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Garibaldi3489 02-01-2005 09:44 PM

Running processes, which ones don't I need
 
I outputted top here, which lists all my processes running.
Quote:

[?7ltop - 20:42:02 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.15, 0.83, 0.63
Tasks: 81 total, 1 running, 80 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 10.6% user, 5.3% system, 0.1% nice, 84.0% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 445628k used, 4856k free, 46708k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 213376k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
 1586 andrew 11 0 9152 9144 6240 S 2.0 2.0 0:07.27 artsd 
30999 andrew 14 0 920 920 716 R 2.0 0.2 0:00.02 top 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.18 kswapd 
 5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 bdflush 
 6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kupdated 
 10 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd 
 11 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kreiserfsd 
 61 root 9 0 592 592 512 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 syslogd 
 64 root 9 0 448 448 392 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 klogd 
 152 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 knodemgrd_0 
 188 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khubd 
 1396 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 usb-storage-0 
 1397 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 scsi_eh_1 
 1440 root 9 0 520 520 464 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.01 inetd 
 1443 root 9 0 1244 1244 1028 S 0.0 0.3 0:00.07 sshd top - 20:42:05 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.14, 0.81, 0.62
Tasks: 81 total, 2 running, 79 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 2.0% user, 1.7% system, 0.0% nice, 96.3% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 445748k used, 4736k free, 46816k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 213384k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
 1551 root 16 0 111m 47m 5444 S 0.7 10.9 4:07.30 X 
 1869 andrew 11 0 42488 40m 15m S 0.7 9.2 1:09.86 firefox-bin 
30984 andrew 17 0 21348 20m 13m S 0.7 4.7 0:00.71 ksysguard 
 1586 andrew 12 0 9152 9144 6240 S 0.3 2.0 0:07.28 artsd 
 1604 andrew 12 0 25928 25m 21m S 0.3 5.8 0:10.93 kdeinit 
30999 andrew 15 0 1008 1008 796 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.03 top 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.18 kswapd 
 5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 bdflush 
 6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kupdated 
 10 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd 
 11 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kreiserfsd 
 61 root 9 0 592 592 512 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 syslogd 
 64 root 9 0 448 448 392 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 klogd 
 152 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 knodemgrd_0 
 188 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khubd top - 20:42:08 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.21, 0.81, 0.62
Tasks: 85 total, 5 running, 80 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 26.9% user, 5.6% system, 0.0% nice, 67.4% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 443300k used, 7184k free, 46816k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 204172k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
31001 andrew 11 0 25012 24m 21m S 12.6 5.6 0:00.38 kdeinit 
 1551 root 19 0 113m 49m 5444 R 8.6 11.3 4:07.56 X 
 1869 andrew 15 0 42488 40m 15m S 3.3 9.2 1:09.96 firefox-bin 
31002 andrew 11 0 18436 18m 17m S 2.7 4.1 0:00.08 kdeinit 
30984 andrew 10 0 21348 20m 13m S 0.7 4.7 0:00.73 ksysguard 
31000 andrew 9 0 16732 16m 16m S 0.7 3.7 0:00.02 kdeinit 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.3 0.0 0:01.19 kswapd 
 1586 andrew 9 0 9152 9144 6240 S 0.3 2.0 0:07.29 artsd 
 1588 andrew 9 0 19648 19m 17m R 0.3 4.4 0:00.40 kdeinit 
 1604 andrew 9 0 25928 25m 21m S 0.3 5.8 0:10.94 kdeinit 
 1614 andrew 9 0 17988 17m 10m S 0.3 4.0 0:21.11 gaim 
30945 andrew 9 0 16520 16m 15m S 0.3 3.7 0:00.13 kdeinit 
30985 andrew 10 0 784 784 620 S 0.3 0.2 0:00.11 ksysguardd 
30999 andrew 10 0 1008 1008 796 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.04 top 
31004 root 11 0 808 808 268 S 0.3 0.2 0:00.01 modprobe.old 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 top - 20:42:11 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.21, 0.81, 0.62
Tasks: 86 total, 8 running, 78 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 14.6% user, 6.6% system, 0.0% nice, 78.7% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 443804k used, 6680k free, 47572k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 204184k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
 1551 root 18 0 113m 49m 5444 R 10.6 11.3 4:07.88 X 
 1869 andrew 13 0 42508 40m 15m S 8.0 9.2 1:10.20 firefox-bin 
 1599 andrew 9 0 16292 15m 15m S 0.3 3.6 0:01.09 kdeinit 
 1871 andrew 13 0 42508 40m 15m S 0.3 9.2 0:00.02 firefox-bin 
 1876 andrew 9 0 42508 40m 15m R 0.3 9.2 0:00.50 firefox-bin 
30984 andrew 9 0 21348 20m 13m S 0.3 4.7 0:00.74 ksysguard 
30999 andrew 10 0 1008 1008 796 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.05 top 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.19 kswapd 
 5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 bdflush 
 6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kupdated 
 10 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd 
 11 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kreiserfsd 
 61 root 9 0 592 592 512 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 syslogd 
 64 root 9 0 448 448 392 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 klogd 
 152 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 knodemgrd_0 top - 20:42:14 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.35, 0.83, 0.63
Tasks: 86 total, 7 running, 79 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 43.5% user, 6.6% system, 0.0% nice, 49.8% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 445752k used, 4732k free, 47608k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 203248k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
 1869 andrew 15 0 42508 40m 15m R 24.9 9.2 1:10.95 firefox-bin 
 1551 root 16 0 116m 52m 5444 R 22.9 11.9 4:08.57 X 
 1586 andrew 9 0 9152 9144 6240 S 0.3 2.0 0:07.30 artsd 
 1876 andrew 9 0 42508 40m 15m R 0.3 9.2 0:00.51 firefox-bin 
30984 andrew 9 0 21348 20m 13m S 0.3 4.7 0:00.75 ksysguard 
30985 andrew 9 0 784 784 620 S 0.3 0.2 0:00.12 ksysguardd 
30999 andrew 10 0 1008 1008 796 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.06 top 
31007 root 10 0 932 932 268 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.01 modprobe.old 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.19 kswapd 
 5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 bdflush 
 6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kupdated 
 10 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd 
 11 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kreiserfsd 
 61 root 9 0 592 592 512 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 syslogd 
 64 root 9 0 448 448 392 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 klogd top - 20:42:17 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.35, 0.83, 0.63
Tasks: 89 total, 4 running, 85 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 26.5% user, 3.6% system, 0.0% nice, 69.9% idle
Mem:  450484k total, 440388k used, 10096k free, 47608k buffers
Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 203504k cached

 PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 
 1869 andrew 18 0 43020 41m 15m S 14.6 9.3 1:11.39 firefox-bin 
 1551 root 14 0 110m 46m 5444 S 13.6 10.5 4:08.98 X 
 1872 andrew 9 0 43020 41m 15m S 0.3 9.3 0:00.39 firefox-bin 
30984 andrew 9 0 21348 20m 13m S 0.3 4.7 0:00.76 ksysguard 
30985 andrew 9 0 784 784 620 S 0.3 0.2 0:00.13 ksysguardd 
30999 andrew 10 0 1008 1008 796 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.07 top 
31001 andrew 9 0 25012 24m 21m R 0.3 5.6 0:00.39 kdeinit 
 1 root 8 0 240 240 212 S 0.0 0.1 0:04.93 init 
 2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 keventd 
 3 root 19 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0 
 4 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.19 kswapd 
 5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.23 bdflush 
 6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kupdated 
 10 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd 
 11 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kreiserfsd 
 61 root 9 0 592 592 512 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 syslogd 
 64 root 9 0 448 448 392 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.00 klogd 
 152 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 knodemgrd_0 top - 20:42:20 up 1:28, 1 user, load average: 0.32, 0.82,
I'm wondering if there are any processes that I should kill to help prevent system freezes (they may eat too much memory and are unnecessary)?

