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Old 11-17-2003, 03:45 PM   #1
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Suse Linux problem: monitor display crashes


Platform: Suse Linux 8.2 and 9.0

Hardwares: eMachines T1090 with integrated Intel® Direct AGP graphics card and Sony CPDG220R monitor

Problem Symptoms: After booting to KDE, everything will work normally for a while. And then at a random time the display crashes. With the 8.2 before, most of the screen went blank except that there was a vertical green line at the very left edge. With the newly installed 9.0 version, there are many vertical lines of differental colors across the whole screen. Once this happens, I have to force it to shut down and reboot every time. Very frustrated!

I have a dual system, with Windows XP I have not got any problem whatsoever. So I think there must be something wrong with drivers or settings in Suse Linux. Tried to get rid of this problem by updating from 8.2 to 9.0. But it doesn't help much.

Solution: Please help!
 
Old 11-17-2003, 04:16 PM   #2
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Did you have a look at your logfiles to
see whether there's an indication of
what the problem might be?

Logs live in /var/log
Use
ls -ltr
to sort them in terminal, most recent last,
and read the most recently changed ones....

Cheers,
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Old 11-17-2003, 04:20 PM   #3
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I will check into the log file and post it here soon. Hopefully it will help locate the problem. Thank you, Tinkster, for your reply!
 
Old 11-17-2003, 05:00 PM   #4
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Does anybody have other ideas to solve this problem?

Does anybody have other ideas to solve this problem?
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:38 PM   #5
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Press F2 after the boot. Check if you have red or yellow remarks on the right site of the screen.

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Old 11-17-2003, 11:09 PM   #6
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Tried to locate log files. Found a list of files under /var/log/ folder. One file, called lastlog, seems to be the one to look after. But it is totally blank somehow. Read other files also, could not find very helpful hint.

Tried pressing F2 also. Nothing came up.

Crushed again a moment ago. But this time showed a blank screen with a green vertical line at left edge. Weird.

Please help!
 
Old 11-18-2003, 02:37 PM   #7
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It looks like trouble with the Display or Displayadapterdrivers.

Check YAST > Hardware > Graphic card
What doe it tell you about the display (perhaps it is unknown) are the frequencies good ? Check your display docs.
What doe it tell about the Display adapter ? Does it give the right description?

Your System log is in : /var/log/messages
Her the kernel reports all errors and things that went well.
You can check the file to see if anything went wrong during installation.

cb
 
Old 11-19-2003, 09:57 PM   #8
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Problem seems solved

I think the problem was with the monitor settings. The suse linux set a higher vertical frequency than what the monitor manual says. The horizontal one was very close though. After changing the veritcal frequency, it seems the problem has been solved so far. I have been working for several hours now, not crashed yet. Before it used to crash in about 15 minutes after boot.

I will post again if it crash again. Thank you all for your help!
 
  


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