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Old 07-26-2003, 01:56 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 Random Hard Freeze - Anyone else with this problem?

I know it's not nice to report problems without giving too much debug info, but this one just doesn't have specific reasons to it. here's what i've got:

my mandrake 9.1 system locks up completely, graphics, sound, and mouse, at seemingly random times. It did it as i was writing an email, reading a webpage, and doing some text editing, and a few other places. apparently, activities not related to eachother. it does this about once every do or two.

it's a reasonably new install (3 weeks old). i haven't done anthing strange with it. the CPU temp seems OK.

does anyone else have this problem?

FIC AU13 board
Athlon 2500+ barton
2x 256 DDR RAM
Maxtor DiamondMax 80GB
Nvidia GF4 MX420
onboard sound
Mandrkae 9.1
Enlightenment window manager
Old 07-26-2003, 03:01 PM   #2
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When you get completely random lockups, the finger often points to RAM problems. Reseat the RAM, try running memtest, take one bank out and see if it's better etc.
Old 07-26-2003, 03:06 PM   #3
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yup, been there before. my RAM is brand spankin' new though. i'll try some memtests though. thanks
Old 07-26-2003, 07:01 PM   #4
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RAM or overheating? Possibly even a poorly seated PCI card? If it is truly random, then it is almost certainly a hardware issue - so double check everything to make sure there are no loose cables, etc.
Old 07-27-2003, 12:37 PM   #5
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I was getting lockups when i had to much heat and too much power supply load on my little linux box, took out the radeon 9500 and problems solved.
Old 07-28-2003, 10:44 AM   #6
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Are you using pcmcia. the older drivers may have a problem. I had a pcmcia device that caused lockups. It was fixed on upgrade. Hot swap will lock it upif I don't shut it dow properly. new version is pcmcia 3.2.5
Old 07-28-2003, 10:47 AM   #7
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nope, not using pcmcia.
Old 11-18-2003, 07:37 AM   #8
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am also having the same problem. Machine works lovely under xp, but has random freezes in mandrake. My machine is about a month old. Already ram diags on the memory (they passed), am thinking it's the video card (radeon 5200), and am going to put the propper drivers on.

You had any more ideas leiavoia??


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