WMD 02-01-2005 09:45 PM

Good sir...that's quite unreadable. Try instead, posting the output of ps -aux.

DaWallace 02-01-2005 09:48 PM

where the hell did you get that from?

Garibaldi3489 02-01-2005 09:58 PM

WOW! sorry... I don't know how that happened! I guess it couldn't accept the characters. Anyway here is ps -aux:
Quote:

USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
root 1 0.0 0.0 480 240 ? S 19:13 0:04 init [3]
root 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:13 0:00 [keventd]
root 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? SN 19:13 0:00 [ksoftirqd_CPU0]
root 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:13 0:01 [kswapd]
root 5 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:13 0:00 [bdflush]
root 6 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:13 0:00 [kupdated]
root 10 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S< 19:13 0:00 [mdrecoveryd]
root 11 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:13 0:00 [kreiserfsd]
root 61 0.0 0.1 1404 592 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/syslogd
root 64 0.0 0.0 1344 448 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/klogd -
root 152 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:14 0:00 [knodemgrd_0]
root 188 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:14 0:00 [khubd]
root 1396 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:14 0:00 [usb-storage-0]
root 1397 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 19:14 0:00 [scsi_eh_1]
root 1440 0.0 0.1 1376 520 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/inetd
root 1443 0.0 0.2 3140 1244 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/sshd
root 1453 0.0 0.1 1372 492 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /sbin/dhcpcd -d -
root 1481 0.0 0.4 4804 1876 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd
root 1503 0.0 0.1 1460 564 ? S 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/crond -
daemon 1505 0.0 0.1 1464 612 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/atd -b
root 1508 0.0 0.4 4900 1808 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 sendmail: accepti
smmsp 1511 0.0 0.3 4788 1656 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 sendmail: Queue r
root 1519 0.0 0.0 1384 448 ? Ss 19:14 0:00 /usr/sbin/gpm -m
andrew 1521 0.0 0.3 2624 1504 tty1 Ss 19:14 0:00 -sh
root 1522 0.0 0.1 1336 468 tty2 Ss+ 19:14 0:00 /sbin/agetty 3840
root 1523 0.0 0.1 1336 468 tty3 Ss+ 19:14 0:00 /sbin/agetty 3840
root 1524 0.0 0.1 1336 468 tty4 Ss+ 19:14 0:00 /sbin/agetty 3840
root 1525 0.0 0.1 1336 468 tty5 Ss+ 19:14 0:00 /sbin/agetty 3840
root 1526 0.0 0.1 1336 468 tty6 Ss+ 19:14 0:00 /sbin/agetty 3840
andrew 1537 0.0 0.2 2376 1208 tty1 S+ 19:16 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/X11R
andrew 1550 0.0 0.1 2156 620 tty1 S+ 19:16 0:00 xinit /usr/X11R6/
root 1551 4.3 10.8 117220 48920 ? SL 19:16 4:25 X :0
andrew 1555 0.0 0.2 2364 1164 tty1 S 19:16 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/X11R
andrew 1556 0.0 0.2 2384 1212 tty1 S 19:16 0:00 /bin/sh /opt/kde/
andrew 1569 0.0 3.5 29976 15872 ? Ss 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: Running.
andrew 1572 0.0 3.5 29896 15968 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: dcopserv
andrew 1574 0.0 3.8 31936 17340 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: klaunche
andrew 1577 0.0 4.2 33004 19276 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: kded
andrew 1586 0.1 2.0 13460 9144 ? S 19:16 0:07 /opt/kde/bin/arts
