to shutdown the saslauth daemon) and reboots. At first, I thought that apm was suspending the machine and messing it up (apm has been known to do that, I understand), so I got rid of it, but the problem persisted.

So I checked /var/log/Xfree86.log.old and it said that my X-Server suffered a fatal crash.

The old file is posted on :


http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~daneel/xfree86log/



Note that the driver for the display was "i1810", so I changed it to "VESA" and restarted X.

It worked, no more crashes after idle periods, but other problems occurred.....



1> mplayer will not go to fullscreen mode anymore after I switched the driver to "VESA"


2> When I boot into Linux, the X Server starts up just fine. When I log off, instead of showing the login screen, the screen blanks out. When I shut down, the screen no longer shows the usual status messages (stopping this daemon, that daemon etc) but blanks out altogethrer until the machine shuts down. It then restarts OK.


These problems did not exist when I was using the i1810 driver, but then my X-Server suggered "fatal crashes" after extended periods of inactivity.

Are there any other drivers I should try? Should I reinstall the i1810 thingie from an rpm from somewhere or compile from source?


Please do offer suggestions. I'm utterly lost

Thanks,

AR
 
Old 01-31-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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shot in the dark - if ur using acpi now (since u said u got rid of apm), "xset -dpms" and comment out the DPMS option in xf86config-4 after reverting back to your original i810 driver settings. guessing this cos u said it would lock up when in power-saving mode.

from here - http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/ACPI-HOWTO/daemons.html
 
Old 01-31-2004, 04:52 PM   #3
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Hi,


I do not think I'm running acpi...

"service acpi status" as root gives message:

acpi not found

and I do not think that the computwer locks up. According to the XFree86 log file the server crashes altogether...


HELP!!!!!
 
Old 01-31-2004, 05:06 PM   #4
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Hey!! I did as you said. I entered xset -dpms as root and commented out the DPMS bit in the config file, and the display manager did not start during boot! I got the shell mode! I reverted back to the old settings. As I said, I checked through drakconf, and it said that acpi is not running, and "service acpi status" gave nothing.
 
Old 01-31-2004, 05:10 PM   #5
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One other thing. That howto you linked above says that the DPMS option should be commented out in the "Monitor" section. I have my config file posted on


http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~daneel/xfconfig/

The section "monitor " has no such option, but the section "Device" does. I disabled that and my dm did not start
 
Old 01-31-2004, 05:27 PM   #6
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hey, that was only if u were running acpi. u must be running apm then in that case (but u said u got rid of that, so...)
that's all i can think of now.
 
  


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