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Old 07-07-2004, 10:25 PM   #1
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Question SuSE 9.1 crashing-help determine problem

Sorry for being so general in the subject, but this one has really got me! What could possibly cause SuSE 9.1 pro to crash and I do mean crash? I have installed SuSE 9.1 Pro on a Intel P4 3.0e SE7210TP1 server with dual Seagate Barracuda 160 GB SATA drives running on the on board Intel SATA Raid controller. I have Samba 3 running and the SuSEFirewall2. Everything else is what SuSE decided should be in the default installation.

Anyway, every once and a while, the server simply hangs. KDE is a little responsive. When you move the mouse over a button, you find that the shading changes but pressing the button does nothing. Hitting ctrl-alt-f2 switches you to terminal with a login prompt. Typing in a user name at the prompt works but once you hit enter, then there is absolutely no response. The only way to get anything to happen is to hard reset the system.

Upon restart, I have gone through all the log files and canít find anything odd. There doesnít seem to be any mention of a problem or error.

The server board is mounted in a huge 4U case so there isn't any constraints to the airflow. I am considering mounting a few more fans just in case it is a thermal issue.

This problem is happening 3 to 4 times a day. However, so far, I havenít been able to determine what could be causing this. Therefore, I am open to suggestions. Could this be hardware related, software related? If nothing is appearing in the log files, any suggestions how I might determine what is going on? Iím willing to try just about anything to get this solved.
Old 07-07-2004, 11:52 PM   #2
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Is there another OS in this machine? Does it hang also?

Open yast2 > runlevel editor and disable every service you don't use.

Check for correct spining of fans. Maybe there's no constraint, but
some wire out of place...

Tell us what kernel you use. Do " uname -r" at the console.

Check for kernel modules. Do you use something misconfigured?

Is there any non-functioning hardware in this box? Not installed?
Old 07-09-2004, 10:07 AM   #3
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Does dmesg show any errors ?
What kernel version do you run (uname -r)
Can you please perform a memory test ? A bad RAM module
can cause intermittend crashes.
Check if you have enogh memory and swap space.

You say it happens with KDE. It might be the video driver.
Can you start another GUI or maybe only in text mode ?

If the crashes happen at the same day-time you might check your crontab.

Last edited by Vlad-A; 07-09-2004 at 04:47 PM.
Old 07-10-2004, 09:10 PM   #4
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This is great stuff. So far, there are no messages in any of the log files that would indicate anything is wrong. I have tried to shut down as many services as I dare and will be slowly bringing them back one at a time over the next few days. Since this is an intermittent problem, I am not guaranteed to have a crash, but that is probably a good thing


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