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Old 02-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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GUI freezes on Debian 6.0.0


Hi.

I was hoping someone could help me figure out what's causing this.

Yesterday I downloaded the netinstall CD image for Debian 6.0.0 and put it on an older Dell machine. Most of the time it works fine, but three or four times now, the screen has frozen, usually right after clicking some button or other. The mouse moves, but mouse clicks and keystrokes get no response.

I can ssh into the box while frozen and it seems normal. I tried poking around the logs but I'm not too sure what I'm looking at. I installed netatalk this afternoon and just tried playing a video file from a share, and that worked even though the desktop is frozen. Rsync seems to work, too.

Also, it knows enough to blank the screen after a few minutes, and a keystroke restores the image to its frozen state.

Is there some way to reset the GUI remotely without rebooting the whole machine?

Thanks,

John


Update:

It just happened again. I was looking in /var/log/syslog and saw this:
Quote:
Feb 27 20:08:11 Cerebro kernel: [ 5622.844012] [drm:i915_hangcheck_elapsed] *ERROR* Hangcheck timer elapsed... GPU hung
Feb 27 20:08:11 Cerebro kernel: [ 5622.844029] render error detected, EIR: 0x00000000
Feb 27 20:08:11 Cerebro kernel: [ 5622.844062] [drm:i915_do_wait_request] *ERROR* i915_do_wait_request returns -5 (awaiting 56122 at 56121)
The time looks right. Could that be the culprit? Looks graphicsy...

Also, Xorg.0.log ends with:

Quote:
(EE) intel(0): Detected a hung GPU, disabling acceleration.
No time stamps, but maybe the same thing?

Last edited by jaycatt; 02-27-2011 at 07:14 PM. Reason: Update
 
Old 02-27-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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http://us.generation-nt.com/answer/r...196658301.html
 
Old 02-28-2011, 12:51 AM   #3
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https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/507504
 
Old 03-08-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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Unhappy Having same problem of X windows freeze

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I'm having the same problem. I've upgraded from Debian to Squeeze, and since then, after few minutes the entire desktop gets frozen, not reacting to mouse or key inputs.
I saw the link refered by the prior reply, but failed to make head and tail out of it. Could anyone advice of actual steps which I should take ?
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 03-08-2011, 09:15 AM   #5
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It does not hit the nail, but you can find a few things one can do here:
http://www.debianuserforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=383

I had such a or similar problems on a lenovo laptop with intel (which i just bought).
I did:
upgrade to testing
install a kernel from sid (later one from experimental).
install intel-microcode (it is in contrib/non-free, in case that matters to you)
install preload
change the nice value back and forth:
# grep -A2 nice /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config
nice_value=-3
allowed_users=console
#

Some of it helped, but don't ask me what. The freezes seem to be gone.

If you don't want to compile a kernel yourself (or install one from unstable), you can wait till it arrives in the backports.

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
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The .37 kernel in Sid should fix the i915 freezes. Shouldn't need the .38 rc kernel from experimental.
 
Old 01-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #7
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I've had similar problems to the OP. I'm running Debian 6 on an older Dell Dimension 2350, and I'm getting constant freezes on my system, and in general laggy performance. I would like to know if anyone knows how to fix this problem.
 
Old 01-10-2012, 02:20 AM   #8
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Having the same problem. I upgraded from Debian 6.0.0 to 6.0.3 but still get this screen freeze. As I'm not that expert, can anybody help with providing a list of simple steps to resolve?
Many thanks
 
Old 01-10-2012, 02:29 AM   #9
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Having the same problem. I upgraded from Debian 6.0.0 to 6.0.3 but still get this screen freeze. As I'm not that expert, can anybody help with providing a list of simple steps to resolve?
Many thanks
Not sure what to tell you, I've tried several things and nothing seemed to work. You could try updating the kernel from backports and see if that has any effect. I actually decided to upgrade to Wheezy and I have only had one freeze I believe thus far, although performance is not great, it is much better than what I experienced under Squeeze.
 
Old 01-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #10
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Not sure what to tell you, I've tried several things and nothing seemed to work. You could try updating the kernel from backports and see if that has any effect. I actually decided to upgrade to Wheezy and I have only had one freeze I believe thus far, although performance is not great, it is much better than what I experienced under Squeeze.
Thanks for the reply. I guess the best thing will be to upgrade to Wheezy. Where can I find guid on this task of upgrading?
Thanks.
 
Old 01-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #11
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You may not need to upgrade to testing. First install the 2.6.39 kernel, all of the drm stuff and the xorg intel driver from backports and see if that resolves it.
 
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Thanks for the reply. I guess the best thing will be to upgrade to Wheezy. Where can I find guid on this task of upgrading?
Thanks.
You should try upgrading the kernel as caravel said first. Add the Squeeze Backports to your sources.list file first, then update to the 2.6.39 kernel. Make sure to update grub after installing the new kernel ($ update-grub) Followed by installing the following from backports.
  • xserver-xorg-core
  • xserver-xorg-video-all
  • xserver-xorg-input-all
  • libdrm2
  • libdrm-intel1
Please see caravel's post for more information. To install Wheezy, I would do a clean install from the following iso, or you could just update your sources.list as well. If you do a clean install, then use the provided disk image, and other than that the install is identical to Squeeze.
 
  


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