andrew 1588 0.0 4.3 38240 19644 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: knotify
andrew 1592 0.0 0.0 1332 324 tty1 S 19:16 0:00 kwrapper ksmserve
andrew 1594 0.0 3.5 31024 15980 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: ksmserve
andrew 1595 0.1 4.0 32444 18272 ? S 19:16 0:09 kdeinit: kwin
andrew 1597 0.0 3.7 31612 17020 ? S 19:16 0:00 kdeinit: kwrited
andrew 1599 0.0 3.6 31404 16288 ? S 19:16 0:01 kdeinit: khotkeys
andrew 1601 0.0 4.3 33848 19436 ? S 19:16 0:05 kdeinit: kdesktop
andrew 1604 0.1 5.7 40720 25956 ? S 19:16 0:11 kdeinit: kicker
andrew 1613 0.0 4.1 32864 18716 ? S 19:16 0:00 korgac --miniicon
andrew 1614 0.3 3.9 26976 18000 ? S 19:16 0:21 gaim
andrew 1679 0.0 4.5 32940 20376 ? S 19:19 0:01 kdeinit: kio_uise
andrew 1698 0.0 2.7 23372 12172 ? S 19:20 0:00 /opt/kde/bin/kdes
root 1740 0.0 1.3 9844 6240 ? S 19:21 0:00 /opt/kde/bin/arts
andrew 1746 0.0 2.0 13460 9144 ? S 19:21 0:00 /opt/kde/bin/arts
andrew 1844 0.0 0.2 2396 1260 ? S 19:39 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/loca
andrew 1864 0.0 0.2 2436 1280 ? S 19:39 0:00 /bin/sh /usr/fire
andrew 1869 1.6 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 19:39 1:20 /usr/firefox/fire
andrew 1871 0.0 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 19:39 0:00 /usr/firefox/fire
andrew 1872 0.0 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 19:39 0:00 /usr/firefox/fire
andrew 1874 0.0 0.5 4028 2360 ? S 19:39 0:00 /usr/libexec/gcon
andrew 1876 0.0 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 19:39 0:00 /usr/firefox/fire
root 30766 0.1 0.3 3492 1568 ? Ss 20:10 0:03 /usr/local/bin/wi
root 30768 0.0 3.0 1080728 13588 ? S 20:10 0:00 /usr/local/bin/wi
root 30769 0.0 3.0 1080728 13588 ? S 20:10 0:00 /usr/local/bin/wi
root 30770 0.0 3.0 1080728 13588 ? S 20:10 0:00 /usr/local/bin/wi
root 30771 0.0 3.0 1080728 13588 ? S 20:10 0:00 /usr/local/bin/wi
root 30772 0.0 3.0 1080728 13588 ? S 20:10 0:00 /usr/local/bin/wi
andrew 30901 0.0 4.8 33660 21884 ? S 20:15 0:00 kdeinit: kmix -ca
andrew 30902 0.0 4.4 32200 20052 ? S 20:17 0:00 kdeinit: appletpr
andrew 30910 0.0 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:02 rhythmbox
andrew 30912 0.0 0.6 5408 2932 ? Ss 20:19 0:00 /usr/libexec/bono
andrew 30913 0.0 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:00 rhythmbox
andrew 30914 0.0 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:00 rhythmbox
andrew 30915 0.5 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:11 rhythmbox
andrew 30916 0.0 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:00 rhythmbox
andrew 30917 0.0 4.1 34520 18584 ? S 20:19 0:00 rhythmbox
andrew 30984 0.4 4.7 31884 21352 ? Ss 20:41 0:04 ksysguard --showp
andrew 30985 0.2 0.1 1700 784 ? S 20:41 0:02 ksysguardd
andrew 30986 0.0 4.8 34528 21800 ? S 20:41 0:00 kdeinit: konsole
andrew 30987 0.0 0.3 2620 1496 pts/1 Ss 20:41 0:00 -sh
andrew 30999 0.4 0.2 1936 1020 pts/1 S+ 20:42 0:03 top
andrew 31001 0.0 5.6 36308 25608 ? S 20:42 0:00 kdeinit: konquero
andrew 31013 0.0 5.4 37164 24520 ? S 20:42 0:00 kdeinit: kwrite /
andrew 31014 0.0 3.6 31280 16460 ? S 20:42 0:00 kdeinit: kio_file
andrew 31053 0.0 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 20:57 0:00 /usr/firefox/fire
andrew 31054 0.0 9.5 64108 43044 ? S 20:57 0:00 /usr/firefox/fire
andrew 31056 5.0 4.8 34524 21792 ? R 20:57 0:00 kdeinit: konsole
andrew 31057 0.7 0.3 2620 1496 pts/3 Ss 20:57 0:00 -sh
andrew 31069 0.0 0.1 2280 796 pts/3 R+ 20:57 0:00 ps -aux

