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I installed Slackware 13 (full install) a few days ago and every thing is working well except KDE freezes (I'd say randomly but lately it seems as if it happens after I use a KDE program or component.) and nothing works except the mouse cursor, I have to use the power on/off to reset the computer. After a reboot and fsck checks the partition that was unmounted improperly I log in delete a few bad files (.serverauth.XXXX, socket-speeedy and tmp-speedy) I'm usually able to restart KDE using startx. Googling around I think it may be my on board Intel video, dmesg id's it as the Intel 830M Chipset.
Any suggestions would be appreciated?
BTW, this box ran Mandrake 10.1 for the last 6-7 years without problem, for what's worth.
Intel video sucks. I have problems with it too. Beside official slackware alternate intel drivers you might try to use latest drivers I prepared for myself. Driver 2.9.0 works best for me. Good luck, grab from here:
I've tried every driver in /extra with no improvement. The first three, 2.5.1, 2.6.3, 2.7.1, all resulted in black screens with a mouse cursor but otherwise frozen. 2.8.1 worked but I'd still get the random freezes.
Witek's 2.9.0 also had a random freeze problem with a spontaneous reboot. 2.10.0 wouldn't load X and 2.9.1 has the freezing problem too. I'm sticking with 2.9.1 because it seems to work the best.
Any other ideas? I'm thinking of upgrading KDE from 4.2.4 to 4.3.4 also I thought of sticking an old PCI video card in and seeing what happens.
as root: upgradepkg libdrm-2.4.17-i486-1.txz (I wonder how did you upgrade intel drivers ?) If upgrading libdrm won`t help with starting X on 2.10.0 driver, just downgrade the driver to 2.9.1 with upgradepkg xf86-video-intel-2.9.1-i486-1.txz and it should work fine. You don`t have to downgrade libdrm.
however, I didn't realize a reboot was necessary with each change, but if and when KDE frooze after a driver was changed the system was rebooted and tested with the same driver at least one other time.
I guess removing and installing a package is equivalent to upgradepkg so you did it OK
And? Is the new driver working for you? If not, you might want to test new intel driver compiled with kernel mode settings enabled, prepared by matters. I`ve just put them in my directory (both libdrm and intel-driver)
I haven't tested 2.10.0 yet, but I will. Last night I generated a xorg.conf and changed the driver from intel to vesa, in the short time since I made the change things have been stable but slow. I sure hope 2.10.0 works out. :-(
Edit: that last part went pretty much over my head.
The 184.108.40.206 kernel in Slackware 13 does not fully support some Intel graphics hardware. My suggestion would be to update your kernel.
One option would be to compile your own kernel.
Another option would be to upgrade your system to Slackware-current (at this time it is kernel 220.127.116.11).
I am having the same problem. KDE freezes every now and then. I just downloaded the latest Slackware available 3 or 4 days ago so I assume I have the latest kernel for it. I haven't tried to troubleshoot yet.
Am here to let you know that you're not the only one having this kind of problem.
I'll try to figure out what could cause this problem and post it here hopefully if I can fix it.
I upgraded my Slackware 13 installation to -current (2-2-2010) and my problems seem to have cleared up. I'm starting X with startx and no xorg.conf file. Although I hope to get a little more performance out of the Intel Corporation 82845G/GL graphics.
Spoke to soon, just had a couple freeze/lockups. There different than before, now I'm able to <Ctrl><Alt><BS> to get out of X. But... I can't restart X without rebooting, if I do I just get a black screen with mouse pointer.