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Old 02-15-2002, 05:10 PM   #1
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Strange Instability..

I've come to have a strange instability problem recently..
What happens in that without warning linux with freeze the computer solid. Generally if I walk away and leave the system doing what ever it does weather it be left in command prompt or in xwindows it will just freeze. I don't think this is a problem with linux because windows suffers a similar problem where it will just suddenly reboot the computer or freeze.

The changes I've made prior to this happens is that I've swapped the processor from a 667 p3 to an 866 p3 and have installed a sound blaster live.

There are no logs to indicate it happening in ethier os..

I was wondering if anyone has experienced this after putting in a sound blaster live? It almost feels video related..
The video card is a Ge force 2 mx400 which I've had for about a year with no real issues until now. The mother board is a abit vh6t.. using 512meg of 133 sdram, system bus running at 133.
Using redhat 7.1, standard kernel.
I've heard that you should reinstall os's after making major system changes but I thought that only applied to motherboard changes.

Any ideas as to a possible cause.
Old 02-15-2002, 06:30 PM   #2
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You aren't overclocking at all, are you?
Old 02-15-2002, 06:40 PM   #3
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It could be an AGP issue. The linux kernel comes with it's own agp 'driver' (AGPGART) which can conflict with the nvidia 'driver' (NvAGP). See APPENDIX F: CONFIGURING AGP in the nvidia README.
Old 02-15-2002, 07:58 PM   #4
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Not over clocking at all..
I agp is currently set to 4x.. I'll try lower it and see if it makes any differences..maybe lower the ram speed as well..
Old 02-16-2002, 05:32 AM   #5
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Same thing in both OS's sounds like some wiggy hardware. What breaks most? Hard drives! Afterall, they are the only thing with moving parts... well, fans and CDroms too. It would probably be easiest to check that in windows. This is assuming that the both Linux and windows are sharing the same drive. Also, you might want to try memcheck on the RAM. Some of the PC133 to come out in the past two years has been reallllllly cheap.


Old 06-24-2006, 06:34 PM   #6
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It seems I am having the same problem. I have a P3 733MHz. Currently running gentoo linux (2.6.14). It seems that when I had the serial support compiled into the kernel, it caused the freezing more often. Without serial support, it still freezes, but not as often.

Has anyone else experienced the same problems recently? How about a solution?



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