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Hegemon 01-18-2004 05:43 AM

Linux Randomly Freezing
My Linux install (Slackware 9.1 with a 2.6.1 custom kernel) keeps freezing. It seems to be related to accessing the harddrive as has frozen while compiling a kernel several times, running updatedb (or locate i carnt rember), during boot many times, when running hdparm -Tt /dev/sda2 a few time seems to freeze it. All of those seem to be harddrive related. I guess it could also be cpu/memory but the computer is mostly stable when in windows and when running X windows it seems fine as well (although i havnt been doing much other than playing some of those games since stuff like my network card isn't working but thats a story for another post :p

The harddrive is a SATA running on a Promise TX2-Plus onboard controler. I have made sure it wasnt graphic driver related (as i have had lots of problems with graphic stuff freeing systems) i have completely removed framebuffer stuff and all the crashes have occured while in a text mode console not in X.

Is there anyway to find out what is causing my system to freeze (some log i can access or a debug mode i can enable in the kernel for my SATA controler). I understand that the SATA stuff is new so perhapse theres still bug around.

The mobo is a A-Open AK79G MAX.

bhatcher 01-18-2004 01:40 PM

Have you tried running it off of the regular controller, and disabling promise in the bios? (just to see if you experience the same thing). I don't think there's a debug mode for the driver itself.. could turn it on for ext3, though I'm not sure how much that would help. And there's always strace :) I'm not sure what else...

Is it possible that it's heat related? Just a wildcard here, but more often than not, my freezes have been caused by heat. To the point where when I start experiencing them, the first thing I do is pop off the case cover and point a fan at it to see if it makes a difference. But I like to overclock, so I guess that's standard practice :P

Good luck!

Hegemon 01-19-2004 02:23 AM

Carn't run it without the Promise controler otherwise i wont have a harddrive :p

It shouldn't be heatrelated unless linux runs alot hotter that windows.

Hegemon 01-21-2004 12:49 AM

I removed ACPI from the kernel as I saw a few posts that said it was a problem. I still get crashes though :( XWindows is actualy quite stable now that i got it setup properally. Still have problems when doing somthing like updatedb, although the system does seem more stable and does smaller things like compile kernels fine.

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