oxblood 02-01-2005 11:51 PM

Hah, just to make things a bit more redeable run:
Code:

ps -aux | awk '{print $11}'

WMD 02-02-2005 12:46 AM

You can shut off Sendmail, most likely. As root, go to pkgtool > Setup > services, and uncheck it. Then, for immediate effect, do /etc/rc.d/rc.sendmail stop. Other than that, most of that stuff can stay on.

Garibaldi3489 02-02-2005 05:04 PM

Quote:

You can shut off Sendmail, most likely. As root, go to pkgtool > Setup > services, and uncheck it. Then, for immediate effect, do /etc/rc.d/rc.sendmail stop. Other than that, most of that stuff can stay on.
I'll try that. I wonder if that would be enough to cause that freezing.... doesn't seem like it though. Any other ideas as to why stuff is freezing? The only app I have had open consistently each time is gaim, maybe that is it. I can try posting the errors from /var/logs if you want.

Tinkster 02-02-2005 05:59 PM

sendmail doesn't consume anywhere near enough
ram to be able to bring the system to a halt, I'd much
more suspect firefox (maybe in conjunction with java
on websites) as the culprit... that is, if it's the OS at all
and not some flaky hardware or a misbehaving proprietary
graphics driver ...


Cheers,
Tink

Garibaldi3489 02-05-2005 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Tinkster
sendmail doesn't consume anywhere near enough
ram to be able to bring the system to a halt, I'd much
more suspect firefox (maybe in conjunction with java
on websites) as the culprit... that is, if it's the OS at all
and not some flaky hardware or a misbehaving proprietary
graphics driver ...


Cheers,
Tink

That makes sense. I'll try keeping firefox closed and use Konqueror or something. If it is firefox how can I fix it so I can keep using it regularly without freezing the system?

WMD 02-05-2005 06:30 PM

Oh...I used to get lockups from using Nvidia driver with cursor shadowing turned on. You using either of those by chance?

Garibaldi3489 02-06-2005 01:46 PM

Quote:

Oh...I used to get lockups from using Nvidia driver with cursor shadowing turned on. You using either of those by chance?
I've got the new IA32 Nvidia driver. I'll try turning off cursor shadowing, is that in kcontrol under mouse?

shilo 02-06-2005 04:46 PM

At first, I thought this post was about getting rid of stuff that you didn't need running on your system. After reading it a few times (especially WMD's last post) I am beginning to think that this post is really more like, "My computer freezes and I want to fix it. I think that it is because there is too much memory being used."

If that is the case. Why not try "free -m" to see how much memory is being used up. You could also try switching to a lightweight WM like fluxbox or xfce. If you still have lock ups, it is probably something else. Like WMD, I have had plenty of lock ups caused by video cards. SiS an NVidia both. With and without accelaration. With and without composites. One thing that has never failed is using the nv driver on an nvidia card without composite. Try changing to that for a day or so and see if that gets rid of the lockups. If so, just switch back to the nvidia driver and tweak xorg.conf until you get a setup that is more stable for you.


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